Dueling Lottery, Sports-Betting Bills Introduced In Alabama

Despite strong opposition to any expansion of gambling in Alabama, several lawmakers have proposed bills that would bring sports betting to the state, allow voters to decide whether to launch a state lottery and authorize video lottery machines at dog tracks.

Republican state Senator Jim McClendon has filed Senate Bill 130 and Senate Bill 116. Under his proposals, the state’s four dog tracks in Birmingham, Macon County, Green County and Mobile, as well as Lowndes County, could have video lottery terminals (VLTs).

SB 130 would also authorize the state lottery to use video terminals for such games as keno, internet lottery, and multistate games.

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