Gov. Bentley calls special session for Ala. state lottery

(CBS News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is calling a special legislative session for a state lottery.

Bentley’s office releases a video Wednesday morning saying he wants lawmakers to approve legislation that would let voters decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment to allow a lottery.

The Republican Bentley says the state has to find a solution to a funding crisis in Medicaid. He says lottery proceeds would go to “essential state services” that aid children, the elderly, the mentally ill and law enforcement.

The announcement doesn’t include a date for the special session.

Bentley says most neighboring states already have a lottery, and Alabama residents are some of the best customers. He says it’s time to begin keeping that money inside Alabama to help solve the state’s problems.

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