Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

April 24, 1997
Contact: Chris Ward
(512) 463-0112


AUSTIN - A bill by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which would dedicate lottery revenue to public schools today passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on an 11-1 vote. Nelson said the measure is important to restore trust between Texans and their state government.

"The committee approval of Senate Bill 105 is a big step toward making good on an implied promise to the people of Texas," Nelson said. "Voters approved the lottery believing it would be dedicated to education. This bill makes that so."

Nelson's bill provides that profits from the state lottery flow directly into the foundation school fund, a state fund which is used only for K-12 education. Currently lottery revenue is dumped into the state's general fund and it is impossible to track where lottery dollars are going.

Senator Nelson cited polls which indicate that as many as 87 percent of Texans approve of dedicating lottery funds to schools. "It is clearly the will of the people of Texas that lottery revenues be earmarked for education," she said.

Senate Bill 105 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.