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Alabama Gaming

10/28/2017

article Business closes amid gambling lawsuit
(Alabama) -- A north Alabama business must close until a judge rules on a lawsuit claiming it operates illegal gambling machines, a decision the state cited Thursday as...

10/26/2017

article Judge orders Morgan County business to shut down gambling machines
(Alabama) -- A Morgan County business that is being accused of running an illegal gambling operation has been temporarily shut down, the Alabama Attorney General...

10/12/2017

article AG Marshall files civil lawsuits to combat illegal gambling
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Oct. 4 that he is pursuing legal action against casinos in five counties where illegal slot machines...

10/9/2017

article Alabama Attorney General Says B-I-N-G-No To Electronic Machines
(Alabama) -- The battle over the difference between electronic bingo and slot machines is heating up in the state of Alabama once again. Wednesday, Alabama Attorney...

10/6/2017

article Alabama AG Sues to Shut Down Charity Bingo Operators Offering Slots
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall has filed numerous lawsuits against charity bingo halls, claiming they’re operating illegal slot machines in...
article Gamer discusses Morgan County venue targeted in anti-casino lawsuit
(Alabama) -- A Morgan County entertainment venue might be forced to shut down because of a civil lawsuit filed by the Attorney General Steve Marshall. That suit alleges...
article Greene County leaders vow to fight bingo lawsuit
(Alabama) -- Greene County leaders vowed this week to defend the state’s latest attempts to shut down bingo facilities in the county. The Alabama attorney general...

10/5/2017

article AG Marshall Announces Lawsuits to Put an End to Illegal Gambling
(Alabama) -- In a Wednesday press release, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that his office has filed multiple lawsuits against casinos in five counties that...
article Casino owners criticize Alabama attorney general
(Alabama) -- Casino operators are lashing out at lawsuits filed by the state attorney general to try to shut down electronic gambling operations. VictoryLand attorney...

10/4/2017

article Alabama AG Steve Marshall sues to shut down electronic bingo casinos
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed lawsuits in five counties against electronic bingo casinos using machines he says are illegal slot...

8/23/2017

article Alabama Attorney General Drops The Hammer On Illegal Gambling
(Alabama) -- Yesterday Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and Jefferson County District Attorney Pro Tem Danny Carr announced their court victory over an Alabama...
article Jefferson County Circuit Court rules against gambling facility
(Alabama) -- The Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled against a Birmingham gambling facility on Tuesday, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced. Bid City had...

8/1/2017

article Mobile Greyhound Park to end live races
(Alabama) -- Citing a declining demand in the local market and hurdles created by Alabama’s prohibitive gambling laws, the Mobile Greyhound Park in Tillman’s...

7/14/2017

article Gov. Kay Ivey disbands gambling, grocery tax task forces
(Alabama) -- Gov. Kay Ivey Wednesday disbanded 18 commissions, councils and task forces set up by Gov. Robert Bentley. The casualties included the Alabama Advisory...

7/11/2017

article Kay Ivey informally dissolves Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming
(Alabama) -- Gov. Kay Ivey is shutting down the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming. Established in 2016 by then-Gov. Robert Bentley, the 11-member committee was to...

4/7/2017

article Alabama GOP chief Terry Lathan shuts down gambling claims found in Bentley emails
(Alabama) -- The head of Alabama's Republican Party has responded to allegations she supports gambling, charges that emerged today as part of a massive data dump...

3/23/2017

article Alabama Legislators Attempt to Pass Daily Fantasy Sports Bill
(Alabama) -- Proponents of legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports in Alabama are hoping a traditionally unlucky number turns their fortunes. The state legislature is debating...

3/6/2017

article Online fantasy sports could soon be legal in Alabama
(Alabama) -- A fan of fantasy sports crossing the state line into Alabama will find the major daily fantasy sports’ websites no longer will load on a mobile phone.

2/7/2017

article Legislators head back to Montgomery today, reminded Alabama gambling laws 'crystal clear'
(Alabama) -- There is this idea that there’s confusion about gambling in Alabama,” said Eric Johnston during the sixth meeting of Gov. Robert Bentley’s...

1/26/2017

article Alabama gambling advisory council hears spirited debate from public
(Alabama) -- Four people told the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming that voters should settle the issue of whether to allow a lottery and other forms of gambling during...
article Alabama gambling report will be delayed
(Alabama) -- The Governor’s Council on Gambling met for two hours Thursday, hearing arguments over the economic impact of gambling and its potential social...

1/13/2017

article Culver: People, not politics, need to decide gambling issue
(Alabama) -- The chairman of the Houston County Commission told a committee Thursday people, not politics, need to decide the state’s gambling controversy. Mark...

12/26/2016

article State of Alabama Wins Appeal to Destroy Seized Greenetrack Bingo Machines
(Alabama) -- For the second time this year, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that electronic bingo is illegal within the state of Alabama, Attorney General Luther...

