Governor, lawmakers criticize state lottery rules

Friday, October 7th 2005, 5:53 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Lottery Commission decides to revisit the issue of barring pawnshops and payday loan companies from selling lottery tickets.

Governor Brad Henry and state legislators have criticized the panel's approval on Wednesday of emergency rules that didn't prohibit such establishments from participating.

Commission chairman Jim Orbison says he had talked to the governor and also had a request from fellow Commissioner Linda Dzialo of Lawton to bring the issue back up at a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

Dzialo wasn't present when the commission voted 3-to-1 to adopt the rules. Tulsa commission member George Charlton voted against the rules because they didn't include the ban.

Henry issued a statement saying he didn't think locations where people seeking financial assistance are appropriate venues to sell lottery tickets.