Alabama Senate delays lottery vote amid divisions

Alabama Senate approves lottery enabling legislation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A divided Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on lottery legislation.

Republican Sen. Jim McClendon of Springville on Wednesday asked to carry his bill over until another day.  McClendon said he feared he did not have enough votes to pass the measure.  

The delay came as the bill faced a filibuster and an effort to change the bill to authorize casinos in the state. McClendon said he wanted to delay a vote in order to keep the bill alive.  

Alabama is one of five states without a state lottery.

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