MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Update (5/22): The paper lottery bill is dead for the season, the House sponsor confirms.
Original: The lottery bill in Alabama is hanging on by a thread. Earlier today, the bill narrowly failed its procedural vote in the House; supporters were one vote short. Lawmakers then tried to revive the bill through a reconsideration but decided to push the bill back until Wednesday.
Each bill only has the opportunity for reconsideration once. Since the House had 15 members absent Tuesday, bill sponsor Rep. Steve Clouse says it didn’t have the votes needed to revive this paper lottery bill. Alabama is one of five states without a state lottery. Creating a lottery isn’t just left to the lawmakers. If one of the lottery bills were to pass the legislature, it wouldn’t go to the governor for her signature, it’d go on the ballot for you to vote on next election.