Panel approves referendum on Nevada lottery

May 16, 2001 3:05 AM
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A Nevada Assembly panel approved a resolution that would place the question of a lottery before the state’s voters in 2004.

The Assembly Taxation Committee cleared an amended version that lets the Legislature decide who may sell lottery tickets.

Because the measure would revoke a state constitutional ban on lotteries, it must be approved by two consecutive sessions of the Legislature, which meets again in 2003.

Lottery proceeds would be used for education and programs to benefit senior citizens.

Nevada is one of only 10 states that does not have a lottery.