MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says a special session on a possible state lottery will begin Aug. 15.
Bentley's office released a video Friday announcing the start date.
Bentley earlier announced that legislators want to approve a constitutional amendment that would let voters statewide decide whether to approve a lottery. Bentley says a lottery would generate $225 million annually to help fund state services.
Alabama is one of six states without a state lottery. Voters rejected a lottery proposal in 1999 amid heavy opposition from church groups.
The governor called a lottery the best option for solving the state's budget problem.
If lawmakers approve a lottery bill by Aug. 24, the measure could be before voters as soon as the November presidential election.