Editor:

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians praise the Alabama Senate for their passage of legislation last week to allow Alabamians a vote on a Constitutional Amendment to address gaming in Alabama.

Following the vote, Stephanie A. Bryan, the Tribe’s Chairwoman and 

CEO, said, “I want to thank Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed, along with Senators Albritton, Marsh, McClendon, and everyone who contributed to this effort in the Senate. This historic vote is the first step to empower Alabamians who deserve to have their voice heard on this issue.”

SB 319 will allow Alabamians to vote on a Constitutional Amendment to create a lottery, and authorize up to nine sites statewide to operate casino-style table games. The bill also authorizes the Governor to enter into a Compact, allowing the Tribe to share a portion of their revenue with the State.

Money generated from the lottery will be used to award postsecondary scholarships to students. Revenue generated from casinos will go toward the development of broadband and administration of rural health care and mental health services. Following Senate passage, the Bill heads to the House.

Miriam Fry 

Director of Government 

Relations, Poarch Band 

of Creek Indians

Atmore, AL