The lottery bill is still under legal review at Gov. Matt Mead’s office.
House Bill 77 will establish a state lottery system similar to those used across the United States. Proceeds from the state-sponsored gambling will fund local governments and the common school account. The first $6 million collected by ticket sales each year will be split between municipalities, while the rest will go to schools.
The Legislative session ended Feb. 27.
During the session, the governor has three days to act on a bill. After the Legislature adjourns, the governor has 15 days to act on a bill. If the governor doesn’t sign the bill in 15 days, it becomes law.
The legal review will be finalized before those 15 days expire at the end of next week, said Mead’s spokesman Renny MacKay.
“The legal review is more compressed during each session and so there is more time to go through each bill, especially bills that are significant, like the lottery bill,” he said. “There are 86 bills on the governor’s desk right now. That’s a lot for the attorney general’s office and for this office to review.”