Attorney General Luther Strange says lottery is only a bandage for state budget woes

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Luther Strange, Alabama’s Attorney General (WHNT News file)

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said Tuesday that a lottery is not the answer Alabama needs to fix its budget problems.

In a prepared statement, Strange said, “I am personally opposed to any lottery to fund state government. I believe the lottery is, at best, a band aid on the state’s budgetary problems and will not provide the kind of long-term solution we need.”

He said his office has been offering legal interpretations of the various lottery proposals currently making their ways through the legislature.

“My office has reviewed the Governor’s proposed constitutional amendment (SB3). If the amendment passes as proposed and is followed by responsible enabling legislation, my legal team believes it will create a limited lottery without the kinds of loopholes that will lead to casino gambling or protracted litigation. However, if Senator McClendon’s proposed constitutional amendment (SB11) passes, my legal team believes it will not only allow for a lottery but will lead to casino gambling and protracted litigation.”

The proposals up for debate are Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to set up a lottery to fund Medicaid, and Sen. Jim McClendon’s (R-Springville) plan for a lottery and video terminals. Read more about the two lottery proposals here.

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