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Lottery on ballot

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Arkansas may soon join the list of states that allow the public to purchase lottery tickets after Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels certified the petition to allow the proposition on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Submitted by Hope for Arkansas, the group sponsoring the lottery initiative, the petition gained the support of 134,387 Arkansans.

If voters allow, the proposed constitutional amendment would authorize the Arkansas General Assembly to establish, operate and regulate state lotteries to fund scholarships and grants for Arkansas citizens enrolled in certified two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Arkansas, according to Daniels.

On June 26, the group submitted petitions with 134,387 signatures to the Secretary of State. 10,426 signatures were culled leaving 123,961 to verify. 91,149 were determined to belong to Arkansas registered voters. 77,468 valid signatures, or 10 percent of the total number of votes cast for Governor in 2006, are required to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2008 ballot.

One other group, The Family Council Action Committee, submitted petitions to the Secretary of State by the July 7 deadline. The verification process has begun on their petitions for an initiated act to provide that an individual who is cohabiting outside of a valid marriage may not adopt or be a foster parent of a child less than 18-years-old.

61,794 valid signatures, or 8 percent of the number of votes cast for Governor in 2006, are required for initiated acts to get on the ballot this year.

The Secretary of State must verify signatures within 30 days of receipt of ballot initiative petitions.

Three other measures were referred to the voters by the 86th General Assembly to appear on this year's general election ballot:

* Referred Question 1--Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal, and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007.

* Proposed Referred Constitutional Amendment 1--An Amendment concerning voting, qualifications of voters and election officers, and the time of holding general elections.

* Proposed Referred Constitutional Amendment 2--An amendment providing that no legislative appropriation shall be for a period longer than one year, providing for fiscal legislative sessions, requiring the general assembly to meet every year with regular sessions continuing to be held in odd-numbered years and fiscal sessions held in even-numbered years, unless the General Assembly votes to hold regular sessions in even-numbered years and fiscal sessions in odd-numbered years, and allowing the general assembly to consider non-fiscal matters during a fiscal session upon approval of two-thirds of both houses.

The full ballot titles of the proposed issues can be found at www.votenaturally.org.

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Trying to get the lottery and the county wet. What is coming next? The legalization of prostitution or marijuana.

-- Posted by rebelman on Fri, Aug 1, 2008, at 9:31 AM

How many "rich" people stand in line to purchase and redeem lottery tickets? They understand sound investments and untenable risks. A state lottery is a tax on the poor. If you don't like the C.E.O.'s of the oil corporations scoring record profits from us average Americans, just wait until the lottery bosses get a cut of the loot. Oh, since the lottery will be regulated by the state, we should be content, happy, etc.? Please...

-- Posted by jomomma on Fri, Aug 1, 2008, at 10:34 AM

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