Lottery may get vote in Senate today, with 2 opponents absent

By: - August 30, 2005 4:48 am

Winston-Salem Journal


The N.C. Senate will return to Raleigh today with what might be the lucky number it needs to pass a state lottery, thanks to a Wilkes County senator’s plan to stay home.

For weeks, there have been 24 votes for a lottery and 26 – five Democrats and all 21 Republicans – against it in the Senate. A lottery proposal passed the N.C. House in April by the slimmest of margins, 61-59.

But two Republican senators who have been lobbied by lottery supporters could be absent. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is on his honeymoon. Sen. John Garwood, R-Wilkes, was taken to the hospital last week with a fever caused by an infection. (more…)

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066