N.C. lawmakers push for quick vote on lottery
Leaders in the N.C. House hope to hold an up-or-down vote on a state lottery within the next several weeks and not put the issue to a vote of the people, House Speaker Jim Black said yesterday. I'm serious about going on and voting it. I want to get it over with, up or down, and move on, Black said.Though lottery supporters have argued for years that voters should decide on a lottery, opponents say that a referendum itself would be unconstitutional because North Carolina's constitution doesn't ...
Mar 10, 2005, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
NJ may ban smoking in casinos
Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey may use the power the position he stumbled into when Gov. McGreevey resigned last year to push an aggressive anti-smoking agenda, which would even include banning smoking in New Jersey casinos.Codey's flip-flop on the smoking ban has restaurants, casinos, and small business owners upset. The marketplace not the government should decide if it makes sense to allow people to smoke in certain areas, they contend.The proposal to ban smoking in most public ...
Mar 10, 2005, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lawmakers debate Internet lottery sales
If store lines have kept you from the big bucks possible in playing the state lottery, a Chicago senator has the solution - just buy the tickets online.Democrat State Sen. John Cullerton has proposed a bill to make lottery tickets available for sale on the Internet, something he says will attract more customers with bigger pocketbooks and possibly collect more money for schools. Senate Bill 198 is currently on the floor, but some Southern Illinois legislators say they're not ready to expand gami ...
Mar 8, 2005, 12:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee flooded with a multitude of lottery bills
On the brink of $1 billion in ticket sales, the year-old Tennessee lottery is the subject of 53 bills in the General Assembly to alter its operations.State Rep. Ulysses Jones Jr., D-Memphis, who chaired an abbreviated meeting of the joint Lottery Oversight Committee on Monday, said the number of bills to change the lottery was more than I expected. But every bill's sponsor will not leave the legislative session happy, he said. I don't think you'll see 53 bills coming out of committee, Jones sa ...
Mar 8, 2005, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Nevada Assembly passes lottery measure
Passage of Nevada lottery bill is only the first step in a four-year processA resolution to legalize a Nevada state lottery was approved 33-9 Monday in the Assembly after supporters emphasized profits would buy textbooks for schoolchildren. Nevadans already buy lottery tickets, said Assembly Speaker Richard Perkins, D-Henderson. They buy them in California. California kids have schoolbooks. Nevada kids don't. In an earlier hearing, Perkins cited a poll showing that 73 percent of Nevadans suppo ...
Mar 8, 2005, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
Third N.C. lottery bill proposed
Another state lottery bill is in the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill is the third lottery proposal made this year and would not require a vote of the people.The idea of a state lottery has already surfaced during this legislative session. One bill filed in the House would create a local-option lottery, where counties could vote individually to support or reject it.Another bill would set up a lottery referendum to allow voters across the state to share their views.The new bill calls on ...
Mar 7, 2005, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum
Maine Gov. moves forward on controversial lottery plan
As Republican lawmakers pressed for more details Monday, the Baldacci administration was fast-tracking its plan to sell off Maine's lottery revenue stream in order to help balance the state's two-year, $5.7 billion budget. Part of the state's efforts involve officials looking for outside help in pricing and structuring the lottery deal.Rebecca Wyke, the governor's chief finance officer, and Dan A. Gwadosky, executive director of the Maine State Lottery, told members of the Appropriations Committ ...
Mar 1, 2005, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum
NH Senate approves $20 scratch ticket cost
The New Hamprshire Senate joined Governor John Lynch on Thursday in endorsing a doubling of the top-priced scratch ticket cost.The bill (SB 20) would raise the lottery ticket cost from $10 to $20.The Senate passed it, 18-5, after no debate on the subject.Senate Majority Leader Robert Clegg, R-Hudson, said the Lottery Commission has committed to public service announcements that warn about compulsive gambling.Nashua Democratic Sen. Joseph Foster voted against the bill, the only one among the eigh ...
Feb 25, 2005, 12:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee bill would prohibit sales of lottery tickets on Sundays
Lottery Post Exclusive: Democrat duo wants to deny sales of lottery tickets on Sundays
Rep. Frank Buck, D-Dowelltown, and Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson are sponsoring a bill that would forbid the sale of lottery tickets in the State of Tennessee on Sundays.
The measure is among the 2,337 bills filed in Tennessee's 104th General Assembly.
The bill specifies that ticket sales will be forbidden for an 18-hour period each week beginning at 12:00 a.m. on
Sunday and ending at 6:00 a.m. on Mo ...
Feb 21, 2005, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. officials study slots' effect on lottery revenues
Pennsylvania state senators pressed state Revenue Secretary Greg Fajt last week on just one of the many multimillion dollar questions pertaining to the imminent arrival of slot machines.Will the new gaming harm the Pennsylvania Lottery, now flourishing due to the many small-time gamblers who focus their wagering dollars on the numbers and instant games?Fajt's answer on behalf of the pro-slots Rendell administration: We don't think so.But no one knows for certain. The question has not been studie ...
Feb 21, 2005, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum