COPY-Ark. lawmakers delay vote on lottery scholarships

Associated Press - January 28, 2010 6:44 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawmakers say they need more time before they recommend the amounts for scholarships that will be funded by Arkansas' lottery.

A legislative panel on Thursday recommended several proposed changes to the state law on the lottery, but delayed voting on scholarship amounts. The co-chairman of the panel said the committee will next week consider setting the scholarships at $5,000 for 4-year schools and $2,500 for 2-year schools.

Rep. Barry Hyde said lawmakers are still discussing details on scholarships for nontraditional students and for students who are already in college.

Arkansas began selling lottery tickets in late September, and the games' net profits will go toward college scholarships. The Legislature must set the amounts for the scholarships when lawmakers meet for this year's session.

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