Arkansas House backs keeping some lottery winners’ ID secret

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — The Arkansas House has approved legislation to allow some lottery winners to ask the state to keep their identities secret.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill to allow those winning more than $500,000 in the lottery to ask the state for their anonymity. The proposal, which had previously failed twice in the House, now heads to the Senate for a vote.

Supporters of the measure say the legislation is needed to ensure the safety of winners or large lottery jackpots. Opponents have said keeping the information secret would prevent the public from knowing if there’s misconduct in the lottery.

The bill is among several proposals made this year to scale back Arkansas’ public records law .

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