Alabama gambling legislation to get public hearing next week

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Legislation to allow a lottery and casinos in Alabama is headed to a committee vote next week.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee has scheduled a May 12 public hearing at the Alabama Statehouse on the bill.

The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh would put the idea of a lottery before state voters for the first time since 1999. Alabama is one of six states without a lottery. The bill would also allow casinos at four state dog tracks if lawmakers and voters approve the proposal.

Marsh is the chairman of the committee. Marsh says he will ask the committee to vote the same day as the hearing.

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