Del Marsh to introduce gambling bill this Session

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he will introduce lottery and casino legislation this Special Session, saying he thinks the public is ready to vote on gambling.

The Senate Republican leader planned to file the bill Monday, and will seek a floor vote if he thinks the votes are there. Lawmakers on Monday began a Special Session to resolve a projected fiscal year 2016 budget shortfall.

Marsh said he is not looking at the lottery bill as a solution to next year’s shortfall. However, he said the state needs to have the conversation about gambling.

Gov. Robert Bentley is trying to limit gambling discussions in the Special Session. Bentley is seeking $310 million in new revenue.

The Special Session can last for up to 30 calendar days.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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