Incoming speaker Mike O'Neal says gambling isn't a solution to the state's budget problems.
O'Neal says many lawmakers think the state can rely on gambling revenue. But the Hutchinson Republican says the money ``isn't there and it's not going to be there.''
House Republicans picked O'Neal as their leader Monday, ousting incumbent Speaker Melvin Neufeld, of Ingalls.
Passage of the gambling law last year was a factor. Some conservatives were frustrated that it happened despite their opposition, and Neufeld's.
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