12/23/2016

article Alabama Supreme Court Reaffirms Electronic Bingo is Illegal in Alabama
(Alabama) -- For the second time this year, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that electronic bingo is illegal within the state of Alabama, Attorney General Luther...
article Alabama Supreme Court: State can seize gambling machines
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a lower court and says the state can seize more than 800 electronic bingo machines from a west Alabama gambling hall...
article Gambling halls lose 2 fights before Alabama Supreme Court
(Alabama) -- Gambling halls lost two legal battles before the Alabama Supreme Court on Friday, with the justices ruling the state can keep more than more than 800...

12/5/2016

article Lottery authorities warn Alabama over draft legislation
(Alabama) -- The president of Louisiana's lottery said Alabama should be careful in how it drafts lottery legislation and cautioned against defining the game too...

12/2/2016

article Views on lottery may have shifted after input from other states
(Alabama) -- The heads of two state lotteries spoke Thursday to a group looking at gambling issues in Alabama and may have changed some views. Rose Hudson, president of...

12/1/2016

article Alabama gambling council hears from state lottery executives
(Alabama) -- The president of Louisiana's lottery said Alabama should be careful in how it drafts lottery legislation and cautioned against defining the game too...

11/30/2016

article Leaders of two state lotteries to speak to Bentley council
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley's advisory council on gambling will hear from leaders of lotteries in two states on Thursday. Rose Hudson, president and CEO of the...

11/22/2016

article AG Strange reacts to gambling protest outside his office
(Alabama) -- The battle over Greenetrack hit the doorsteps of Alabama's attorney general Tuesday. Supporters of the racetrack, Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Greene County...

11/3/2016

article Gambling advisory council meeting closed to media, governor's office says
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley's advisory council on gaming will meet for the first time on Thursday, but the meeting will be closed to the media, the governor...

10/28/2016

article State alcohol agency also controls flagellation, exotic dancing and slots
(Alabama) -- I'll confess that I had to look up the word "flagellation" as it appears in the administrative code of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control...

10/26/2016

article '60 Minutes' connects NFL players to failed SE Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- The casino and entertainment complex was to have been a major economic development attraction for southeast Alabama, but it ended up at the center of the...

10/25/2016

article Report: NFL players lost millions after investing in Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- A 60 Minutes report found that one NFL financial advisor cost dozens of players millions in personal losses. Alabama’s gambling laws are at the center...

10/24/2016

article 60 Minutes connects NFL players' investments to failed Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- Former Alabama Attorney General Troy King appeared tonight in a segment of the CBS news program 60 Minutes about NFL players who lost millions of dollars in...
article NFL Players Lost Millions in Failed Alabama Casino, But as Investors, Not Gamblers
(Alabama) -- Country Crossing, an Alabama casino presented to NFL players as an investment that would afford them the opportunity to live the luxurious lifestyles in...
article Our View: Alabama’s gambling dilemma isn’t going anywhere that will please everyone
(Alabama) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley recently announced he is creating an advisory council on gambling to look at how other states handle the industry and to make a...

10/23/2016

article Appointments made to Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming
(Alabama) -- After an executive order was signed by Governor Robert Bentley of the state of Alabama, the creation of the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming was set to...
article VIDEO: 60 Minutes puts Houston Co. casino controversy in national spotlight
(Alabama) -- Houston County’s controversial Country Crossing development that went bust was in the national spotlight on 60 minutes Sunday night with NFL players...

10/22/2016

article Panel to address Alabama gambling laws
(Alabama) -- A local state senator has been named to the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming to assess gambling laws across the state. Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro...

10/20/2016

article Lottery, gambling bills to return in 2017
(Alabama) -- Bills to create an Alabama lottery and legalize other forms of gambling are on their way back to the Alabama Legislature in 2017, but it’s unclear...

10/16/2016

article Gambling (and electronic bingo) would hurt Alabamians
(Alabama) -- You may think gambling is not your problem, but it is. If gambling becomes widespread, your quality of life will be hurt. There will be more crime, more...

10/12/2016

article Strange weighs in on gambling, issues facing state
(Alabama) -- Attorney General Luther Strange says if Alabamians want legalized gambling, such as electronic bingo, there’s a way to make that happen. “I...

10/11/2016

article OP/ED: Why don't we have gambling in Alabama?
(Alabama) -- Listening to the news recently, I learned that Gov. Robert Bentley has taken the stand that we need to do something to decide the issue of gambling in our...

10/7/2016

article OUR VIEW: What will new gambling council accomplish?
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley has, during his tenure, been big on launching commissions or panels to ponder and make recommendations on various issues.

10/6/2016

article Alabama’s gambling paradox
(Alabama) -- Alabama’s elected officials have a love-hate relationship with gambling, and that won’t change anytime soon. Instead, confusion reigns, and that...

10/4/2016

article Creation of advisory council on gambling announced by Alabama governor
(Alabama) -- After Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange sent joint letters to the Macon County sheriff, district attorney, and officials...

