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Revised lottery scholarship bill advances

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A revised proposal that would make cutting some students' lottery scholarships in half contingent on lottery revenues is advancing in the Senate.

The Republican-backed measure passed the Senate Education Committee 7-2 on Wednesday. The companion bill was to be heard in the House Education Committee later in the day.

The original legislation sought to reduce by 50% the award for students who do not meet both standardized testing and high school grade requirements.

Opponents have said the bill is unnecessary because the lottery's education proceeds have increased 4% since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.

Under the new legislation, the lottery scholarship requirements won't change if the $10 million is sustained through 2015.

On Tuesday, Tennessee Lottery officials announced record sales of $130 million in February.

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