Apr 27, 2001 8:03 PM

Assemblywoman Kathy McClain, D-Las Vegas, has proposed a statewide lottery that deals Nevada casinos in as exclusive ticket sellers.

Unlike past lottery initiatives, this one has attracted bipartisan sponsors and awaits a hearing in the Assembly Taxation Committee. Moreover, casino lobbyists have not voiced any opposition to the bill.

But before Nevada can start counting its loot, AJR11 must be passed twice by the Legislature and once by a statewide vote. The five-year, multi-step process is required to change the Nevada constitution, which prohibits a statewide lottery.

The good news is that the legislative resolution is not held to the rigid deadlines that apply to other legislation. And McClain is betting on a favorable vote by the time lawmakers adjourn in June.