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Alabama lottery bill advances to full House for vote

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed lottery faces an uncertain future amid disagreements about gambling and whether there is still time to get the measure before voters in November.

The lottery bill on Thursday heads to a critical vote on the floor of the House of Representatives after being advanced by the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee on an 8-3 vote. Bentley is seeking the first statewide referendum on a lottery since 1999, saying the money will help maintain the state's cash-strapped Medicaid program.

"I'm asking the legislators to let the people vote on this issue," Bentley said at a Wednesday press conference. "We have at least...

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