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Speaker Philip Gunn creates Lottery Study Commission

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn has created a Lottery Study Commission to indicate the true ramifications of a potential lottery in Mississippi. 

Don’t let the study commission initiative fool you, Speaker Gunn has not changed his opposing stance to a state lottery.

“I have been clear that I do not support a lottery,” said Speaker Gunn. “I have not changed my mind. I do not believe a lottery is based on sound economic policy, and it violates a number of conservative Republican principals.”

The purpose of the study group is to gather information to show that a lottery is not the windfall that it claims to be. Speaker Gunn said in all this time he has not had a single person, in support of the lottery, provide him with any documentation that it is a good thing.

He organized a meeting with members and charged them with examining a series of questions in the following categories as they relate to the lottery:

  • background issues
  • operational issues
  • social issues
  • economic issues

The members of the council include:

  • House Gaming Chair Rep. Richard Bennett
  • Rep. Nick Bain
  • Rep. Chris Johnson
  • Rep. Mac Huddleston
  • Rep. Cedric Burnett
  • MS Gaming Commissioner Allen Godfry
  • Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs
  • PEER Director James Barber
  • On an as-needed basis, Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Counsel to the Mississippi Gaming Commission Lou Frascogna.

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