10/3/2016

article Alabama governor to appoint gambling advisory council, says enforcement up to locals
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley this afternoon announced he is creating an advisory council on gambling to try to resolve ongoing disagreements over electronic bingo...
article Bentley forms gambling advisory council
(Alabama) -- Saying that the issue of gambling in Alabama is one that will never end, Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday announced the formation of an advisory council that...
article Gov. Robert Bentley seeks comprehensive review of gambling in Alabama, forms new Gaming Council
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley is calling for a comprehensive review of gambling in Alabama, with the formation of a panel to provide recommendations that could lead...
article Governor announces creation of advisory council on gambling
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley announced Monday afternoon that he is creating an advisory council on gambling. The Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming will release a...
article Lt. Gov. Ivey: Don't count on gambling debate next year
(Alabama) -- Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey spoke to the Shades Valley Rotary Club on Monday. She told attendees not to count on the Alabama legislature to debate gambling...

10/1/2016

article Macon, Lowndes officials answer bingo letter from Bentley, Strange
(Alabama) -- Several officials in Macon and Lowndes counties have responded to a joint letter from Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange telling them...

9/24/2016

article Bentley says his 2015 order on gambling was 'misread,' urges local authorities to clamp down on bingo machines
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that he expects local sheriffs and district attorneys to enforce the state's anti-gambling statutes. He said, too, that...
article Bentley, Strange ask local officials to close bingo casinos
(Alabama) -- Alabama's governor and attorney general are asking law enforcement officials to shut down newly reopened electronic gambling operations, including one...

9/18/2016

article Despite Alabama Supreme Court ruling, Victoryland casino reopens
(Alabama) -- Despite an Alabama Supreme Court ruling which shut down its electronic bingo operations for nearly three years, the controversial VictoryLand casino...

9/12/2016

article Guest commentary: Once again, the Legislature fails to let Alabamians vote
(Alabama) -- After nearly two decades of waiting, it seemed like the people of Alabama were finally going to get the chance to vote on a lottery.

8/29/2016

article Alabama lottery bill fails in home stretch
(Alabama) -- Tough political math doomed Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed state lottery. The governor’s lottery bill was overwhelmingly defeated at the...
article REP. MOORE: What they didn’t tell you: Alabama lawmakers were only presented with half a lottery plan
(Alabama) -- When Gov. Robert Bentley summoned lawmakers for a special session to consider the creation of a state lottery, I traveled to Montgomery with apprehension as...
article Long-term Medicaid funding in limbo after lottery fails
(Alabama) -- Last Friday, lawmakers saw a lottery bill die just as it was one vote away from going to the people. The blame was mainly a house amendment that seemed to...

8/26/2016

article Alabama lottery bill stumbles before finish line
(Alabama) -- A combination of missing senators and Senate Democrats concerned about the bill’s effect on existing gambling brought a halt to an effort to give...

8/25/2016

article Alabama House debating Gov. Robert Bentley lottery proposal
(Alabama) -- Alabama House members are debating the pros and cons of Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery proposal. Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, offered a substitute bill...
article Alabama House refuses to end lottery debate
(Alabama) -- The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday night refused to stop debate on a proposed state lottery. Representatives voted down a motion to force a...
article Alabama House takes lottery debate into the night
(Alabama) -- The House of Representatives carried a long debate over establishing a statewide lottery well into the night Thursday, without any certainty on when a vote...

8/24/2016

article Alabama lottery bill headed to make-or-break House vote
(Alabama) -- Like Schrodinger’s cat, it’s impossible to tell if the Alabama lottery bill is alive or dead. But it’s clear the amendment is in an...

8/23/2016

article Alabama closes in on state lottery
(Alabama) -- Alabama is a step closer to introducing a lottery after plans were approved by the state’s Senate. The bill proposed by Governor Robert Bentley is...

8/22/2016

article Texas Tribe Urges Federal Judge To Lift Bingo Ban [sub req]
(Texas) -- The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas on Friday urged a federal court to lift an injunction blocking the tribe from offering electronic bingo on its...
article As Alabama legislature debates lottery, VictoryLand brings back electronic bingo
(Alabama) -- As the Alabama legislature wrestles with whether to approve a state-sponsored lottery, gambling boss Milton McGregor has announced plans to reopen his...
article Can the governor's lottery proposal survive the House?
(Alabama) -- Lawmakers are gearing up for round two in the battle for a statewide lottery. Tuesday, the House begins debating the governor's lottery plan. After the...
article Lottery fight moves to Alabama House of Representatives
(Alabama) -- It escaped a battle in the Senate Friday. Now an Alabama lottery bill faces a minefield in the House of Representatives. The constitutional amendment, aimed...

8/19/2016

article Texas AG: Fine Alabama-Coushatta bingo hall $10K per day
(Texas) -- Months after Alabama-Coushatta revived its long-dormant bingo hall, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has urged a federal judge to shut it down, an issue that...
article Governor's lottery bill heads to possible vote in Senate
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery bill appears headed for a vote in the Alabama Senate on Friday night, even though it's unclear there is enough support...

