Governor Announces Members of Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming

Lottery could be a possibility in 2016.
Lottery could be a possibility in 2016.

Three weeks after signing Executive Order 24, which created the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming, Governor Robert Bentley’s office has announced the 11 appointments that will serve on the council.

When Gov. Bentley made the announcement on Oct. 3, he said the Council will assess the current state and local laws on gambling and practices in other states. In turn, members of the council will make recommendations to the governor and legislative leaders ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

“In recent years, a considerable amount of time and resources have been spent debating gaming in Alabama,” said Gov. Bentley in a press release. He added, “however I am hopeful this group will present some new ideas or solutions that can help resolve this ongoing dispute and provide a clear direction going forward.”

The 11 member council is made up of appointments from the Governor’s Office, the Speaker Pro Tem of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the District Attorneys Association and the Sheriffs Association.

Listed below is the breakdown of the 11 appointments:

  • Governor Bentley’s appointments:
    • Jim Byard Jr. (Director of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs)
    • Clinton Carter (Director of Finance Department)
    • Curtis Stewart (Deputy Commissioner of Alabama Department of Revenue)
    • Carrie McCollum (General Counsel for Alabama Credit Union Administration)
    • Connie Rowe (State Representative, District 13)
  • Speaker Pro Tem’s appointments:
    • Bobby Singleton (State Senator, District 24)
    • Greg Albritton (State Senator, District 22)
  • Speaker of the House’s appointments:
    • Jim Carns (State Representative, District 48)
    • Craig Ford (State Representative, District 28)
  • Appointment from District Attorneys Association:
    • Barry Matson (Deputy Director)
  • Appointment from Sheriffs Association:
    • Bobby Timmons (Executive Director)

Finance Director Clinton Carter has been named chairman of the Advisory Council by the Governor’s Office.

The Council will be meeting over the next few months and will present their findings and make recommendations on Jan. 31, 2017.

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