The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 March 2003

And a long shot comes in

I wouldn't have thought it possible — and, in fact, said so — but Governor Henry's lottery bill isn't quite dead yet. When the vote for reconsideration came around, three Republicans who had opposed the measure the first time through voted for it, so instead of failing 52-49, it now passes 52-49 and will go on to the Senate.

Wayne Pettigrew, who represents a section of Edmond, was frank about the reasoning behind his switch:

I wasn't for this bill a week ago because of some very good reasons. I am still not for a state lottery. But any issue that has this much concern or this much interest — I am not against sending it to a vote of the people.

The future of the bill in the Senate is unclear. Still, the fact that it got this far borders on miraculous.

Posted at 7:03 AM to Soonerland

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