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Additional groups join lottery suit

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Three left-leaning advocacy groups and a local community activist are hoping to join a lawsuit contesting the constitutionality of the state’s lottery legislation.

The suit was filed in December by the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, a conservative nonprofit that backs a limited role for government.

The North Carolina Justice Center filed a motion on behalf of itself, North Carolina Fair Share, the North Carolina Common Sense Foundation and activist Willis Williams to become plaintiffs in the suit.

The parties contend that state lawmakers violated procedures required by the state constitution in passing laws that generate revenue.

The lottery amounts to a new tax and therefore should be considered a revenue bill, the Justice Center says.

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