The Alabama Policy Institute this week published a new, exhaustive report detailing its position on why expanding gambling is problematic for the state and its future.

API President Stephanie Smith said her organization hopes lawmakers considering a gambling bill will see the report and understand the drawbacks.

“API’s comprehensive report outlines that states that have legalized gambling experience higher rates of gambling addiction, crime, corruption, addiction, and mental health disorders,” Smith said. “Gambling is a bad bet for Alabama families.”

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