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Ivey says Alabamians should have opportunity to vote on gaming this year

Gov. Kay Ivey appears to have chosen her side in the gaming debate currently embroiling the state legislature.

Ivey took to X (formerly Twitter) Wednesday to tell the state she wants voters “to have a say on gaming” in Alabama.

In her State of the State Address, the governor spoke about a bill that would minimize illegal gambling, help legal gaming, and begin a state lottery.

Last week in an interview on a Huntsville television station, Ivey discussed signing legislation that would allow legalized gaming in the Yellowhammer State.

“The bill has got to be a good bill for Alabama and its got to be comprehensive or I won’t sign it,” Ivey said to WHNT-TV Channel 19. “But I do support gaming if its done legally.”

“We’ve got illegal gambling going on and the state’s not gaining a dime from it. So, we’ve got to crack down on illegal gambling and put in place limited, regulated legal gaming, which includes a state lottery.”

She also said sports betting is a possibility.

A gaming bill introduced by Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) is currently making its way through the House. As of yesterday, the legislation was approved by the Committee on Economic Development and Tourism.

A statewide vote on gambling hasn’t taken place in Alabama since 1999, when then-Gov. Don Siegleman proposed a state lottery. Alabama voters ultimately rejected the proposal.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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