Dueling lottery bills go before Alabama lawmakers

Source: MGN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Sharp divisions have emerged over electronic gambling during a public hearing on dueling lottery proposals.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee heard input Thursday on two lottery bills.

A bill by Republican Sen. Jim McClendon would start a state lottery and also allow video lottery terminals at licensed locations, including state dog tracks in Birmingham, Macon County, Greene County and Mobile.

A bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton would allow a lottery with paper tickets only.

Proponents of McClendon's bill say the electronic games would bring jobs and revenue to counties struggling economically.

Albritton says his bill would limit games to a traditional lottery.

Opponents say that would give the Poarch Creek Indians a monopoly on electronic gambling.

The committee will vote on the bills at a later time.