Sec. of State Merrill releases statement on lottery deadline

Sec. of State Merrill releases statement on lottery deadline

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Following the passage of the lottery bill in the House on Thursday and among questions whether that bill would be the November ballot, Secretary of State John Merrill released the following statement:

"The responsibility of the Secretary of State is to follow the law and implement the law.
 
The deadline for a constitutional amendment to appear on the November 8 ballot has passed. I will only accept the constitutional amendment if the deadline is changed. 
 
Only the legislature can change the deadline and they can only change the deadline if they are meeting. 
 
The certification of the ballot for November 8, 2016 is today at 5:30 PM.
 
They are currently meeting and can meet for four more days after today. The legislative leadership and many members know this and it is up to them if they want to change the deadline."

Thursday evening the bill initially failed to pass the House only receiving 61 votes from lawmakers, two votes short of the required number needed. A motion to reconsider the bill was then brought up, and the House voted on the bill a second time where it received the necessary votes.

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