Del Marsh Will Not Sponsor Casino Gambling Legislation

Dec 19, 2015

A push for casino gambling in Alabama has lost its highest profile advocate in the Alabama Legislature.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he won't sponsor casino legislation in the upcoming session as he had originally planned.

Marsh says he did not think the votes were there for the casino legislation so he will move on in the upcoming session.

The Republican Senate leader said hoped that lawmakers would consider casinos because of the potential revenue for the state.

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

Chip Hill, executive director of the Alabama Jobs Foundation, an organization formed to back the proposal, said the group believes the gambling proposal is the only viable option for providing long-term revenue to the state. Hill said a decision will be made at the first of the year about how to proceed.