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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 1997
AUSTIN - A Senate subcommittee today approved a bill by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which would dedicate lottery revenue to public schools. Nelson said the measure is important to restore trust between Texans and their state government.
"When voters approved the lottery in 1991 they were under the clear impression that lottery profits would go to education. Politicians chose their words very carefully that year, but the promise was certainly implied. The Legislature must make good on that deal," Senator Nelson commented.
Nelson's bill, Senate Bill 105, was heard in the Senate Finance Committee on March 24. Witnesses testified that they had voted on the state lottery with the idea that revenues would be dedicated to education. To demonstrate how voters got that impression, Senator Nelson displayed a sheaf of 1991 news clippings and quotes from prominent politicians linking a lottery with school funding. She also cited a recent poll which shows that 87 percent of Texans support dedicating lottery funds to education.
Senate Bill 105 was referred to the subcommittee to be considered along with other lottery-related bills. Today (April 15) the subcommittee reported the bill favorably with a recommendation that it be approved by the full committee.
"Senate Bill 105 is about keeping faith with the people of Texas," Nelson said. "Good public policy is saying what you're going to do and then doing it."