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Alabama Gambling Bill Faces Uncertain Future Despite Removing Sports Betting From Poposal

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Alabama is facing an uphill battle to pass any legislation on gambling, despite officials removing sports betting from any proposal to lawmakers earlier this month.

Legislation to start a state lottery as well as the possibility of casinos and other gambling options is now looking unlikely in Alabama, with state officials divided over sports betting and online casino gaming laws.

Lawmakers are looking to implement casinos (with multiple table games on offer) alongside sports betting, but at a scaled down version of the current proposal.

Alabama state officials are looking to find common ground with a house-approved casino plan as any gambling proposal will require the majority of voters and three fifths of lawmakers to pass.

Alabama Gaming Faces Latest Setback

Current Senate President Greg Reed spoke before officials broke up for Spring Break this week, saying there are still some ‘non-starters’ within the proposal.

“As you all are aware, we minimised the casino opportunity, eliminated the sports betting, which were topics that were non-starters in the Senate body,” said Reed.

House members officially approved a constitutional amendment to allow a state lottery in Alabama as well as up to ten casinos with slot machines and table games.

The new senate plan significantly reduced the amount of casinos proposed, as well as the elimination of sports betting that was hard fought ever since the plan came to lawmakers.

Despite no sports betting in the new senate plan, there is room for a state lottery, several dog tracks and electronic slot machines that could all be coming to Alabama if the legislation passes.

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