completed action today on Sen. Jimmy Hickey's
bill to abolish the Lottery Commission
and make it a division of an executive agency, the state Department of Finance and Administration
. The vote was 84-3.
The bill makes no immediate changes in personnel, operation or eligibility and size of lottery scholarships. Those are yet to come in other ways.
Rep. Robin Lundstrom
, speaking for the bill, noted that the lottery had dropped from a $97 million net to something in the range of $75 million. The state is meeting existing commitments on scholarships through reserves.
Rep. John Walker
initially rose to speak against the bill, mistakenly believing this bill would raise the GPA and ACT scores to qualify for scholarships. That's contained in another bill. He withdrew his objection.