Bob Williams: Another lottery bill

January 2, 2013 

Another lottery bill?

Our proposed lottery was a controversial issue. For several years, most Democratic legislators were in favor of it, and most Republican legislators were opposed to it. Opponents argued that the lottery would be a regressive tax on the poor.

On Aug. 30, 2005, the absence of two senators opposed to the lottery resulted in a tie vote on the issue, and Lt. Gov. Perdue cast the tiebreaking vote, in favor.

With the Republicans now in control of both houses of the General Assembly and of the governorship, it will be interesting to see if a bill to repeal the lottery will be presented in 2013.

Bob Williams


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