THIS JUST IN: Alabama Voters Will Not See Lottery On November Ballot

A proposed state lottery will not go before voters in November.

Lottery opponents in the House of Representatives on Tuesday used a procedural rule to block a committee from considering the bill.

The bill needed to clear committee by Tuesday, and win final approval on Wednesday, in order to get before voters in November.

The House of Representatives could not muster the four-fifths vote needed to allow the committee to meet while lawmakers were in session.

Rep. Alan Harper, the bill’s sponsor, said opponents were using procedure to prevent people from voting on a lottery.

Republican Rep. Ken Johnson, who made the motion for the roll call vote, said House members needed to be deliberative with such major legislation.

The bill is still alive in the special session, but the referendum would have to be held later.

Governor Robert Bentley called a special session to deal with a funding shortfall in Medicaid. He proposed a lottery as a long-term solution.

The Alabama Senate passed the bill Friday.

WKRG’s Emily DeVoe is in Montgomery digging deeper into this lottery issue.

She will have more information and a full report tonight on WKRG News 5 at 10:00 and here at


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