“Which is the most immoral,” Governor Robert Bentley mused philosophically to the press last week, “buying five lottery tickets with money you earned or allowing […]
In April of last year, the Institute for Accountability and Government Efficiency at Auburn University at Montgomery released a report on gambling that has been, and […]
We have known for months that a deal was in the works to expand gambling operations in Alabama either through a lottery, a tribal compact, […]
Lotteries add very little to the incomes of most state governments; the average lottery state realizes only about 3.6% of its income from its lottery. The same […]
A lot has changed since 1890 when President Benjamin Harrison reminded citizens that lotteries “debauched and defrauded” the public. Today, however, state governments have become […]
Supporters of expanding gambling in Alabama often hype the opportunities missed by our state to “keep Alabama gambling dollars in Alabama.” Given the economic and […]
With spiraling mandatory spending and reduced tax revenues threatening to send one or both of the state’s budgets into proration, the options of raising […]
Policy Priorities for Alabama is a handbook compiled specifically for each legislative session as a research and education guide on the issues facing our state.
Alabama Supreme Court cases have strictly defined what forms of gaming are legal in Alabama. In order to effectively deter would-be offenders, the punishment for owning and operating illegal gaming paraphernalia should be raised from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony.
Native American tribes in Alabama operate illegal gambling machines. At present, the office of the Attorney General is working with the NIGC to determine what influence the state may have to encourage the removal of the electronic bingo machines on tribal lands.