May 14, 2015
A bill to allow a statewide vote on a lottery and on casinos at the state’s four greyhound tracks won approval today in a Senate committee.
The Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the bill on a 5-3 vote.
It rejected on a voice vote a move by Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton, to add the former Country Crossing site in Houston County to the four casino sites.
Voting in favor of the bill were the sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston; and Sens. Beasley; Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville; Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham; and Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.
Voting no were Sens. Greg Albritton, R-Bay Minette; Tim Melson, R-Florence; and Trip Pittman, R-Montrose
Marsh said he did not know if he had the 21 votes needed to win approval in the 35-member Senate. He said the urgency of the budget problem could change some votes. “As these budgets proceed, and as the pressure builds from agencies who feel they are not going to be adequately funded, people may change their mind on that option of gaming,” Marsh said.
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