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Arkansas legislator wants voters to decide on state lottery

Feb 4, 2005, 11:00 am

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A west Arkansas legislator is proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize a state lottery to benefit public schools.

Representative Buddy Blair of Fort Smith introduced a resolution Thursday that would lift Arkansas' constitutional ban on lotteries and authorize the state to run them.

Proceeds would be strictly earmarked to funding court-ordered upgrades to public school buildings and equipment.  Blair said a lottery would generate about $50 million annually.

Blair is hoping the Legislature will choose his proposal as one of three constitutional referrals it can make to the November 2006 general election ballot.

If the measure makes the ballot and is approved by voters, the amendment would go into effect in January 2007.

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