Lt. Governor Says He'll Try to Put Lottery on '08 Ballot - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Lt. Governor Says He'll Try to Put Lottery on '08 Ballot

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter says he hopes to put a proposal on the 2008 ballot that would create a state-run lottery to raise millions for college scholarships.

Halter says he plans to submit a proposed constitutional amendment to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office by the week's end.  If McDaniel approves the measure's language, Halter would need to gather about 78,000 signatures to place the item on the November 2008 ballot.

Halter says the lottery would raise about $100 million annually for college scholarships.

Halter backed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a lottery that died in a legislative committee earlier this year.  Advocacy groups complained the scholarships would be funded by low-income families purchasing the tickets.

Halter says his proposed lottery would fund scholarships to attend public and private accredited higher education institutions in the state.  The details of the scholarships and the lottery would be finalized by legislators if the amendment is approved by voters.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Region 8 Responds

  • Are you in favor of a lottery in Arkansas?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    77%
    1598 votes
    No
    21%
    443 votes
    Undecided
    2%
    44 votes
  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Arkansas Children's Week celebrated with outdoor concert and parade

    Arkansas Children's Week celebrated with outdoor concert and parade

    Friday, April 28 2017 12:09 PM EDT2017-04-28 16:09:02 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-28 18:44:01 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A week-long celebration for children ended with a concert and parade while encouraging kids to get outside and play.

    A week-long celebration for children ended with a concert and parade while encouraging kids to get outside and play.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest: 'Home Fire Campaign Mega Blitz'

    A Better Region 8 Guest: 'Home Fire Campaign Mega Blitz'

    Friday, April 28 2017 2:05 PM EDT2017-04-28 18:05:03 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-04-28 18:09:05 GMT
    ABR8.jpgABR8.jpg

    The American Red Cross serving Northeast Arkansas celebrates 100 years of service to our community this year.   

    The American Red Cross serving Northeast Arkansas celebrates 100 years of service to our community this year.   

  • Food under floor gets health inspectors' attention

    Food under floor gets health inspectors' attention

    Friday, April 28 2017 1:23 PM EDT2017-04-28 17:23:16 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 1:32 PM EDT2017-04-28 17:32:10 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    A list of health inspections submitted during the week ending Friday, April 28.

    A list of health inspections submitted during the week ending Friday, April 28.

Powered by Frankly