8/18/2016

article Lottery, gambling proposal all but dead in Senate
(Alabama) -- A sweeping bill that would bring a lottery and some expanded gambling to the state — in the hopes of shoring up the state’s troubled General...
article Senate rejects 1 lottery bill, moves to governor's bill
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery bill heads to a possible Alabama Senate floor vote on Friday after senators rejected a broader plan to allow electronic...
article Stalled lottery bill heads to vote in Alabama Senate
(Alabama) -- Lottery legislation is headed to a vote in the Alabama Senate sometime Thursday. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he intends to seek a vote on a...
article Bill could give more gambling options to Center Stage
(Alabama) -- Proposed legislation that would allow gambling expansion at Center Stage Alabama is expected to be put before state senators Thursday afternoon. The...
article Bill to allow machines that resemble slots at Center Stage dies quickly
(Alabama) -- A legislative bill that would have allowed gambling devices that resemble slot machines at Center Stage Alabama and other places was shot down Thursday in...

8/17/2016

article Analysis: The truth about Alabama's proposed gambling bills
(Alabama) -- Let’s get a few things straight about these lottery bills. On Tuesday, just as an Alabama Senate committee was getting set to take up bills that would...
article Lottery bill stalls in Alabama Senate
(Alabama) -- A lottery bill has quickly stalled in the Alabama Senate amid deep disagreements among lawmakers over gambling. Senators debated a lottery bill for several...
article Alabama Lottery Legalization Could Impact Ga. Sales
(Alabama) -- Alabama is one of only six states that doesn't sell lottery tickets, but that could change soon. Lawmakers in Alabama are divided on whether to legalize...

8/16/2016

article Ala. lottery headed for Senate debate; vote uncertain
(Alabama) -- Lottery legislation will make it to a debate on the floor of the Senate. But the leader of the chamber can’t promise anything beyond that.
article Alabama AG: Governor's lottery proposal doesn't have loopholes that will lead to casino gambling
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Tuesday issued a statement opposing a lottery to help fund state government. But he said the governor's...
article Lottery bill will reach the Senate floor, says Marsh
(Alabama) -- The Senate will consider some lottery bill, the leader of the Alabama Senate promised in committee Tuesday morning. But it was clear from an hourlong...
article Luther Strange weighs in on Alabama lottery legislation
(Alabama) -- Various lottery bills are being considered by Alabama state lawmakers Tuesday, but Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange doesn’t support any of them...
article Two lottery bills pass first hurdle at Alabama State House
(Alabama) -- A Senate committee has approved dueling lottery bills as lawmakers try to strike a compromise on gambling. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on...
article “Big” Luther Strange has a Big Problem with an Alabama Lottery
(Alabama) -- Lottery bills are getting their first test with Alabama lawmakers today, but the state’s Attorney General isn’t on board. Luther Strange...
article Judge orders $191k in seized bingo money goes into Alabama general fund
(Alabama) -- Alabama's General Fund just got a nearly $200,000 boost thanks to a judge's ruling that the state can keep money seized during an electronic bingo...

8/15/2016

article Luther Strange celebrates court ruling favoring state in electronic bingo forfeiture case
(Alabama) -- Attorney General Luther Strange is praising a ruling Monday by the Greene County Circuit Court in controversial seizures by the state of electronic bingo...
article Alabama lottery bills set for hearings on Tuesday
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery proposal, as well as competing plans, are scheduled for consideration on Tuesday in an Alabama Senate committee. The...

8/14/2016

article Five new twists in the upcoming lottery debate
(Alabama) -- It’s deja vu, all over again. On Monday, Alabama lawmakers are expected to return to Montgomery to find a late-hour solution to a hole in the coming...
article Why a lottery is a bad bet for Alabama
(Alabama) -- If something appears too good to be true, it usually is. A good example is the promise from Governor Robert Bentley that a lottery will provide much needed...

8/13/2016

article VLTs: Alabama's new gambling machines?
(Alabama) -- When Sen. Jim McClendon introduced a bill this week that would bring a lottery to the state, there were a handful of differences between that bill and a...

8/12/2016

article Bentley claims ‘casino gambling people’ partially to blame for affair rumors in newly released recording
(Alabama) -- A new recording of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaking to Rep. Allen Farley (R-Bessemer) in the wake of Bentley’s then-wife Dianne filing for divorce...
article Lawmaker releases tape of Gov. Bentley discussing divorce, gambling
(Alabama) -- Rep. Allen Farley says he recorded a phone call last year with Gov. Robert Bentley because he'd already been burned once by the governor and didn't...
article Lottery's prospects uncertain on eve of special session
(Alabama) -- The General Fund is in trouble and must be fixed before a rapidly approaching deadline. That’s a familiar problem for the Alabama Legislature.

8/10/2016

article Birmingham Race Course wants gaming machines added to lottery vote
(Alabama) -- The Birmingham Race Course wants video gaming machines and horse racing to return to the track. Ownership wants video lottery machines installed at all four...

8/9/2016

article Alabama senator introduces competing lottery proposal to Bentley's plan
(Alabama) -- State Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, laid out a competing proposal Tuesday to Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to institute a statewide lottery as a means...
article Rival lottery bill to include video terminals
(Alabama) -- A state senator said Tuesday that he is introducing a rival lottery bill — in addition to one he is carrying for the governor — that would allow...
article Sen. Jim McClendon to propose lottery and gambling bill
(Alabama) -- There will be a lottery bill before the Legislature next week, and there will also be a bill combining a lottery with expanded gambling.

