Earmarking liquor revenue for treatment rejected

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - State lawmakers have rejected a proposal to set aside about $2 million in liquor sales revenue for substance abuse programs.

The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to kill a bill that would have earmarked 15 percent of all alcohol sales and profits each year. Wyoming collected about $13.6 million last year.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that some lawmakers said the Legislature is trying to move away from earmarking revenue from special sources. Rep. Donald Burkhart of Rawlins also said that any request for more funding should come from the state health department.

Lawmakers are considering another bill that would spend $2 million to create a substance abuse treatment account that would provide grants to new or existing treatment centers.

It's scheduled for a committee hearing Friday.

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