Cloture petition on revamped lottery bill fails; Governor’s bill up next

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on debate on lottery bill in the Alabama Legislature (all times local):

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4:00 p.m.

State senators have punted a vote of a lottery bill after a test vote indicated it did not have the votes to pass.

Senators stopped discussions Thursday on the bill over after a motion to end debate failed.

Senate President Del Marsh said it became obvious that senators did not like the legislation. The bill would have also allowed electronic lottery terminals, which can resemble slot machines and video poker games, in Lowndes and Houston counties, in addition to four state dog tracks.

Sen. Jim McClendon accepted changes to his original bill in an effort to get the stalled legislation through the Alabama Senate.

Alabama voters must approve any lottery proposal.

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3:10 p.m.

The Alabama Senate has begun debate on a revamped lottery bill that would allow electronic gambling machines in more locations.

Senators expect to vote sometime Thursday evening.

The bill was altered to allow electronic lottery terminals, which can resemble slot machines and video poker games, in Lowndes and Houston counties, in addition to four state dog tracks.

Alabama voters must approve any lottery proposal. The revised bill pushed the referendum date back from Nov. 8 to Dec. 20. Some Republicans had expressed concern about the gambling referendum coinciding with the general election.

Sen. Jim McClendon accepted changes to his original bill in an effort to get the stalled legislation through the Alabama Senate.

McClendon urged lawmakers to approve the bill and send it to the Alabama House of Representatives for debate.

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11:08 a.m.

A lottery bill is headed to a vote in the Alabama Senate.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he intends to seek an up or down vote on a lottery bill on Thursday afternoon.

The bill is expected to include allowing electronic gambling machines at four dog tracks and possibly in Houston County.

Marsh said he thought it was time to make a decision. However, he remained uncertain whether the bill had the 21 votes needed to clear the Senate.

Senators have been divided over gambling, particularly whether to allow the electronic gambling machines.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley called lawmakers into special session to consider a lottery bill to fund Medicaid. Bentley said he prefers a lottery alone to the bill that would allow electronic games.

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