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State Lottery Issue Still Remains In House Limbo

Posted July 16, 2002

— The lottery referendum has been on the House calendar for nearly a week, but there has not been a vote on it yet.

While some lawmakers feel strongly either for or against the lottery, some such as Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake County, remains undecided.

"I would really like to keep an open mind. As I've said before, I am leaning against at this point. I am trying to listen to all sides," she said.

Gov. Mike Easley said he wants a lottery in the state to fund his education programs. He said the lottery vote's postponement is frustrating.

"You know we are just a couple of votes away, but the real issue is we have an awful lot of people who are putting politics first and their own personal agenda first and education second and the state's welfare second. The best interest of the children who go here to school in North Carolina second -- all behind their own political, partisan interests," he said.

Tuesday, Easley released lottery earnings from Virginia and Georgia. The Georgia lottery has raised $726 million this year. The Virginia lottery raised a record $368 million this year.

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