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Anti-lottery bill fails to advance in state legislature

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NASHVILLE (WRCB) – Proposed legislation that would have prevented the Tennessee Lottery from advertising outside of where tickets are sold, such as on television, radio or billboards, was handed a legislative defeat in the legislature Tuesday.

In a Senate State and Local Government committee meeting , after introduction by Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson County), the sponsor of the bill, the legislation failed to receive a "second" from any member and will be held "in committee," which is essentially the death notice for this session.

In response, the House sponsor, Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge), has decided to take the companion bill in that chamber off notice.  

The bills sought to make it illegal to advertise lottery sales on television, radio or billboards and would have only allowed the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation to place advertisements next to the register where the tickets are sold.

The General Assembly Fiscal Review Committee estimated the bill, if passed, would have cost Tennessee nearly $23 million lost revenue.

According to the Fiscal Review Committee, the lottery gains approximately ten dollars in revenue for every dollar they spend on advertising.

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