AG: Lottery statute may raise constitutional questions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state's attorney general says a law governing lottery scholarship eligibility for children of members of the military is constitutionally suspect.

Several lawmakers question whether the criteria discriminate against the children of military members on active duty who live in Tennessee.

Under the law, if a parent was a Tennessee resident when he or she entered the military, then that person's child can receive a lottery scholarship, even if they don't go to high school in Tennessee.

The opinion released Wednesday raises concerns about the law for differentiating between the children of military members who joined the service while a resident of another state and those whose parents entered service while a resident of Tennessee.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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