House panel: Don’t divert lottery money to local roads

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi House committee says it will not agree to changing the way the state spends some of its lottery money.

The Mississippi Lottery started operating in November 2019.

State law specifies that the first $80 million generated by the lottery each year will go into improving or building state highways and bridges.

Senators voted last month to redirect that $80 million a year into a local road and bridge fund, through June 2024. That would give cities and counties control of the money instead of the state Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee removed that proposed change from Senate Bill 2825.

The bill has other proposals, including one to allow farmers and loggers to carry heavier loads in each truck. The bill remains alive and will go to the full House for more debate.

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