Beebe votes against lottery amendment

Associated Press - November 4, 2008 1:34 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has voted against the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a lottery in Arkansas.

Beebe had not said ahead of time how he would vote, telling reporters that he would make up his mind on election day. After waiting about 40 minutes to cast his ballot in his hometown of Searcy, Beebe decided not to support the proposal.

Beebe spokesman Matt Decample said the governor concluded that having a lottery would hurt the poor.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has been the proposal's key backer. If the measure passes, the lottery would provide money for college scholarships.

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