Alabama Governor Ivey Backs Gambling Plan

The focus of the 2024 legislative session in Alabama will center around a variety of issues, such as election voting, education, and gaming. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey delivered the 2024 State of the State Address, outlining several key initiatives that will be at the top of the agenda for lawmakers this year. In her address, Governor Ivey voiced her support for an initiative aimed at prohibiting ballot harvesting in Alabama.

In addition to addressing election voting, Governor Ivey also expressed her backing for an education proposal and emphasized the significance of resolving the state’s gambling problem. She spoke in favor of a current proposal that seeks to expand gambling in the state, expressing hope that lawmakers will thoroughly review it. Governor Ivey also pledged to closely monitor the progress of the proposal.

Currently, a proposal sponsored by Representative Chris Blackshear is advocating for the expansion of gambling in Alabama. The proposal entails the need for two different bills: one to amend the state’s constitution and another to establish gambling activities.

Governor Ivey further emphasized the importance of the gambling proposal, stating that it will aid in the fight against illegal gambling while also providing regulated forms of gambling, including a lottery. She thanked Speaker Ledbetter and his leadership team for their efforts in advancing the proposal and urged Alabama voters to have their say on the issue.

The last time residents of Alabama voted on a gambling proposal was over two decades ago, and subsequent proposals have struggled to gain momentum. The success of the new bill hinges on majority approval from the state’s Senate and House, as well as the endorsement of Alabama’s voters.

The proposed bill aims to authorize the development of casino gambling at various locations, the establishment of a lottery, and the legalization of online sports betting. Despite facing a lengthy legislative process, the backing from Governor Ivey serves as a clear indication of the significance of the matter to lawmakers.