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Asa Hutchinson on Local Issues

Former Administrator of D.E.A.; former Republican Representative (AR-3)

 


Shift lottery authority to new state agency

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature acted this month to temporarily prohibit an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every 4 to 6 minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency. "More influence on the director by the governor as an executive branch agency I think would help them to look at problems down the road. We've got some significant challenges from reduced revenue for the lottery," said Hutchinson.

Both Ross and Hutchinson have previously said they do not support putting state general revenue into the scholarships. While Hutchinson & Ross expressed distaste for the lottery they still talked about utilizing its funds for scholarships and continuing its existence.

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate , Jul 11, 2014

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