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Panel Votes to Bar Children from Lottery Ads (Mar 22, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Advertisements that promote Oklahoma's lottery could not include school-age children under a bill that has passed out of a state House committee.

The House Common Education Committee approved the measure 8-6 Tuesday and sent it to the House floor for a vote. It has already passed the Senate.

Rep. Wade Rousselot of Wagoner says portraying children in television ads for the lottery creates a perception they are involved in a game of chance.

But Rep. Doug Cox of Grove says lottery ads do not portray children playing lottery games. Cox says the ads depict children in classroom settings and reinforce the message that lottery proceeds support education in Oklahoma.

The measure is similar to a bill approved by the Legislature last year but vetoed by former Gov. Brad Henry.

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