Lottery turning into headache for speaker

JACKSON – The fact that Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has made no secret of his opposition to enacting a statewide lottery has not kept House members from trying to bring the issue to the forefront.

Gunn, who presides over the House, must decide in the coming days whether an amendment offered by Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, is properly before the House. The colorful Holland offered the amendment Thursday to legislation dealing with the regulating of fantasy sports gaming.

In offering the amendment, Holland said, “It is time to throw this snake into the congregation and see if it strikes.”

A point of order was raised immediately to the Holland amendment, saying it violated House rules to try to incorporate a state lottery in the fantasy sports legislation.

Daily Journal
2/6/17