With the Alabama Legislature convening today, Monday, August 15, for a Special Session to discuss legalizing a state-sponsored lottery in Alabama, the Senate Tourism Committee meeting has been scheduled. The gambling bills are expected to be in the Senate Tourism Committee on Tuesday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m. in room 325 (time and location subject to change).
I am appealing to pastors and denominational leaders to be at the Alabama State House on Tuesday morning between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to visit with your Senator and House Member. Even though the Senate Tourism Committee will not meet until 10:30 a.m., I want to encourage you to visit the offices of your House Member and State Senator, encouraging him/her to oppose all pro-gambling bills or not vote at all. Proponents will need 3/5 of the House and 3/5 of the Senate to vote in favor of a constitutional amendment, so abstaining will have the same impact as a no vote.
The gambling proponents will be at the State House in large numbers, so we need pastors, denominational leaders and any key business people from each district to be there and putting pressure on the legislators to oppose gambling. If you cannot come to Montgomery on Tuesday, come on Wednesday or Thursday. We need as many people as possible walking the halls and talking to legislators about how gambling is a failed government policy.
Click here for talking points you can use when speaking with your legislator.
Click here to find your Senator or House Member.
If you would like more information place your cursor over the “Current Issues” tab to the left then click on the “Gambling” tab or place your cursor over the “Links” tab to the left then click on the “Gambling” tab. You may also visit the Stop Predatory Gambling website at www.StopPredatoryGambling.org.