Two constitutional amendments to legalize gambling and create a state lottery have been introduced in the Alabama Legislature.
SB 282 by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, would establish the Alabama Education Lottery and allow casino-style gaming at two new facilities operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, if a compact were signed with the tribe.
HB 418 by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, would create the Alabama Lottery with proceeds split between the First Class Pre-K Program and college scholarships. It would authorize the sale of paper lottery tickets, including instant tickets and multi-state lottery games.
Clouse’s bill has been assigned to the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee. Albritton’s bill is in the Senate Tourism Committee.
The Alabama Farmers Federation opposes legalizing gambling.