8/6/2016

article Governor Bentley releases lottery bill: "It's a simple lottery"
(Alabama) -- On Friday Governor Robert Bentley released the legislation for his proposed lottery. You can read it HERE. "It's a simple lottery. It allows people...

8/5/2016

article Bentley details lottery plan
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley this morning released the details of the constitutional amendment he is proposing to establish a state lottery.

8/4/2016

article Alabama Governor’s lottery proposal may include video lottery terminals
(Alabama) -- Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is expected to submit his lottery proposal for review before the end of this week and is expected to schedule a special...
article Poll shows Alabama Republicans split on lottery, oppose expansion of casino gambling
(Alabama) -- Alabama Republicans are almost evenly split when asked whether they believe the state should create a lottery, but remain overwhelmingly against the further...

8/3/2016

article Bentley says lottery about saving lives
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley today said lawmakers and the public will see Friday his proposal for a lottery in Alabama. Bentley said a lottery isn’t his first...
article Bentley: No casino gambling in lottery proposal
(Alabama) -- It’s not his preferred solution, nor is it one that will immediately address a funding crisis in Medicaid. But Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday his...
article Gov. Robert Bentley finalizing Alabama lottery proposal
(Alabama) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to meet Thursday morning with the likely sponsor of his lottery legislation, Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville. Bentley...
article In Alabama lottery debate, gambling money is on the status quo
(Alabama) -- Want to make a bet? Here's one. What do you think the odds are the Alabama Legislature will pass a clean lottery bill before the end of August? There...
article Poll shows Alabama Republicans split on lottery, oppose expansion of casino gambling
(Alabama) -- Alabama Republicans are almost evenly split when asked whether they believe the state should create a lottery, but remain overwhelmingly against the further...

8/2/2016

article Will a lottery even pass Alabama legislature? It's complicated
(Alabama) -- The proposal by Gov. Robert Bentley appears simple enough: The legislature, then Alabama voters, would approve a lottery that would pump $225 million...

8/1/2016

article Alabama Lottery: Neighboring states have awarded millions in college scholarships
(Alabama) -- As Alabama’s legislators head to a special session to consider Gov. Robert Bentley’s call for a state lottery, the experience of neighboring...
article Bentley went from gambling critic to lottery proponent
(Alabama) -- In Republican Gov. Robert Bentley's 2010 campaign for governor, he said he supported the people's right to vote on gambling, but that he personally...
article Gov. Bentley Goes from Gambling Critic to Lottery Supporter
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley’s support of a referendum on a state lottery comes six years after he criticized gambling as a detriment to society. The governor...
article Gov. Bentley says lottery proposal is not a distraction, but a last ditch effort
(Alabama) -- During an in depth interview with Governor Robert Bentley we covered various topics including why he is now backing the lottery and his response to critics...

7/29/2016

article Alabama governor calls special session for state lottery
(Alabama) -- In a video released Friday morning, Alabama governor Robert Bentley announced that he will call for a special session of the legislature to consider a vote...
article Bentley tells hospital group lottery money should fund Medicaid
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that a special session on a proposed state lottery will begin Aug. 15, a time frame that could have the measure before...
article Another proposal for casino gambling in Alabama
(Alabama) -- There is yet another proposal for casino gambling in Alabama. It's a matter the legislature will likely address in its upcoming special session. Will it...

7/28/2016

article Race track owner Milton McGregor declines to weigh in on lottery
(Alabama) -- The longtime owner of greyhound race tracks in Jefferson and Macon counties declined to publicly weigh in on Gov. Robert Bentley's plans to propose a...
article Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to schedule special session for legislation of state lottery
(Alabama) -- The state of Alabama has been struggling to raise sufficient funds to take care of basic services and for over a decade has had to borrow heavily and make...
article Southern Baptist leader questions Gov. Bentley's motives for lottery push
(Alabama) -- Southern Baptists have been fighting gambling since the days of brush arbor revivals across the South. They remain some of the staunchest opponents of...

7/27/2016

article WHNT Political Analyst Jess Brown weighs in on lottery discussion
(Alabama) -- The last time the lottery proposal went to voters was in 1999. A lot has changed since 1999. “17 to 18 years where Alabamians have seen almost every...

7/26/2016

article Another shot at a lottery?
(Alabama) -- A special session of the Alabama Legislature is expected to be called by Governor Bentley at any time. Ahead of the anticipated session, one lawmaker has...
article Legislators pitch gambling bills ahead of special session
(Alabama) -- State Rep. Craig Ford pre-filed two bills ahead of a special session announcement, one of which includes allowing casino gaming in Alabama.

7/25/2016

article House minority leader to pre-file lottery, casino bills for special session
(Alabama) -- House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, announced Friday that he would pre-file a pair lottery bills next week in anticipation of the governor...

7/23/2016

article Alabama lawmaker to sponsor lottery and casino bills in next session
(Alabama) -- The leader of the Democratic minority in the Alabama House of Representatives said he will pre-file two lottery bills in anticipation of a special...
article Sen. Del Marsh says Alabama lawmakers being polled on lottery
(Alabama) -- Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers are being polled about support for lottery legislation as the governor mulls a possible special session....

