By The Associated Press
JACKSON – The chairman of the House Gaming Committee said he will hold an initial fact-finding committee hearing sometime within the next three or four weeks to look at proposals for a state lottery in Mississippi.
Forty-three states have lotteries, including all but one – Alabama – that border on Mississippi. Supporters say a lottery would help shore the state budget – and could be earmarked for education – and keep Mississippians from spending lottery dollars in neighboring states.
Rep. Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, said he has the Mississippi Gaming Commission and a casinos’ association gathering information for lawmakers.
In 1992 Mississippians voted, by 53 percent, to change the state constitution and allow a lottery. Lawmakers have never enacted a lottery.