Lottery advertising bill defeated in committee

Lottery advertising bill defeated in committee by Jaimi Reimer Advertising of the lottery will continue in South Dakota due to a bill killed in committee Feb. 1.

The Senate State Affairs committee deferred SB 155 to the 41st Legislative Day.

The bill would have prohibited the advertising of South Dakota�s scratch ticket lotteries.

The state currently does not advertise video lottery.

Sen. Gerald Lange, D-Madison, said advertising the lottery �defies our work ethic in South

Dakota.� He went on to say the mission statement of the lottery, �? to maximize revenues to the general fund ?,� conflicted with the constitution of South Dakota.

Lange argued that the same revenues could be realized if the state were to spend more money on out-of-state advertising for South Dakota tourism.

Rodger Leonard of the South Dakota Lottery Commission testified that the bill had the potential to limit state revenue as well as eliminating all information distributed by the SD Lottery. He said all information, including informative brochures about certain games, would be banned under the bill.

The state expects a $5.3 million revenue from all lotteries next year, said Leonard.�

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