A lottery bill passed the Senate Tourism Committee Thursday following failure of comprehensive gambling legislation last week in the full Senate.
SB 319 by Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, would allow lottery tickets to be sold in stores, at kiosks and through a phone app. The Senate Tourism Committee considered McClendon’s proposal and a second lottery bill, SB 318 by Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, before unanimously approving a SB 319 substitute.
The legislation specifically prohibits video lottery terminals and casino-style games. Proceeds from the lottery would be split equally between the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. The bill would create the Alabama Lottery Commission to regulate and supervise the Alabama Lottery Corporation.