Cohen expects legislative battle before lottery scholarship vote

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The man who pushed a state lottery through the Legislature expects a partisan battle over the lottery next year in Nashville.

Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis, a former state senator, said he expects fireworks when legislators decide whether to use a $400 million lottery surplus to lower the standards to qualify for a lottery scholarship.

Cohen said he plans to lobby in support of lowering grade point standards, promoting a plan called the "Inspire" grant, which would enable low income students to get more money to pay for college.

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