Lottery referendum approved; vote scheduled for November

Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 1:00am

The Tennessee State Senate Wednesday said the citizens can vote on a state lottery by the margin of one 79-year-old senator with slow reflexes.

Capping a 16-year drive, Sen. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) cajoled 22 votes from the conservative Senate to allow a voter referendum in November 2002, concurrent with an election for governor. The measure is expected to pass the state House of Representatives easily, perhaps as early as next week.

The state constitution prohibits a lottery. There are two ways to change the state constitution

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