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Details on House Lottery Hearing Set

Posted September 27, 2001 6:18 a.m. EDT

— House leaders have announced details on a hearing set for next week on several lottery referendum bills.

The two-hour hearing by the House Rules Committee is scheduled for 4p.m. Monday in the Legislative Building auditorium.

No vote is expected at the end of the hearing, which will give people on both sides of the issue the opportunity to present their arguments. Representative Bill Culpepper says speakers will be able to discuss one of four bills filed this legislative session.

Two of the bills provide details on how the games would be run and what percentage of the proceeds will go to specific programs.

The other two only say the money would go to reduce class sizes in the public schools and to a preschool program for at-risk 4-year-olds. Governor Mike Easley has pushed for a lottery with proceeds going to these education initiatives.