Posted on August 19, 2016 by Thomas Scovill
SB3, a bill to enable a referendum on authorizing an Alabama lottery passed the Alabama senate today on a vote of 21 yes, 12 no, and 2 passes.
Albritton, Allen, Brewbaker, Bussman, Chambliss, Glover, Hightower, Orr, Pittman, Sanders, Smith, and Waggoner.
Shelnutt and Stutts passed.
Everyone else voted for it.
Senators Bussman and Orr were the only senators from north Alabama (let’s say counties on the Tennessee River) to oppose the bill.
A lottery will grow government and delay budget and other much needed reforms, delay being something most of our GOP lawmakers are quite comfortable with.
SB3 should not have been passed because revenue bills are required by the constitution to originate in the house of representatives.
The last referendum on a Constitutional Amendment to authorize an Alabama lottery was in 1999 when Don Siegelman was governor. The referendum failed and he is now in prison.
In 2016 Robert Bentley is governor and he is working hard for a referendum on a Constitutional Amendment to authorize an Alabama lottery. I love precedents. Maybe Don and Bob can get adjoining cells.
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