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Capitol news: money and lotto cops

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The Arkansas Senate is now Twittering. From which I learn that a fairly routine resolution to introduce the revenue stabilization bill fell two votes short (22 ayes needing 24) and will have to be revoted Thursday.

The back story: A rump group in the Senate wants to see the actual bill before approving its introduction, which takes a two-thirds vote. Roll call. They're suspicious that Gov. Mike Beebe wants to tap some leftover general improvement fund money currently under control of the legislature to shore up other accounts. Once the bill is introduced, it needs only a majority to pass.

And Capsearch informs me that the legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee is talking about an idea to make the Lottery Commission a law enforcement agency. Lottery police? I don't know. Ernie P. says it would save money on contracted services. And you know how Ernie P. likes to save money. Particularly on salaries.


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