Gov. Bentley speaks about proposed state lottery

Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Next Monday begins day one of the special legislative session focused on a state lottery.

The Governor's proposal may have some competition.

If the Governor gets his way, lottery money would be used for the state's general fund.

The Governor's proposal calls for a state constitutional amendment that voters would have to ratify.

The legislature must pass that amendment by Aug. 24 for it to be on November's ballot.

Senator Jim McClendon of St. Clair County will hold a news conference on Tuesday to announce his lottery plan.

"If we can get a lottery, this will improve the lives of so many people in Alabama and I want people to know we're giving them a right to vote. That is what we're trying to do, but we're also trying to improve the lives of people," said Governor Bentley.

Bentley says the more than 200 million expected to be raised by the lottery would go into the general fund.

He says it will help to fully fund the state medicaid project.

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