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Arkansas Senate, House pass lottery bills, send to governor

Mar 24, 2009, 8:07 am

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Arkansas LotteryArkansas Lottery: Arkansas Senate, House pass lottery bills, send to governor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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 to be appointed by the governor, three by the House speaker and three by the Senate president pro tem.

"This is really a great day for Arkansas students, both students now and future generations of students," Lt. Gov. Bill Halter said after the Senate vote. Halter led the drive to place a constitutional amendment authorizing a lottery on the 2008 general election ballot. Voters overwhelmingly approved it.

Wills said after the House vote he hopes to see the commission members appointed a week to 10 days after the governor signs the bills. He said he has about a dozen candidates in mind for his three appointments.

"I'm looking for people with a business background and also an understanding of higher education scholarships, and people who are committed to the lottery being successful," he said.

The commission would be responsible for choosing a lottery vendor.

"If they can get the vendor in place by the end if the summer, then we can be selling lottery tickets in October or November," Wills said. "Typically, the last several states that have set up lotteries, from the date they have signed the contract with the vendor until the first ticket has been sold has been about 60 days."

The first lottery-funded scholarships would be awarded for the fall of 2010.

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wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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Posted: March 24, 2009, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

Wow, unanimous votes! Keep those lottery dollars in state as best you can. Thumbs Up


Congrats Arkansas!


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    Posted: March 24, 2009, 4:49 pm - IP Logged

    The fact that Arkansas isn't planning on setting a minimum contribution percentage makes believe this will be very successful. And if they use ball drawings for their in-state online games, and join Mega Millions instead of Powerball, it will be even more successful.

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      Posted: March 25, 2009, 1:58 am - IP Logged

      Arkansanians lol, start getting those playslips filled out.  LOL  Embarassed

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        Posted: March 25, 2009, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

        Wow, unanimous votes! Keep those lottery dollars in state as best you can. Thumbs Up


        Congrats Arkansas!

        I'm sure this has made a lot of people happy. Congrat to Arkansas! I just hope they go with ball drawings.

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          Posted: March 27, 2009, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

          PukeIt seem like it really sick having a lottery in Arkansas given the that they are the poverty sticken state in the union. How do they plan to pay for the lottery with food stamps or 2wks pay. Please tell us why they only helping the college  level of education is that because they know there will be an very low number making it to the high education.Apparelly children to be help from early childhood that the foundation of education.