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
Arkansas voters get first lottery-only proposal
Arkansas banned lotteries even before state lawmakers determined how to properly pronounce the state's name.
The 1874 ban held through the era of Hot Springs' illegal casinos and their destruction at the hands of sledgehammer-wielding state troopers nearly a century later. In the time since, attempts to legalize a government-run lottery always included bringing back casino games or something else just as unpalatable for a state squarely in the nation's Bible Belt.
Now, though, a proposal b ...
Oct 31, 2008, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum
State lottery friends, foes prepare for vote
A proposal to fund scholarships through an Arkansas state lottery is keeping supporters and opponents busy as Election Day nears.
Now that the state Supreme Court ruled the proposal can remain on the statewide ballot, Arkansas voters will get a chance to vote on a state lottery proposal supported by Bill Halter, Arkansas' lieutenant governor.
Halter proposed a state constitutional amendment to create a state lottery to pay for college scholarships and teacher bonuses.
Under the proposal ...
Oct 21, 2008, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Lawsuit filed to pull lottery off Arkansas ballot
A group opposing a state-run lottery asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to throw the proposal off this fall's ballot.
The Arkansas Family Council argued in a petition filed with the state's highest court that the proposed constitutional amendment's title and name should be found inaccurate, incomplete and misleading because they don't define lotteries and doesn't warn voters of potential consequences of authorizing a state-run lottery. The proposal leaves it up to the Legislature to w ...
Sep 20, 2008, 2:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery worried about prospect of Arkansas lottery
Already falling short, Oklahoma Lottery sales could suffer even more from Arkansas competition
A proposed lottery in Arkansas would devote more sales revenue to prizes, giving it a critical advantage over Oklahoma's game, Oklahoma's lottery director says.
Oklahoma law requires 35 percent of sales revenue to go to the state, reducing the size of jackpots, making the game less attractive, hurting sales and ultimately resulting in less money for the state, lottery director Jim Scroggins told ...
Sep 19, 2008, 12:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery certified for November ballot
The Arkansas secretary of state's office certified a proposed constitutional amendment for the November ballot Monday that would allow voters to decide Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's measure for a state-run lottery to fund college scholarships.
Only an anti-democratic move from some other party to try to get this initiative thrown off the ballot will deny Arkansas voters the right and the opportunity to decide this issue for themselves, Halter said at a Capitol news conference announcing certificat ...
Jul 23, 2008, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lt. Gov. pushes lottery proposal
Four times members of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's staff have traveled to various corners of Arkansas to speak about the lottery proposal.
When college has never been more important to Arkansas, it's also never been more expensive. Halter says Arkansas needs more college graduates. And the way to fund that is to keep some of the dollars flying out of Arkansas to neighboring states lottery games.
Halter says, In Texas alone they raised more than a billion dollars for education last year off of t ...
Jul 15, 2008, 6:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Petition submitted for starting Arkansas lottery
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter submitted 138,615 signatures Thursday in support of a constitutional amendment creating a state-run lottery, moving his proposal to help fund college scholarships closer toward appearing on the November ballot.
Supporters needed 77,468 signatures by July 7 to get the measure on the November ballot. Tim Humphries, an attorney for the secretary of state's office, said officials will count and certify the valid signatures on July 7 and Halter will have 30 days to su ...
Jun 27, 2008, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum