Friday, July 07, 2006

New Lottery Oversight Committee Approved

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation, which I sponsored, on Thursday that would establish an oversight committee to keep an eye on the new North Carolina lottery and to ensure that all proceeds go to education. “We want to ensure the citizens from this state that the proceeds from the lottery will be used exactly for what we said it would be used for,” said Rep. Bernard Allen, D-Wake, one of the bill’s co-sponsors “There will be no supplanting of funds.” The lottery is projected to raise over $400 million for education programs this year, including early childhood education, reducing class size, school construction, and college scholarships. The House approved HB 2212 by a vote of 102-1 and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

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