Arkansas Senate, House pass lottery bills, send to governor
The Arkansas House and Senate on Monday passed each other's identical versions of legislation to set up Arkansas' lottery to fund college scholarships.
The House voted 94-0 to approve Senate Bill 26 by Sen. Terry Smith, D-Hot Springs, and the Senate voted 34-0 to approve House Bill 1002 by House Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway. The bills now go to the governor, who is expected to sign them this week.
The legislation calls for creation of a nine-member lottery commission, with three members ...
Mar 24, 2009, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery approaches final votes this week
After months of negotiations, Arkansas lawmakers plan to give their final seal of approval this week to the state's new lottery and scholarship program.
Voters approved the games last November, and legislative leaders filed shell bills that same month to put in place the lottery, which will fund college scholarships for Arkansas students.
The House and Senate are expected to cast final votes Monday on the lottery measure, which calls for scholarships for any student with a 2.5 grade point ...
Mar 23, 2009, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum
More Arkansas lottery details emerge
Depending on how much money it collects, Arkansas' state-run lottery could fund college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,500 annually under a draft bill released to lawmakers Wednesday.
Discussing the draft in a legislative committee meeting, House Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway, said he and the other lawmakers who have been working on the bill believe scholarship amounts should be tied to the performance of the lottery, which is still unknown.
We believe the bottom line is this: Th ...
Feb 26, 2009, 7:52 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery bill nearing completion
In Arkansas, the lottery is one of the biggest issues of this legislative session.
Speaker of the House Robbie Wills filed the first bill related to the issue, but it didn't have much in it. That's all about to change.
The speaker has been working on this very large document for months; in fact, he says he's learned more about how lotteries run than he ever thought he would.
It's in two parts: how the lottery operates and how the scholarships are funded and distributed.
The operation ...
Feb 24, 2009, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Details about Arkansas Lottery emerge
In a memo to House members late Monday afternoon, House Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway, provided an overview of draft legislation to create Arkansas' voter-approved lottery for college scholarships.
As it stands now, the legislation which may be more than 100 pages when the final version is filed calls for net proceeds from the state-run lottery to fund a new scholarship program to be known as the Arkansas Opportunity Scholarship Program.
A new division of the state Department of Higher Ed ...
Feb 10, 2009, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery bill nearly ready for review
When lawmakers finally get their hands on the bill to create the Arkansas lottery, they may want to find a comfortable chair they'll be reading for a while.
When it's filed, you will understand why it's taken so long, House Speaker Robbie Wills said in an interview in his office. It's going to be over 100 pages.
Wills filed a shell lottery bill in the House before the session started, after voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to create a state lottery to fund colleg ...
Feb 2, 2009, 3:24 pm - Lottery News forum
N.H. hopes to begin selling lottery tickets at Wal-Mart
New Hampshire is looking to Wal-Mart as a possible way to help boost its lottery revenue.
Lottery Director Rick Wisler said lottery machines in Wal-Mart stores could boost sales.
Wal-Mart has resisted requests around the country to sell lottery products. But next year, Arkansas, where Wal-Mart is based, is starting its own lottery, and that has lottery officials everywhere thinking the development might encourage the retailer to change its mind.
Gov. John Lynch last week called on the l ...
Nov 26, 2008, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery bill is first legislation filed for 2009
The first bill filed in the 2009 legislative session Monday carried symbolic weight and political heft but was scanty on substance.
Incoming House Speaker Robbie Wills' one-page bill is a shell for what will become a bill to create and regulate state lotteries. It noted that voters approved the constitutional amendment this month and the revenue would be dedicated for college scholarships.
This is appropriate that this be the first bill filed, said Wills, a Conway Democrat. It's an histor ...
Nov 18, 2008, 4:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Voters overwhelmingly approve Arkansas state lottery
Voters have approved a measure creating a statewide lottery for Arkansas, overturning a ban set in the state's constitution since 1874.
About two-thirds of voters supported the lottery measure championed by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, which will fund college scholarships through ticket sales. About 36 percent cast votes against the measure.
Halter has said a lottery would raise $100 million annually and likely would have scratch-off games and lottery drawings like other states. The Legislature w ...
Nov 5, 2008, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Attorney General supports lottery, but cites cost concerns
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday said he voted for creating a state-run lottery to fund college scholarships, despite concerns about how much it will cost the state to start up the games.
McDaniel said he wants lottery revenues to pay for any additional lawyers his office may need to hire to address legal issues related to the games.
McDaniel said he cast his ballot last week as an early voter. The lottery amendment appears on the ballot for Tuesday's general election.
Nov 3, 2008, 5:11 pm - Lottery News forum