When Alabama legislative sessions were opened by the Senate, problems arose and gambling was deemed a priority. The lawmakers and governor are looking for possible measures that will maintain the stability of the gambling industry and protect the state against betting interests.
The sessions officially opened with Sen. Jim McClendon, the Birmingham Republican, introducing a bill that would ban gambling companies from sending money to state officials–the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other state office candidates.
According to observation by McClendon, all of these gambling interests have reportedly already transferred substantial sums of money to lawmakers and this practise should be terminated.
He declared: “I am not making claims of corruption but we must be very wary of the appearance of corruption. I’m not making claims of undue influence based on monetary contributions, but we must be very wary of the appearance of undue influence.”
Not only is the State Senator worried about the gambling environment, but also is Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. The governor has already confirmed that if she does not get reliable information about tax revenues for the state, she will not enter into any conversation with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on the possible expansion of gambling facilities.
Ivey has insisted on hearing about a sum of money coming from the lottery and hopes nothing will be done until she checks all the numbers.
While it is already known that a legal lottery’s potential revenue impact has been investigated by the House Budget Committee. One of the lawmakers is hoping to see Bill pass an initiative and go to the November ballot next.
Governor Ivey has just revealed a fact-finding plan when a committee members will investigate all of the state’s gambling problems.
Ivey commented: “But I want them to be thorough and get the facts. That’s all I want is the facts, not recommendations. I just want the facts about how much monies the state can expect to gain if we just do a lottery or if we do expanded gaming or if we do a compact (an agreement with the Poarch Creeks)”.
In three States around Alabama, gambling activity is already legal. Many local officials believe the state should follow the same practise and make gaming operations illegal. The entire gambling industry will produce revenues of around $1 billion, according to the beliefs.