Gambling legislation to be introduced in Alabama Senate next week

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he hopes to introduce a casino and lottery bill next week after GOP senators said they are at least open to debating legalizing gambling in Alabama.

The Republican Senate leader met with GOP senators on Tuesday to discuss gambling as a potential revenue source for the state’s perpetually cash-strapped budgets.

Marsh said a few members were adamantly opposed to legalized gambling, but most senators agreed that the idea needs to be considered.

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed of Jasper said senators had a “wide variety of responses to the idea.” Some senators said they thought their constituents would favor a lottery. Others said they would fight gambling legislation.