A lawsuit filed Monday targets a state senator over his gambling bill.
Two groups filed the suit against Sen. Del Marsh.
The suit claims he personally received thousands of dollars from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to sponsor the bill. That bill would set up a state lottery as well as casinos in Alabama.
The lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on the day before the bill was set for a Senate floor debate.
It says Sen. Del Marsh “personally received thousands of dollars from Poarch Creek, who in return, sponsored and promoted SB-214 in the Alabama Legislature.”
Below is a statement from Sen. Del Marsh:
“The sole purpose of this frivolous lawsuit is to block the people of Alabama from having a chance to vote on a lottery and gaming. We already have gaming in Alabama – the problem is it isn’t regulated and this industry isn’t paying a dime in taxes to the state. Those behind this publicity stunt clearly do not want a well-regulated gaming commission to ensure the people of Alabama are seeing benefits from revenue collected on gaming.”