House approves gambling bill

The bill now heads to the Alabama Senate; Escambia's delegation splits votes on bill

The Alabama House of Representatives voted 70-32 last Thursday to approve a proposed change to the constitution to allow lottery, casino and sports betting gambling in the state with the two members of the Escambia County House delegation splitting their vote with State Rep. Alan Baker voting yes and State Rep. Matthew Hammett voting no.

The House bill is now in a Senate committee. Should the bill pass, it will be placed on the November General Election ballot to allow the voters in Alabama to decide.

Rep. Baker of Brewton represents District 66, which includes the western portion of Escambia...