Lottery bill heads to public hearing in House committee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lottery bill is getting its first review in the Alabama House of Representatives.

The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking the first statewide vote on a lottery since Alabamians voted down a lottery in 1999.

Three-fifths of legislators and a majority of voters have to approve the change to the Alabama Constitution to allow gambling.

The Alabama Senate approved the bill on a narrow vote last week, and supporters are trying to keep it on the legislative fast track.

Sen. Jim McClendon, the bill’s sponsor, said he hopes the committee will approve the bill so the full House can vote on it Wednesday.

The committee meets after the House convenes at 3 p.m.

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