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House sponsor likes lottery scholarship amendment

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal that seeks to cut some students' lottery scholarships in half says he supports an amendment that would make such a move contingent on lottery revenues.

The original bill was scheduled to be heard in the House Education Subcommittee on Wednesday. Republican Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville delayed the measure from last week to give lawmakers a chance to review the amendment that has been approved in the Senate.

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

Under the new legislation, the lottery scholarship requirements won't change if lottery proceeds of at least $10 million are sustained through 2015. Brooks says he likes the idea.

Tennessee Lottery officials say the lottery has set record gross sales every month since July.

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