MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has launched a new television ad urging the state to enter into a gambling compact with the tribe.

The commercial debuted this week after legislators began a special session on a projected budget shortfall.

The ad features people, some in suits and others in baseball caps, discussing the state budget crisis. They say a compact would generate revenue to benefit “you and me” and that, “Poarch can help fix this deficit mess.”

The tribe has said it would like exclusive rights to run gambling in Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley is trying to limit discussions on gambling in the special session. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has filed a constitutional amendment to allow a lottery and multiple non-Indian casinos.

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