Johnny Mack Morrow Calls For A State Lottery, Pledges To Introduce Lottery Bill In The State SenateMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 05 2018 12:29 PM
Red Bay, AL – State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) is calling for the State Legislature to pass legislation that would allow the people of Alabama to vote on a state lottery. Morrow added that he will personally sponsor a lottery bill in the Alabama Senate when he is elected in November, and that he will release a proposed draft of his lottery bill in the coming weeks.
“We are now one of only six states in the entire country – and the only state in the southeast – that does not have a State Lottery,” said Morrow. “There’s no reason not to let the people vote. Alabamians are playing the lottery every day. So let them play it here and put that $300 million a year back into our own state and our own schools.”
A study conducted by Auburn University at Montgomery’s Institute for Accountability and Government Efficiency estimated that a State Lottery could generate $332 million a year in revenue for the state. Morrow said he would split the lottery revenue between the education budget, public safety, rural hospitals and roads and bridges.
“A State Lottery is a fiscally conservative, common sense solution to a lot of the problems we face in Alabama. For example, a State Lottery could put a school resource officer in every single school, complete hundreds of road and bridge projects, reduce crime and help keep our rural hospitals open. That extra $300 million a year could change – or even save – people’s lives in our state!”
The Legislature nearly passed a lottery proposal during a special legislative session in 2016. That proposal died in the State Senate.
“We had our chance two years ago, but the bill died in the State Senate. And that, along with several other factors, is why I chose to run for the State Senate,” said Morrow. “We need a state senator who will take a stand, and I stand for letting the people vote on the Lottery.”