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Oklahoma lawmakers acused of holding lottery funds

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An aide to Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry says he's concerned that the House hasn't approved a request for supplemental funding for the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission.

State Finance Director Scott Meacham says he hopes that Republicans who didn't support the lottery aren't trying to sabotage something the people overwhelmingly support.

Meacham commented after the House and Senate passed $63 million in supplemental funding bills Tuesday, but not the proposed $500,000 in funding for the lottery commission.

The Senate approved $20 million in supplemental funding for the Department of Human Services and $15.2 million for public schools.

The House approved $17.9 million in funding for the Department of Corrections and $4 million for the college scholarship program.

Tulsa state Representative Chris Benge confirmed the state House was resisting using General Fund money for lottery purposes.

AP

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Posted: March 11, 2005, 12:02 am - IP Logged

ok almost a 100 years of statehood waiting for a chance to stroll into local mom & pops anytown,oklahoma and buy a freaking lottery ticket, and we are this close to get the powerball rolling in the sooner state. The last thing I want to hear is the republicans dragging their feet! its time to take this state back! go play bingo you dang republicans!

 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

    konane's avatar - wallace
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    Posted: March 14, 2005, 8:40 am - IP Logged

    "State Finance Director Scott Meacham says he hopes that Republicans who didn't support the lottery aren't trying to sabotage something the people overwhelmingly support."

    Well here in Georgia it's our highly innovative Republican governor and legislature in favor of selling lottery tickets online, and Democrats reluctant to make a move into the 21st century.   

    Good luck to everyone!

      Litebets27's avatar - power
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      Posted: March 14, 2005, 10:56 pm - IP Logged

      Maybe those Democrats are looking out for those mom and pop stores that may lose the revenues from the winning tickets that they may no longer sell. humm

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        Posted: March 15, 2005, 12:22 am - IP Logged

        The whole Republican-Democrat thing (as to who supports lotteries and who doesn't) is a load of garbage.  Some places Democrats support the lottery, and some places they don't.  Same goes for Republicans.  Some people will look for instances were the party they oppose takes an opposing viewpoint on the lottery and generalizes about the entire party.  Nonsense.

         

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          Litebets27's avatar - power
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          Posted: March 15, 2005, 1:47 pm - IP Logged
          Quote: Originally posted by Todd on March 15, 2005



          The whole Republican-Democrat thing (as to who supports lotteries and who doesn't) is a load of garbage.  Some places Democrats support the lottery, and some places they don't.  Same goes for Republicans.  Some people will look for instances were the party they oppose takes an opposing viewpoint on the lottery and generalizes about the entire party.  Nonsense.




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            Amarillo/Austin
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            Posted: March 15, 2005, 2:32 pm - IP Logged

            I suspect the real issue is the Indian casino lobby.  They don't want the competition from a lottery.  They even advertise like crazy here in Amarillo trying to drag us over the line to Clinton to gamble.  Casinos hate competition.  That is why Nevada doesn't have a lottery.

            Orangeman