Lottery issue may resurface: Many politicians oppose it

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.

Daily Journal
10/21/12