The daycare bill, part II: It’s all about the money

January 31, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Here we go again.

The daycare bill is back in the Alabama Legislature, and the hand-wringing has commenced.

Only, most of it has occurred behind closed doors, away from the watchful eyes of the public and the media, back in the crevices of the State House, where the real business gets handled.

That’s where state Rep. Pebblin Warren’s bill, which seeks to accomplish the apparently monumental change of forcing church-affiliated daycares to adhere to the same basic rules and standards as the other daycares, had to travel first — to the backroom.

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Public hearing held on fantasy sports bill

March 9, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Fantasy contests and gambling and how they relate to one another were the two main topics at a Senate Committee meeting on Wednesday.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meet on Wednesday to hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 270 concerning fantasy contests.

SB270 would make fantasy contests exempt from the State prohibition on gambling and require operators to register in the State. It would also provide protection for fantasy sports consumers in Alabama. There is also a House bill with the same provisions as SB270.
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Poarch Creek Indians to push casino plans in Alabama and Georgia

November 18, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians could soon be operating casinos in Georgia; Alabama gaming law and federal Indian gaming laws are complicated and filled with gray areas; and gambling, in general, is just awful.

That pretty much summed up Meeting 2 of the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming – the governor’s committee that was formed to explore the complicated issues surrounding gambling in the state and then make recommendations to lawmakers.
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Lottery Is Dead For November 8 Ballot and Foreseeable Future

August 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate debated the lottery for four days of this Special Session. On Tuesday, August 23, it took the Alabama House of Representatives just a few minutes to effectively kill the lottery, without ever even discussing it in a committee.

Freshly energized lottery opponents used the tight timeline and a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to kill the lottery bill for the November 8 ballot. Wednesday, August 24, was the last day for the lottery bill to pass out of the House in time for the November 8 Presidential election. Inexplicably the House chose not to meet on Saturday or Monday. It was a fatal mistake by the House leadership. The leadership had assigned State Senator Jim McClendon’s (R-Springville) Senate Bill 3 to the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; but there was no scheduled meeting of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
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Opposition to Lottery is Growing

August 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Polls routinely show us that most people in Alabama favor having a lottery of some sort; but there is huge disagreement on the details and where that money should go. Four of the twelve legislative days in this Special Session have been burned up and no lottery bill has yet to pass on the floor of either House as opposition to the lottery as presented is only growing stronger and support for a lottery to bail out the General Fund is rapidly evaporating.
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Strange Receives Praise for Fantasy Gaming Ban Decision

April 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 6, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) ordered FanDuel and DraftKings to close down their business in the state of Alabama by the end of the month. After reviewing recent case law and Alabama’s gambling statute, Strange determined that the business model of the popular fantasy sports contests for money were violations of Alabama’s strict anti-gambling language in the 1901 Alabama Constitution.
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Godfrey Urges Voters: Contact Legislators, Oppose Medicaid Lottery

March 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 22, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley told doctors and other employees at Monroe County Hospital, that a lottery is probably the only realistic option for raising more money for Medicaid.

Alabama Citizens Action Program Executive Director, Joe Godfrey, said in a statement, “If God’s people do not want to see a State-sponsored lottery and, possibly, casino gambling in Alabama, we had better be continuing to call, email and write our House Members and State Senators and make it very clear to them that we are counting on them to oppose all pro-gambling bills! It appears the Governor and some in the Legislature are trying to set up a budgetary crisis so that the ‘only solution’ is legalized gambling, but gambling is not a solution! It will only make the state economy suffer more!”
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Fantasy Contest Act Gets Controversial in House

March 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, March 3, the Alabama House of Representatives moved to carry over legislation legalizing, regulating, and taxing fantasy football. HB56 was sponsored by State Representative Connie C. Rowe (R-Jasper). A similar bill, SB 114 was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville).

On Thursday, HB56 was vigorously debated and several amendments were offered to the controversial fantasy gaming legislation.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth said on Facebook, “HB56 Fantasy Contests bill is back up for debate. Original bill gives blanket approval of fantasy games even if gambling. Amendment of bill makes any fantasy games subject to gambling laws. The motion to lay amendment on table passes. There was a motion to revote which passed. Then a motion to amend to add registration fee failed. A motion to revote and amend fee failed. Now on the original bill.” Wadsworth said, “The bill is a protection bill for fantasy operators. Bill does not regulate: Bill Carried Over After Extended Debate.”
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Fantasy Contest Act Gets Favorable Report from Senate Judiciary Committee

February 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 17, the state of Alabama moved one step closer to taxing fantasy football with a favorable report for Senate Bill 114 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB114 was sponsored by Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville), though as he had another commitment the bill was carried in committee by Senate Judiciary Chairman Cam Ward (R-Alabaster).

Chairman Ward offered a substitute that was accepted by the committee.
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