Lottery, casino bill gets first test in Alabama Legislature

By KIM CHANDLER

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lottery and casino bill is getting its first test in the Alabama Legislature.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee is considering the bill Wednesday morning.

The bill by Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston proposes a state lottery and five casinos offering table games, sports betting and slot machines. The casinos would largely be located at existing dog racing tracks.

The proposal would have to be approved by state voters Alabamians last voted on gambling in 1999 when they defeated a lottery proposed by then-Gov. Don Siegelman.

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