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N.C. lottery vote may happen today
The North Carolina House could vote on whether to start a North Carolina lottery as early as today, House Speaker Jim Black said Tuesday, but there could be plenty of reasons for a delay.Lottery supporters and opponents say there still doesn t appear to be enough votes to pass a bill, the details of which were still being worked out by leaders of a committee picked by Black. I m still thinking about (Wednesday), Black said of a floor vote. But he d be willing to wait, especially if he doesn t h ...
Apr 6, 2005, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. legislators wary of retribution by lottery opponents
If polls show over and over that two-thirds of North Carolinians support a state lottery, then why haven't legislators already adopted one?It is because what polls don't show is the intensity with which opponents fight a lottery and the fear that that prompts in some legislators - particularly those from swing districts. They're the people who will come after you, said Rep. Dewey Hill, D-Columbus, who recently switched his position to support a lottery. They will remember, and they'll come aft ...
Apr 4, 2005, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery Foes Gather Strength
A group of high-profile lottery opponents vowed Wednesday to fight efforts to bring scratch-off tickets and numbers games to North Carolina.As opponents gathered in the Legislative Building in Raleigh to voice opposition, members of a special House committee on the lottery filed the bill that they will use to craft a state lottery.The work on that bill, which does not yet include details of how a lottery would be set up, is set to be finished by April 11.The opponents said they were working one ...
Mar 31, 2005, 9:28 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery committe selected and moving quickly
House Speaker Jim Black chose his top lieutenant Monday to lead a special committee whose mission is to fashion an education lottery bill on which the full chamber can vote.Rep. Bill Culpepper, chairman of the House Rules Committee, will also chair the 14-member House Select Committee on the Lottery, which will meet for the first time this afternoon.Black won't serve on the committee but hand-picked its members. They will examine three lottery bills introduced this year in the House before gener ...
Mar 30, 2005, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum

Opinion: Time has come for a lottery in North Carolina
Charlotte Observer EditorialBy Jim Black, N.C. House SpeakerNorth Carolina must make the education of our children our number one priority and find the needed revenue to fund it. The future of our state and its people depend upon it.Unfortunately, the North Carolina legislature is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1.2 billion in the upcoming year. In order to continue improving education, legislators will either have to increase taxes or find new revenue sources to help fund education.Rais ...
Mar 28, 2005, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum

Money woes push some to reconsider N.C. lottery
For years, North Carolina has held out against the nation's lottery boom, making it the largest of just 10 states in the nation without government-run gambling.Now, though, the numbers may finally be coming up in favor of a numbers game in the only East Coast state without one.The speaker of the state House of Representatives has said he now favors a lottery, joining second-term Gov. Mike Easley, a longtime proponent. Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, says he intends to bring a lottery bill to t ...
Mar 28, 2005, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum

Showdown over N.C. lottery coming within 2 weeks
If North Carolina House Speaker Jim Black has his way, the General Assembly will be plunged next month into a short, intense drama over whether state government should start a lottery.Last week, before the assembled capital press corps, Mr. Black, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County, repeated that he expects a vote on a lottery bill in the House within two weeks.Tonight, he will announce his appointments to a special committee that will work up the proposal, presumably during the next week. If th ...
Mar 28, 2005, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. lawmaker predicts lottery will fail
North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to vote next week on whether or not North Carolina will have a lottery, and Rep. Mitch Gillespie, R-McDowell, said he expects the lottery will fail. In my opinion, it will be defeated by 16 to 20 votes, Gillespie said.He is opposed to a state lottery.One of several lottery proposals in the General Assembly would create a local-option lottery. Under the bill, county commissioners could call for a vote on a lottery. If voters in at least 25 counties voted ...
Mar 25, 2005, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum

California Senator questions Mega Millions lottery plans
Millions of California lottery enthusiasts, anxious to beat the 1-in-135 million odds of winning the upcoming Mega Millions jackpot, may find some of their least-favorite politicians crushing their dreams of wealth.The chairman of California's Senate Governmental Organization Committee has asked the Legislature's attorneys whether the Lottery Commission has the constitutional authority to join the multistate Mega Millions game later this year.If the commission's authority is questionable, the ma ...
Mar 25, 2005, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum

Nevada Lottery Proposal Killed
Nevada may be a gambling state but a Senate panel decided on a 5-2 vote Thursday that a lottery is one game of chance the state can do without.Sens. Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, and Valerie Wiener, D-Las Vegas, cast the only yes votes as the proposed constitutional amendment for a lottery to fund education was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee.AJR2 would have had to pass this session and again in 2007 before going to a vote of the public in 2008. I've only been here seven weeks ...
Mar 25, 2005, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum