Sen. Jim McClendon

Sen. Jim McClendon

A Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday introduced his plan for a “clean” lottery in Alabama.

“For too long, the people of Alabama have been forced to drive to Tennessee, Florida and Georgia to buy lottery tickets,” Sen. Jim McClendon of Springville stated in a press release. “Alabama dollars are being spent in neighboring states, funding their schools and their infrastructure projects.”

McClendon filed two bills Tuesday related to allowing a lottery in Alabama. The first is an amendment to the state constitution that would allow a lottery, and the second is a legislative act that outlines the details of how the lottery would be administered.

His legislative package would establish an Alabama Lottery Commission, and members would be appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, Senate president pro tem, and speaker of the House.

“The commission would issue a request for proposal and a private company would be chosen to manage the lottery, with oversight from the commission,” according to the release.

The lottery management company would not be allowed to contribute money to political action committees or candidates.

“My proposal would establish a clean lottery – no casinos, and no card table games of any kind,” McClendon said. “Half of the lottery’s proceeds would go to education, and half to the General Fund budget for state troopers, Medicaid, and other agencies. It’s time we let the people vote.”

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