JACKSON – A state lottery – one of Mississippi’s most contentious issues in the late 1980s and early 1990s – could resurface in the coming weeks.
House Gaming Chair Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, was quoted in media reports saying he plans to hold fact-finding hearings on the issue of a state lottery before the 2013 session begins.
But based on the response of some of the state’s top political leaders, it appears unlikely that the issue will go further than a fact-finding hearing.
Both House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, as well as Gov. Phil Bryant, in recent days have gone on record as being opposed to the lottery.