Halter Staking Political Future on Lottery Idea

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is expected to decide this week whether to approve the language for Lt. Governor Bill Halter's proposed constitutional amendment to create a state lottery.  Halter says the measure would fund $100 million in scholarships annually.  McDaniel's approval is the first step before Halter can start gathering some 78,000 signatures needed to place the proposal on the 2008 ballot.

Halter campaigned for a state-run lottery to fund education during this year's legislative session, but was unsuccessful.  He is modeling the proposal after the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program in Georgia.  He calls the campaign for his lottery "Hope for Arkansas."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)