Alabama gambling legislation clears first legislative hurdle

The Heisman Trophy, won in 1984 by Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, is displayed at the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Mass., Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The casino, a slot machine parlor, is scheduled to open on Wednesday June, 24, 2015. The Plainridge Park Casino represents the first gambling destination to open since state lawmakers approved a casino law in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
photo The Heisman Trophy, won in 1984 by Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, is displayed at the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Mass., Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The casino, a slot machine parlor, is scheduled to open on Wednesday June, 24, 2015. The Plainridge Park Casino represents the first gambling destination to open since state lawmakers approved a casino law in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Gambling legislation has cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to establish a state lottery and casinos at four existing dog tracks.

Former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye spoke in favor of the legislation. Dye says gambling already exists at bingo casinos, but the state isn't getting tax money from it.

Opponents