Arkansas House Panel Supports Disbanding State Lottery Commission

Feb 18, 2015

The days could be numbered for the independent commission running Arkansas' lottery.

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday supported a bill that would move responsibility for the games' operations from the Lottery Commission to a state agency. Proponents say the change could help prevent a decrease in revenue for college scholarships.

If the bill becomes law, the state Department of Finance and Administration would manage the lottery approved by voters in 2008. The governor would appoint a games director.

The existing nine-member independent commission would be dissolved.

No one spoke against the bill, which now heads to the House floor. The Senate passed this bill this month on a 34-0 vote.