Senate delays vote on oil spill settlement split

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate is delaying a vote on a division of oil spill settlement funds until House members settle the lottery legislation.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday that the Senate will delay a vote until after the House disposes of the lottery legislation.

Marsh said senators need to know, “what we are working with.”

The two bills are the major proposals in a special session on Medicaid funding. The lottery is eyed as a way to get money to Medicaid long term. The House-passed settlement bill would provide money next year.

Marsh said the oil spill bill might need to revamp if the long-term funds are not available for Medicaid.

Legislators anticipate a long night of debate on the lottery bill.

News 5’s Emily DeVoe is in Montgomery and will have the latest tonight at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00.

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