Governor Reviewing Gambling Proposal Passed by the Senate on Thursday to See if it is a “Good Deal” for Alabama

March 10, 2024 | Government

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey said on Friday she’s reviewing whether a gambling package passed by the Senate on Thursday is a “good deal” for Alabama.

The constitutional amendment, HB 151, passed in the Senate with one vote to spare over the necessary 21-vote threshold by a margin of 22-11. Accompanying enabling legislation, HB 152 passed by the same margin. State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) carried both bills in the Senate.

According to local media outlet ‘1819 News‘ The substitute amendments under the amended Senate plan include a statewide lottery and a requirement that the governor negotiate a gambling compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI). Sports betting, online gambling or other non-PCI new casinos aren’t included in the Senate’s amendment like the House’s version. The constitutional amendment would be voted on in the Senate plan on September 10 in a special election.

Ivey has previously said she prefers the House’s gambling legislation passed in February.

“I am pleased the Senate advanced these bills and that the legislative process will continue. I will be thoroughly reviewing the latest versions to ensure what goes to the people is a good deal for the state,” Ivey told ‘1819 News‘ on Friday.

SOURCE: 1819 News.