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Friction over lottery

A freshman House member moved today for a special House session on Friday to discuss the lottery, but House Speaker Robbie Wills refused to recognize the motion.

Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, made the motion on the floor during today’s House session. He said later he believes the time has now come, after weeks of work by select groups of legislators, for the House as a whole to discuss the lottery.

Wills said he denied the motion because he does not believe a special session of the entire House is necessary at this time. He said he spoke to freshman House members in detail about the lottery on Monday, and the House Rules Committee and the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs will meet jointly Wednesday for another lottery discussion. Everyone is invited to attend that meeting, he said.

Wednesday’s meeting will be in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol upon adjournment of the House and Senate.

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2 Responses to “Friction over lottery”

  1. February 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Courtney says:

    I’m sure they can just discuss it over beer or over with the Farm Bureau since they seem to control the legislature anyway.

  2. February 19th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Frank says:

    The speaker cannot use his judgement on whether he thinks the motion has merit. This is an act of a dictator, his job is to preside not devcide what motions he agrees with or not.

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