Lottery bill clears Mississippi House panel, prospects dim

Published 1:35 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi House committee has voted to create a state lottery, but the proposal faces a tough future with opposition from the Republican House speaker.

The Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday changed House Bill 804 .

The bill originally dealt with determining whether criminal defendants are mentally competent to stand trial. After a brief discussion with few details offered, the committee chairman offered a plan to overhaul the bill to create a state lottery.

The revised bill passed the committee and moves to the full House.

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The committee chairman, Republican Mark Baker of Brandon, says he pushed the change because he wants to keep alive the possibility of a lottery. Tuesday was the first big deadline of the legislative session.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says Mississippi should consider a lottery.