Hughes pushes for lottery

Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, is urging colleagues to suspend the rules and take up a lottery bill outside the normal deadline.

Hughes made the push on the House floor Monday.

Two lottery bills in the House have already died. Last week, Gov. Phil Bryant said he would like to see a bill for the game introduced this session, amid lagging revenue.

Hughes proposed having one-fourth of the proceeds designated for municipalities and 50 percent earmarked for education. The remaining funds would go toward counties. Municipalities and cities would have discretion on how to spend the revenue, but Hughes indicated most would apply the funds toward infrastructure.

Clarion Ledger
2/27/17