With Session Over, Lawmakers Look for Long-term Answers

by By Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 3:10 pm  

Sen. Jimmy Hickey, who sponsored the moratorium, said he planned to push for a permanent ban during next year's session. Hickey and other supporters of the ban have said they don't believe keno is what voters had in mind when they approved the lottery in 2008.

Hickey said he's also looking at proposing other changes to the state law that set up the lottery. He said one possible change could be having the games run by a state agency rather than an independent commission.

"By putting this in with March 13, this is going to give time to study any and every aspect within that (lottery) bill," said Hickey, R-Texarkana.

Lottery officials have said they plan to make the case to lottery officials on why the games are needed to help boost revenue for the lottery. The lottery has projected it would sell $12.5 million worth of tickets for the monitor games, which would create $3.8 million in revenue for college scholarships.

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