Mississippi House passes heavily amended Senate lottery bill
August 25, 2018 7:52 AM
by Robert Mann
The Mississippi House Friday passed a heavily amended Senate lottery bill rerouting some future monies toward education instead of roads. Additionally, the House version requires that a new Mississippi Gaming Corp. and its board adhere to state public records and open meetings laws.
A lengthy debate resulted in passage of a bill with numerous amendments, but did end up 71-43 in favor of a lottery. The Legislature is now adjourned until Monday, prolonging a special session that Gov. Phil Bryan had initially hoped would be concluded by Friday.
Senate leaders will decide to accept the changes or invite conference. Observers say a conference is expected, with three lawmakers from both chambers, trying to achieve a consensus on compromise legislation.
Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah are currently the only states without a lottery.