Kay Ivey remaining neutral in lottery debate

Mobile County

Bayou La Batre, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey wants voters to get the final say on a possible lottery for Alabama.  This week the state Senate passed a bill to create a paper lottery.  The legislation still needs to pass the lower chamber in order to be put on the ballot for voters.  Speaking in Bayou La Batre today, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey indicated she’s not going to weigh in on the plan.  

“Well I certainly support the people’s right to vote on the issue and I appreciate the legislature making that option available for our people, it’s passed the Senate now it goes to the House,” said Ivey Friday morning in the Bayou.  When asked if she thought more money in the bill should go to the education trust fund, Ivey responded that is up to the legislature.  Alabama is one of just five states without a lottery.  The last Alabama border state to get a lottery, Mississippi, will start selling tickets later this year.  

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