Lottery Commission misses out on supplemental funding

Wednesday, March 9th 2005, 5:31 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An aide to Governor Henry says he's concerned that the House hasn't approved a request for supplemental funding for the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission.

State Finance Director Scott Meacham says he hopes that Republicans -- who didn't support the lottery -- aren't trying to sabotage something the people overwhelmingly support.

Meacham commented after the House and Senate passed $63-million in supplemental funding bills Tuesday, but not the proposed $500,000 in funding for the lottery commission.

The Senate approved $20-million in supplemental funding for the Department of Human Services and $15.2-million for public schools.

The House approved $17.9-million in funding for the Department of Corrections and $4-million for the college scholarship program.

Tulsa state Representative Chris Benge confirmed the state House was resisting using General Fund money for lottery purposes.