The Alabama Senate decided Friday it would not take up a lottery bill with changes the House made, effectively killing the measure and forcing lawmakers to find other revenues to close a shortfall in the state’s Medicaid program.
After the Alabama House approved the controversial lottery bill early Friday in a 64-35 vote, the Senate voted 23 to 7 against a motion to concur with amendments made by the legislature’s lower chamber.
No conference committee was appointed and since the House decided to adjourn until September 6 before the Senate voted, the bill’s sponsor Senator Jim McClendon declared his legislation officially dead.
However, McClendon did report after the vote that he plans to reintroduce his lottery bill during next year’s session.
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