7/22/2016

article House Leader to Pre-File Lottery, Casino Bills for Legislative Sessions
(Alabama) -- House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, announced today that he will pre-file a pair lottery bills next week in anticipation of the governor calling a...

7/20/2016

article Attorney: No answer yet on gaming issue
(Alabama) -- It is going to take time to sort out the legal issues surrounding the electronic gaming machines that are gaining popularity, county attorney Eddie Jackson...

7/15/2016

article Alabama Supreme Court grants stay on Greenetrack gambling ruling
(Alabama) -- Greenetrack Bingo & Racing, a gambling facility located within the state of Alabama, has been fighting for years to be able to offer bingo gambling...

7/6/2016

article Electronic bingo gains foothold in county
(Alabama) -- Seven years after a Jefferson County judge ruled that Walker County’s bingo machines were illegal, electronic bingo games are once again being played...

6/26/2016

article Alabama AG responds to judge’s Greenetrack ruling
(Alabama) -- In the seemingly never-ending battle over the operation of electronic bingo machines in the state of Alabama, on Wednesday, Circuit Judge Houston L. Brown...

6/23/2016

article Judge rules Greenetrack bingo machines are legal
(Alabama) -- A judge has ordered the state to return seized electronic gambling machines to Greenetrack after finding that the machines comply with state law. Circuit...

4/29/2016

article Debate continues on Alabama lottery
(Alabama) -- As the budget hearings began for the 2016 Legislative Session in January the largest Powerball lottery sweepstakes in American history was playing out. It...

4/27/2016

article Column: Inside the Statehouse
(Alabama) -- As the budget hearings began for the 2016 Legislative Session in January the largest Powerball lottery sweepstakes in American history was playing out. It...
article Gambling not a problem in Alabama, will legislation change that?
(Alabama) -- Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday begin the home stretch of the 2016 legislative session, and despite passing the state’s General Fund and Education...

4/22/2016

article Alabama Legislature seems unlikely to approve lottery
(Alabama) -- Efforts to create a statewide lottery appear to be dead in the current session, despite a Senate committee’s approval Thursday of an amendment that...

4/21/2016

article Alabama senator makes one last push for lottery vote before end of legislative session
(Alabama) -- As the 2016 Alabama legislative session rushes to the finish line, one legislator is pushing for a lottery vote one last time.

4/14/2016

article Senate rejects Greenetrack casino bill
(Alabama) -- Senators on Wednesday were four votes short of the 21 votes needed to approve the proposed constitutional amendment. Senators on Wednesday were four votes...

4/13/2016

article GreeneTrack amendment falls short of Senate passage
(Alabama) -- A constitutional amendment aimed to strengthen the legal standing of GreeneTrack in Greene County fell four votes short of passage Wednesday morning.

4/12/2016

article OP/ED: Alabama’s bingo conundrum
(Alabama) -- The state’s aggressive campaign against electronic bingo began in late 2009 when former Gov. Bob Riley appointed former Mobile prosecutor John Tyson...

4/11/2016

article The Gambling Issue
(Alabama) -- I don’t know about you but I am really getting tired of the state wasting time and money arguing with other governments and internally about slot...

4/6/2016

article Bentley weighs in on electronic bingo following AL high court ruling
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley sides with the Alabama Supreme Court that electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama. Bentley gave his stance on the matter in a recent...

4/2/2016

article Alabama Supreme Court hopes it has seen the last of electronic bingo
(Alabama) -- A seemingly frustrated Alabama Supreme Court hopes it has issued its last order regarding "bingo" after a ruling that allows the Attorney General...
article Court rules against gambling machines return to VictoryLand, Alabama Senior Games
(Alabama) -- The fight over gambling in Alabama has a new chapter. The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled against the Victoryland casino and in favor of the state in...

3/31/2016

article Strange responds to questions about AL's stance on bingo machines
(Alabama) -- The attorney general's office responded to questions from the U.S. Department of Justice. Last week, federal officials asked the state's position on...

3/30/2016

article MORON ALERT: Gov. Robert Bentley attempted to avoid AG probe into affair, lawmaker says
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley last year attempted to stop a Republican lawmaker from presenting concerns over the governor's relationship with a top adviser to...

3/28/2016

article EDITORIAL: Bingo amendment worse than original
(Alabama) -- State Sen. Bobby Singleton has introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that would supersede an amendment that allows gambling on bingo in Greene...

3/26/2016

article U.S. Attorney has questions for governor and AG about Alabama bingo machines
(Alabama) -- Tuskegee mayor Johnny Ford has enlisted the U.S. Attorney’s office in a bid to clear the way for electronic bingo to resume operations at nearby...

3/25/2016

article Governor Bentley Faces Ethics Charge and Alabama Gambling Questioned
(Alabama) -- Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is facing another hurdle this week. State Auditor Jim Zeigler has filed an ethics complaint against Bentley and Bentley...
article US Attorney questions state's position in bingo debate
(Alabama) -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama is confused by the state’s gaming laws and would like clarification from the governor and...

3/12/2016

article Lawmaker proposes lottery split between General Fund, ETF
(Alabama) -- State Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, said today he's still hopeful of bringing his lottery bill to the House floor this session and will propose...

