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Black Lawmakers May Object to Lottery Appointees

27 January 2004

Las Vegas Sun

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- The state Senate on Monday voted unanimously and without debate to confirm Gov. Phil Bredesen's appointees to the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. board of directors, but the appointments may run into trouble in the House.

The Senate's approval came almost a week after lottery tickets went on sale, and six months after board members began their jobs.

"They've done, in my opinion, an excellent job in getting the lottery started and taking their mission seriously, which is to maximize benefits for students," Sen. Steve Cohen, who sponsored the resolutions, told his colleagues before the 30-0 vote.

The resolutions were scheduled for consideration today by a House subcommittee, where things aren't expected to go as smoothly.

The Legislature's Black Caucus, which includes 15 House members, last week said it might vote against the confirmations because of what they said was a lack of Tennessee minority businesses participating in lottery contracts.

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