State Rep. Kathy Coleman on Lottery Bill Limbo

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State Rep. Kathy Coleman on Lottery Bill Limbo (Photo by Ron Richter)
State Rep. Kathy Coleman on Lottery Bill Limbo (Photo by Ron Richter)

Wyoming Representative Kathy Coleman says the lottery bill making its rounds in Cheyenne is currently in a state of legislative limbo. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.

Representative Coleman voted in favor of the bill and says the House of Representatives and Senate need to resolve some differences for the initiative to move forward.

The House passed the bill on third reading in a 31-28 vote earlier this month, allowing funding from the initiative to go to city and county coffers. But last week, the Senate amended it to have lottery revenue fund the state education system. And on Monday, the House voted not to accept the amendment made by the Senate. Coleman explains.

Proponents of the bill says since Wyoming residents are already paying for lottery tickets out-of-state, in Montana for example, having a state lottery would allow that money to stay in Wyoming. Some opponents of the bill says a lottery is a glorified tax that does more to hurt low and fixed income residents than help them.

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