Lottery bill fails amid old concerns, tough political math

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Tough political math doomed Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed state lottery.

The governor’s lottery bill was overwhelmingly defeated at the legislative finish line Friday in the Alabama Senate. After narrowly clearing both legislative chambers, only seven senators voted to pass the bill with House changes, far short of the 21 needed.

A fragile bipartisan coalition that supported the bill last week crumbled in the GOP-controlled Senate where many Republicans oppose gambling. Democrats cited concerns about state dog tracks and House-added language forbidding video lottery terminals. Many Democrats withdrew support after being rebuffed on an attempt to take the bill to conference committee. Some Republicans, who previously voted for the bill last week, were absent or peeled away support at the last-minute from the dying bill.

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