Lottery takeover in motion with Senate bill | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lottery takeover in motion with Senate bill

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Sen. Jimmy Hickey filed his expected legislation yesterday to abolish the Arkansas Lottery Commission and make the division a part of the state Higher Education Department.

Leaders of the House and Senate and Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson are quoted warmly about the proposal in today's Democrat-Gazette, which likely indicates swift passage.

There's some irony in legislation to reshape the lottery by a senator who fought its efforts to expand the revenue pool through new types of games, as other states have done. 

Here's Hickey's huge bill, which has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. They include a powerful legislative oversight committee, which is in keeping with various structural changes that have made the legislature even more powerful than it already was relative to the governor. The bill continues to prohibit the lottery from competing with the two casinos in Arkansas in casino-style games.

Of more concern to me is Hickey's other bill to make the dwindling pool of lottery scholarship money awarded on higher grade and college test score standards. This inevitably will make the scholarships disproportionately a benefit for more prosperous families likely college-bound in the first place and less likely to expand the number of people going to college, which was the nominal idea behind establishment of the lottery in the first place.




Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Sunday open line

    Open line and “news” on the Hog football coach.
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • The Clintons side by side in Little Rock 25 years after

    Bill and Hillary Clinton side by side taking questions from Donald Carville. The only thing more I could have asked for was a seat for Donald Trmp to handle the same topics.
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • Arkansas a leader in laws against better working conditions

    The Economic Policy Institute has compiled a national look at state laws that prevent local governments from mandating better working conditions in cities and counties than state law provides.As you might expect, Arkansas is among the leaders
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Sunday open line

    • Charlie Manson is dead yet Donald Trump lives......life ain't fair at all. Durango has the…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: The Medicaid charade explained

    • Get THE 2017 BLANK ATM Programmed Card and cash money directly in any ATM Machine…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: Sen. Greg Standridge dies at 50

    • He put up a good fight. I know his family is grieving. I wish his…

    • on November 19, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation