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Lottery bill blocked on Alabama House floor, won’t be on November ballot

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The proposed Alabama lottery apparently won’t be on the November ballot after an unexpected procedural move by a group of legislators Tuesday afternoon blocked the bill from going to committee for approval.

The timing matters because the lottery amendment bill had to be approved by both the House and the Senate by Aug. 24 to make the November ballot.

The Senate had approved a lottery bill Friday asking voters to amend the constitution and create a state lottery.

The House was expected to take the bill up Wednesday, with a full day of debate. But it needed to be read a second time in the House Tuesday in order to make the vote possible.

The lottery bill isn’t necessarily dead, but it would have to be voted on in a special election.