HARRISON: Will State Lottery Be On Agenda For 2017 Special Session?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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Everyone agrees that Gov. Phil Bryant will call a special session before July 1 to take up three appropriations bills that died during the just-completed 2017 regular session.

But could a lottery also be on the agenda when the Republican governor calls the special session?

Clay Chandler, a spokesman for Bryant, said simply Monday in an emailed response, “The governor will decide between now and the special session whether the lottery – and anything else unrelated to the agency budgets – will be included in the call.”

The governor has the authority to set the agenda for special sessions.

Bryant had previously opposed the lottery. But late last year, Bryant’s position on the lottery shifted. He cited the number of Mississippians purchasing lottery tickets in neighboring states, taking money out of the state, as the reason for his support for the lottery.

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who has been steadfastly against the lottery, announced earlier this month he would form a special committee to study the impact of a lottery on Mississippi, presumably in advance of the 2018 legislative session.