2/26/2016

article Why was federal sentence reduced for creator of proposed Alabama electronic bingo casino?
(Alabama) -- Alabama businessman Ronnie Gilley, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiring to offer legislators money, campaign contributions, and campaign assistance for...

2/24/2016

article Senate committee considers joining multi-state lottery
(Alabama) -- A Senate committee on Wednesday debated, but did not vote, on a proposal to have Alabama join multi-state lottery games like Mega-Millions and Powerball....

2/13/2016

article No sure bet: Lottery bill divides Alabama Legislature
(Alabama) -- The chances of the Alabama Legislature approving a lottery referendum? More stratospheric than astronomical, but up in the air. A House committee Wednesday...

2/12/2016

article Radio host Rick Burgess in anti-gambling video: Lottery is 'lazy plan' from politicians
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Policy Institute is launching a full-scale assault on plans to expand gambling in Alabama. Birmingham-based API said it will roll out a series...

2/11/2016

article The lottery debate continues in Alabama
(Alabama) -- It's the age-old question once again facing the state of Alabama, to have a lottery or not to have a lottery? On Wednesday in Montgomery there was a...

2/10/2016

article Alabama House committee OKs lottery bill
(Alabama) -- A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that would allow voters to decide whether to establish a lottery in the state of Alabama. The bill,...
article House committee approves lottery bill
(Alabama) -- Lottery legislation on Wednesday cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature, a sign of eroding opposition to legalized gambling in the conservative...
article Lottery bill clears first hurdle in Alabama House
(Alabama) -- A bill to set up a statewide vote on a lottery in November cleared its first hurdle today in the Alabama Legislature. The House Economic Development and...
article Lottery bills get first discussion in Alabama Legislature
(Alabama) -- Lottery legislation is getting its first debate in the Alabama Legislature. House and Senate committees on Wednesday are holding public hearings on bills to...

2/5/2016

article BLOG: Gambling might be Alabama's last revenue option
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley had a lot of big ideas that he presented during Tuesday night’s State of the State address. He wants pre-K for all. Teachers need...

1/28/2016

article 2 charged in raid at gambling operation disguised as daycare
(Alabama) -- Two men are now formally charged after a raid on an illegal gambling establishment in eastern Birmingham that was disguised to look like a daycare.

1/27/2016

article Inside the Statehouse
(Alabama) -- As discussed last week, several of the headline Alabama news stories of 2015 may also be the blockbusters of 2016. The Mike Hubbard trial and the decision...

1/17/2016

article Our View: It's time for Alabama to take another exam on lottery fever
(Alabama) -- No one had seen anything like it, because it had never been this way before. $1,586,000,000. That’s more than $1.5 billion, and in the land of freedom...

1/12/2016

article Bill would allow voters to create Alabama lottery
(Alabama) -- Republican legislators prefiled a bill Tuesday that would put the question of a state lottery in the hands of voters.
article Josh Moon: Alabama's views on gambling are confusing
(Alabama) -- There are few things more confusing than the Alabama voting public’s attitude towards gambling. Trying to reconcile what’s legal in this state...
article Lottery bills pre-filed as jackpot rises to $1.5 billion
(Alabama) -- Two lottery bills were pre-filed by lawmakers on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s record-breaking jackpot drawing. Minority leader Craig Ford and Senator...
article Republican senator says Alabamians want vote on lottery
(Alabama) -- A Republican state senator said constituents have told him they want a chance to vote on a lottery, and he's trying to make that happen. Sen. Jim...

1/8/2016

article ALCAP remains in opposition to lottery in AL
(Alabama) -- Once again, Alabama residents are heading across the Georgia and Tennessee borders to purchase lottery tickets. With a lottery now worth more than $800...

1/7/2016

article Proposed bill could bring lottery to Alabama
(Alabama) -- With the Powerball jackpot reaching an all-time record of $700 million, more Alabamians are driving across state lines to get their hands on tickets. On...
article Republican senator to sponsor Alabama lottery bill
(Alabama) -- State Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, said today he would sponsor a lottery bill during the legislative session that begins Feb. 2. McClendon said...

1/6/2016

article Alabama Senator pushing for first public vote on lottery since 1999
(Alabama) -- The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $500 million and many Alabamians are crossing the state line for a chance to win the prize. Powerball is played in 44...

1/1/2016

article Attorney General's Office: Electronic Bingo is Illegal
(Alabama) -- The Alabama attorney general's office tells the state Supreme Court that electronic bingo is illegal, despite what Victoryland lawyers argue. The...

12/31/2015

article Court Finds Fault With Preliminary Approval Motion, Directs Plaintiff to Supplement Record
(Alabama) -- The Southern District of Alabama recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a proposed classwide settlement of TCPA claims. See...

12/30/2015

article Alabama rep. open to public vote on state lottery
(Alabama) -- The 2016 Legislative session is around the corner, and Alabama House Representative Alan Harper is planning to introduce a lottery bill… and District...

12/25/2015

article Progress and setbacks
(Alabama) -- The year drawing to a close this week brought both progress and setbacks on issues that affect Alabama residents, from economic growth to civil rights.

