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Tweaks or big changes? Lottery legislation hanging

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A week into the legislative session, members of the Arkansas Lottery Oversight Committee still haven't been named.


But once panel members are chosen, they'll inherit a set of proposed changes to the lottery law, including one that would reduce college scholarship award amounts by 10 percent.


Former committee co-chairman Rep. Barry Hyde of North Little Rock says he hopes the new group examines the numbers before trying to restore the scholarship amounts to the level of last year's class.


At a Dec. 30 meeting, committee members said levels for the next recipient class should be $4,500 for university students and $2,250 for two-year school students.


The program's budget was strained when more students than expected applied for the $5,000 that was awarded to students at four-year schools.


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