The NC Senate has put another bill on the calendar, I don't know what will happen to it, but at least it is out there from the get-go. The bill is titled: AN ACT to amend the constitution to provide that if the state operates a lottery, that the net proceeds shall be dedicated to education, and to forbid the net proceeds from supplanting other expenditures for the same purposes.
What it means is pretty self-explanatory, however, specific language and cosponsor information after the break.
The primary sponsor is Richard Stevens, with cosponsorship by Austin M. Allran, Tom Apodaca, Philip E. Berger, Stan Bingham, Andrew C. Brock, John A. Garwood, W. Edward (Eddie) Goodall, Neal Hunt, Jim Jacumin, Robert Pittenger, Keith Presnell, Fred Smith, Jerry W. Tillman, Hugh Webster. A quick click through to most of their websites and you will see they are all Republicans. I think this is a bill that Progressive Dems like Ellie Kinnaird should get behind right away. As a constitutional amendment, this bill will have to pass the state voters. I believe the voters if presented with the language below would vote yes. If we have to have a lottery, then all the proceeds should go over top of current spending.
SECTION 1. Article V of the North Carolina Constitution is amended by adding a new section to read:
"Sec. 14. State lottery funds.
If the State establishes a lottery, the net proceeds after paying prizes and the expenses of the lottery shall be used solely for the support of public schools and higher education. If the State establishes a lottery, the proceeds shall be used in addition to other expenditures for the public schools and higher education, and the total amount appropriated for public schools and higher education, not including the lottery proceeds, may not be reduced, although for capital expenditures the General Assembly may by law exclude from consideration for a particular unit a year in which local capital expenditures were significantly higher than the norm, either due to one‑time expenditures from reserves or the beginning of expenditures pursuant to a bond issue."