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House votes to non-concur on Senate gambling changes — 'More than 14 months went into crafting this package'

The Alabama House of Representatives voted on Thursday to non-concur with changes made to the two comprehensive gambling bills after the Senate substantially changed both pieces of legislation.

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Gambling legislation uncertain in the House as lawmakers return from Spring Break

The Alabama Legislature will gavel in this week after its last week-long break, and negotiations on the much-debated gambling legislation will pick up in the coming weeks.

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State Rep. Ingram on gambling legislation: 'I would vote to concur on what the Senate has done’

State Rep. Reed Ingram (R-Pike Road) recently doubled down on his opposition to the state’s much-debated gambling legislation while saying he would vote in favor of the amendments offered by the Senate.

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Ivey applauds passage of gambling legislation: 'In their current form, these bills will continue to have my support'

Governor Kay Ivey recently praised the House of Representatives for passing a series of comprehensive gambling bills allowing for casino gaming, sports betting, and a lottery in the state.

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Alabama House of Representatives handily approves comprehensive gambling legislation

The Alabama House of Representatives passed two bills on Thursday to allow comprehensive gambling in Alabama.  

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Gambling bills pass House committee with only one 'no' vote

The set of bills legalizing comprehensive gambling in Alabama passed out of committee Wednesday with one vote opposed a day before they're slated to hit the House of Representatives for a floor vote.

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Lawmakers, advocates gather at State House Tuesday to debate proposed gaming legislation

Tuesday was all about gambling at the Alabama State House, as lawmakers and advocates spent time either opposing or supporting the proposed legislation currently being debated by legislators.

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AG Marshall opposes proposed gambling legislation — ‘This bill will clearly benefit a handful of special interests’

Attorney General Steve Marshall has “serious concerns” about the proposed gambling legislation currently being deliberated by the Alabama House of Representatives.

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Ainsworth downplays gambling hype in Senate: 'We're not focused on it'

As comprehensive gambling gains momentum in the Alabama House of Representatives, the chances of a bill passing the Senate remain uncertain.

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First Look: Gaming legislation to be introduced in the Alabama House

The Alabama House of Representatives will release two bills publicly that pertain to gambling in Alabama on Thursday. One is a Constitutional Amendment, and the second is the gambling legislation in itself.

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Lawmakers unveil plans to legalize gambling in Alabama — 'Above all, we believe the people deserve the right to vote on this issue'

Members of the Alabama House Gaming Study Group revealed their plan for a comprehensive gaming plan as the push for statewide gambling begins in Montgomery.

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Poll: Gambling expansion not a top priority for GOP voters

A recent poll commissioned by the Alabama Policy Institute shows that the planned expansion of statewide gambling is not a primary concern for Republican voters ahead of the 2024 legislative session.

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Law enforcement pushes for gambling legislation to include stricter enforcement against pervasive existing illegal gaming

For any gambling bill to have a chance of passing the Legislature during the 2024 regular session, many state leaders and law enforcement officials told 1819 News it must include robust enforcement mechanisms and regulations to end rampant illegal gaming currently plaguing the state.

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Senate District 9 candidates oppose gambling expansion — 'No matter what chamber I’m in, I don’t plan on changing my vote'

Gambling will likely be a big issue again in the State Legislature next session, but it looks like Senate District 9 will be a “no” vote on any related bills no matter who wins the seat.

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Speaker Ledbetter: Gaming in Alabama 'has got to be fixed — It's broken'

With only one day remaining, the 2023 legislative session has come and gone without a serious look at gambling. According to House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), given the influx of new members in the legislature's lower chamber, that was by design.

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Poarch Band of Creek Indians revives 'Winning for Alabama' pro-gambling campaign

Although it is unclear if Alabama lawmakers will introduce another gambling bill this year, the Poarch Band Creek of Indians (PCI) launched a pro-gambling and lottery campaign over the weekend.

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Shelby backs federal recognition for Alabama's MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians — Would 'open the door' for more gaming

As state government attempts to get a handle on gaming within Alabama, might a new player enter the mix?

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Ray Melick: What were once vices are now legislative priorities

The band “The Doobie Brothers” (ask your parents) put out an album way back in 1974 with the title, “What were once vices are now habits.”...