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Changes Sought In Oregon Lotto Distribution

Oregon counties could see a bigger slice of lottery dollars if one public safety group gets its way on the 2014 ballot.

The Statesman Journal reports the Josephine County-group Securing Our Safety is seeking a constitutional amendment to change how lotto dollars are handed out.

The Oregon Lottery Control Act would send half of the money to the Legislature and the other half directly to counties.

Counties would still have to spend lottery dollars on constitutionally mandated conservation and schools, but would have more discretion for public safety projects.

Rural counties like Curry, Josephine and Jackson have struggled to staff law enforcement and jails because of declining timber revenue.

Opponents of the proposed measure say it would cut into education funding statewide. 

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