Alabama Gubernatorial Candidates Pushing for State Lottery

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Montgomery, Ala. Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.

Both Democratic candidates for governor, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass, are proposing a lottery to pay for college scholarships. One of the Republican candidates, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, is advocating a lottery to pay for scholarships and several other programs.

To create a lottery, the Legislature must pass a constitutional amendment. Then voters must approve the amendment in a referendum

Republican incumbent Robert Bentley says he has no problem with the Legislature doing that, but that he would vote against the referendum. Bentley says he believes gambling is not a good way to fund education.


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