Alabama Legislature to Tackle Medicaid and State Lottery

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Montgomery, Ala. The Alabama Legislature kicks off an election-year session Tuesday and will deal with possible changes to the state tax code and Medicaid and a proposal to create a state lottery.

The House Republican Caucus is pushing a package of bills aimed at simplifying tax laws while maintaining the GOP's record of not raising taxes.

Many Democrats are pushing for an expansion of the Medicaid program, but Republican leaders say that's not going to happen. House Minority Leader Craig Ford is proposing a referendum on creating a state lottery, but House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon says that's not going to pass.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the Republican leadership hopes to stay on issues that are fairly noncontroversial in the election year.