MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley’s lottery bill is heading to a possible vote in the Alabama Senate.
Senators will debate the legislation Friday afternoon. The debate comes after senators on Thursday rejected a broader bill that would have also allowed gambling machines at locations around the state.
Bentley called lawmakers into special session to debate a lottery and other proposals to provide money for the state’s Medicaid program. The governor urged lawmakers to pass the bill and put the issue to a public vote.
Alabama is one of six states without a lottery. However, lawmakers have been pessimistic about a lottery bill’s chances because of divisions over gambling.
The Senate convenes at 2 p.m.