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State Sen. Marsh: No plans to introduce a lottery bill in upcoming session

One of the leading advocates for gambling legislation that would pave the way for a lottery and detente between the various gaming interest in Alabama over the past few years has been State Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston).

However, if legislation is offered between now and the end of this quadrennium, it won’t come from Marsh.

During an appearance on APTV’s “Capitol Journal” this week, Marsh told host Don Dailey he had no plans to offer a gambling proposal despite the lottery issue being one that was “popular” among Alabamians.

“I don’t, Don,” he replied. “I think the lottery issue is one that is popular with the people. I think it is one people want to address and have an ability to vote on it. I’ve seen the polling numbers on that. It’s heavy across the lines for the Democrats, Republicans, men, women. I’m a little surprised, quite honestly, that the bills the Senate has passed in the past has not reached the House for a vote. I don’t plan on bringing one next session.”

Marsh would not rule out the legislature taking another crack at gaming, however.

“It’s always possible,” Marsh said. “I haven’t heard of anything, but something could easily come up in the House or the Senate. It’s not out of the question.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.