Bentley’s lottery amendment would send money to general fund

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The governor’s proposed constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery would send proceeds from ticket sales to the state’s general fund.

Gov. Robert Bentley released the proposed amendment Friday.

The proposal says any proceeds from the lottery after expenses and prizes would go to the general fund for “ordinary expenses of the executive, legislative and judicial departments of the state.”

Some have said the money should be directed specifically toward education.

Bentley’s proposal also establishes a seven-member lottery commission with members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

The governor has projected a lottery would raise $225 million annually. He’s called a special session beginning on Aug. 15 to address the lottery.

If lawmakers approve the legislation in the special session, it could be on the November ballot.

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