Alabama lottery bills hit a wall

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama lottery proposals up for debate Wednesday quickly stalled in the Senate as lawmakers continue to disagree over gambling.

Senators debated a lottery bill for several hours Wednesday before giving up and moving on to other bills.

Gov. Robert Bentley brought lawmakers into special session to consider a lottery as a way to fund the state’s Medicaid program. The legislation faltered amid disagreements over whether to also allow slot machine-type games at state dog tracks and staunch opposition from a handful of senators to legalized gambling.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the lottery bill did not have 21 votes needed to get through the Alabama Senate.

Alabama is one of six states without a lottery.

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