Alabama House Approves Casino, Lottery, Sports Betting Bills

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Alabama House Approves Casino, Lottery, Sports Betting Bills

Alabama House greenlights bills for lottery, casinos, and sports betting, progressing to the state Senate. The package includes House Bill 151, granting voters a say on gambling in November, and House Bill 152, which establishes the regulatory framework.

HB 152, presented by Chris Blackshear and Andy Whitt, suggests regulating and taxing sports wagering, a state lottery, and casino-style games at retail casinos and gaming establishments statewide. The proposed legislation outlines the formation of an Alabama Gaming Commission to oversee wagering and an Alabama Lottery Corporation to manage the state lottery. Additionally, a Gaming Enforcement Division would be established to monitor all gaming activities and combat illegal wagering.

HB 152 proposes a 24% tax on casino-style gaming, with 95% of the revenue designated for a gaming trust fund. Sports betting would incur a 17% tax, primarily contributing to the fund, and a portion would support law enforcement. The state’s gaming trust fund aims to allocate some funds to mental health care.

The Legislative Services Agency projects the state could generate up to $900 million from the lottery, casinos, and sports betting. This estimate encompasses revenue from a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The legislation urges the governor to initiate negotiations for a compact with the tribe.