12/24/2015

article Alan Harper to introduce lottery bill
(Alabama) -- In 1999, Alabama voted down the idea of creating a state lottery. Sixteen years later, some Alabama legislators say it’s time reconsider the idea. Rep...

12/19/2015

article Marsh backs off casino push
(Alabama) -- A push for casino gambling in Alabama has lost its highest profile champion in the Alabama Legislature. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he won...

12/15/2015

article Alabama Christian leader warns ‘Illegal gambling is again taking over this state’
(Alabama) -- The leader of an interdenominational organization that lobbies the Alabama legislature on behalf of the Christian community issued a stern warning on...

12/13/2015

article Reopening date for VictoryLand casino expected from Milton McGregor
(Alabama) -- An announcement by Milton McGregor on WBRC Good Day Alabama on Friday may mean that the end is near for the journey towards reopening the VictoryLand casino...

12/7/2015

article Alabama Casino Proposal Off The Table Indefinitely
(Alabama) -- Efforts to legalize Las Vegas-style casinos and a lottery in Alabama are off the table for next year, as the lawmaker pushing a bill says that the support...
article Alabama Sheriff issues ultimatum to local businesses with gambling machines
(Alabama) -- Complaints concerning local businesses throughout Colbert County, Alabama possibly possessing illegal gambling machines have been received from businesses...
article Gambling machines at gas stations in Colbert County to be removed
(Alabama) -- The Colbert County Sheriff is warning gas station owners to remove their gambling machines or face being arrested. Colbert County Sheriff, Frank Williamson...

12/4/2015

article Sen. Del Marsh pulling plug on his efforts to legalize lottery and gambling
(Alabama) -- State Senate leader Del Marsh has crapped out on his roll of the political dice to legalize a lottery and Las Vegas style gambling. The Anniston Republican...

11/19/2015

article App could shake up Alabama’s lottery debate in a big way
(Alabama) -- Alabamians have been arguing over a lottery for decades now. Opponents call it a tax on the poor; they say it's morally wrong. Others think the state is...

11/15/2015

article Gambling in Ala. has small payoff
(Alabama) -- From my seat way out in left field, Montgomery seems to have exerted a lot of energy cracking down on gambling without much to show for it. After Judge...

11/14/2015

article Gambling in Ala. has small payoff
(Alabama) -- From my seat way out in left field, Montgomery seems to have exerted a lot of energy cracking down on gambling without much to show for it. After Judge...

11/13/2015

article Bentley: Gambling order clarifies 'right approach' to enforcement
(Alabama) -- "Constitutional officers, who are sheriffs and district attorneys ... they interpret (the law) and they make a decision on whether they will prosecute...

11/12/2015

article OP/ED: Gambling is about freedom, not government revenue
(Alabama) -- The Alabama legislature considered a lottery and expansion of casino gambling this year to generate new revenues for the state. Freedom, not state...

11/11/2015

article Bentley: Gambling order clarifies 'right approach' to enforcement
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday said his order sending gambling enforcement back to the county level aimed to clarify “the right approach” to the...
article Racing commission’s tax disbursements hit all-time low
(Alabama) -- Since it opened in 1973, Mobile Greyhound Park has contributed more than $135 million in revenue to local municipalities, public education and pension funds...

11/10/2015

article Governor: Order won't stop AG from enforcing gambling laws but sheriffs, DAs have primary job
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday he does not believe a new executive order he signed last week impedes Attorney Gen. Luther Strange from enforcing Alabama...
article How Governor Bentley's order could affect the future gambling in Alabama
(Alabama) -- Is Alabama's governor setting the stage so the state's antigambling laws can be changed in the next legislative session? Last week, Governor Bentley...
article OP/ED: Benedict Bentley's betrayal could end Alabama's gambling wars
(Alabama) -- There's a breach in the wall. For a generation, the fight over gambling legalization in Alabama has felt like a war of attrition, but really it has been...

11/9/2015

article Enforcement of legal, illegal gambling operations now up to local officials
(Alabama) -- The mesmerizing atmosphere of a dark, smoky casino floor complete with rows and rows of whistling electronic gambling machines continues to exist in at...
article Governor tells Valeska and Valenza the gambling issue is "in their court"
(Alabama) -- Governor Robert Bentley said Monday the sheriff and district attorney of should decide whether casino gambling in Houston County is legal as they would any...
article Lottery: Is it worth it in Alabama?
(Alabama) -- The possibility of a new state lottery seems to be once again at the forefront of lawmakers lines. Public polls from the Alabama Jobs Foundation, to AL.com...

11/6/2015

article State's Lawsuit Against Bingo Casinos Will Proceed
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state's litigation against bingo casinos will go forward despite the governor's order that local...
article Man who shut down gambling asks: If sheriffs and DA's don't enforce laws, who will?
(Alabama) -- John Tyson, the man who commanded Gov. Bob Riley's task force on illegal gambling -- and who sometimes had to fight county sheriffs, district attorneys...

11/5/2015

article Bentley attempts to clear way for bingo casino to reopen; wants state out of enforcement
(Alabama) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is trying to clear the way for VictoryLand bingo casino and others to reopen. Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order that...

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