Time runs out for Alabama lottery, casino bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A bill to allow a lottery and casino gambling in Alabama is dead for this legislative session.

The bill didn’t get a floor vote Thursday, and legislative rules make it difficult to pass controversial Senate bills in the final four days of the 30-day session.

That means supporters will have to try again later if they want to enact the bill.

Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh had proposed allowing Alabamians to vote on creating a state lottery and allowing casinos at state dog tracks.

Marsh says he believes legislators are interested in continuing the conversation on gambling as a revenue source.

He says the idea might come to life again if lawmakers have a special session on the General Fund budget.