On February 6, lawmakers in Alabama (USA) will meet to discuss a gambling bill. It provides for the legalization of the most common types of gambling, including betting, lotteries, and slot machines. There are also plans to create an Alabama Gaming Commission.
The state constitution currently prohibits gambling. But there are 18 amendments that allow certain forms of such entertainment in certain regions. It is these exceptions that haunt officials; they are also an argument for creating unified legislation.
By the way, gambling in Alabama can significantly replenish the treasury. In 2020, a study was conducted on the potential of the gambling industry in the state, which was prepared by Governor Kay Ivey. According to the report, annual casino profits could be $300-$400 million, lotteries would generate $200-300 million, and sports betting $10 million annually.
Under the bill, the state would allow third-class establishments that offer slots and table games. The opportunity to operate this business will be available only in certain territories, including the lands of federally recognized Indian tribes.