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The two stripped-down Alabama gaming bills have died in the Senate despite a last-minute attempted compromise.

Neither House Bill 151 nor House Bill 152 was brought to the floor of the Senate on Thursday, the final day before the end of this year’s legislative session.

As such, the Yellowhammer State has become the latest to fail to pass gaming legislation, in one of the least fruitful legislative periods since the 2018 PASPA repeal.

The proposed legislation would have regulated limited forms of gaming including electronic gaming machines (EGMs) at certain locations and a state lottery.

A state gaming regulator would also have been established to oversee the newly legal industry.

Due to the state constitutional ban on lotteries and games of chance, voters would have had to approve the changes in a November referendum.

The bills were much more limited in scope than earlier drafts, with the online sports betting and casino legalisation sections removed earlier in the session.

EGMs doom Alabama gaming bills

The EGMs in the draft law ultimately proved a bridge too far, with senate members reportedly unenthusiastic at the prospect of approving a slot machines bill.

The bill’s sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Greg Albritton, indicated he would vote against the bill, meaning the legislation lacked his crucial swing vote.  

This is despite the last-minute conference committee last week that attempted to put together a bill that could pass the chamber.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey told reporters yesterday she was disappointed that the bills had failed before the finishing line.

However, she also seemingly ruled out calling a special legislative session for the gaming bills, arguing it would be pointless due to legislators failing to come to an agreement.

She said: “Why would I do that? They cannot come to a consensus among themselves. Why would I spend the time and effort and money on a special session.”

The failed legislation now joins other doomed attempted gaming legalisation efforts in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Maryland.

New York’s attempted iGaming legalisation push is also expected to fail after land-based casino unions came out against the proposal for potential cannibalisation concerns.

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