Texas House reconsiders vote to abolish lottery commission
Well, that was interesting...
The Texas House reversed itself Tuesday and tentatively passed a bill that allows the Texas Lottery Commission to continue operating for another 12 years.
House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, passed 92-53.
The vote ended a day of drama in the House that started when lawmakers earlier voted to abolish the lottery commission. The House abruptly broke for lunch after the vote to end the commission, allowing House leaders the time to muster en ...
Apr 23, 2013, 7:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas House votes to abolish state lottery
The Texas House voted 81-65 to abolish the state lottery Tuesday, which would strip more than $1 billion a year from public schools.
A bi-partisan bloc of Republicans and Democrats spoke against the lottery on moral grounds.
A group of Democrats joined a Republican contingent that included at least two dozen Republican freshmen in voting against continuation of the Texas Lottery Commission. The vote can be reconsidered later if one of those who voted against the lottery ask ...
Apr 23, 2013, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Gov. slams Democrat tactics to derail lottery plan
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to some New Jersey federal lawmakers' insistence that the U.S. Attorney General conduct a formal review of his lottery privatization plans as naked partisanship.
The governor blasted six New Jersey congressmen's decision to send the letter requesting a review by the Justice Department, saying Thursday that it amounts to nothing more than a campaign stunt for Christie's presumed Democratic gubernatorial challenger.
They might as well just put a 'Buo ...
Apr 19, 2013, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Democrats want Justice Department to review lottery privatization plan
Unhappy with the state's decision to push ahead with its plan to partially privatize the New Jersey Lottery, a group of Garden State lawmakers have decided to make a federal case of the conflict. On Wednesday, half of New Jersey's congressional delegation asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the administration's scheme to see if it complies with federal law.
The six Democratic congressmen cosigned a letter to Holder, asking him to determine whether the $120 million payment the st ...
Apr 18, 2013, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Loopholes allow some Michigan lottery winners to stay on welfare
A Michigan agency has removed more than 500 lottery winners from certain welfare programs because of a new state law that cross-references winners with recipients of some types of aid.
But the Department of Human Services says many more welfare cases could be ended if what it calls loopholes were closed, or if laws were altered or expanded.
The Department of Human Services on Monday issued a report that covers findings from April through December 2012.
It relates to a law signed last Ap ...
Apr 16, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill clears Legislature
Will the Governor sign the bill?
The Wyoming House and Senate on Tuesday struck a compromise on the bill to allow a state lottery and multi-state games such as Powerball.
House Bill 77 now goes to the desk of Gov. Matt Mead, who has been lukewarm about a lottery.
Mead has said he has no moral objections but is concerned about the potential social costs.
The governor can sign the bill into law, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.
The bill's passage culminated a ...
Feb 27, 2013, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. expects protracted legal fight on privatization
Returns $50M security payment to British firm
The Corbett administration on Tuesday cited the potential for a prolonged appeal of the attorney general's rejection of a Pennsylvania Lottery management contract as it returned a $50 million security payment to a British company.
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said the money was returned to Camelot Global Services because the administration does not expect to execute a private management agreement in the near future.
Camelot, which manages th ...
Feb 20, 2013, 1:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. lottery deal becomes political football
Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to say whether she'll approve a contract to hire a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.
Camelot Global Services' bid to take over lottery management from state employees expires Saturday. Kane has a little over three weeks to decide whether the 20- to 30-year contract is legal. In the meantime, the contract's legality is being challenged in court by Democratic lawmakers and the union that represents lot ...
Feb 14, 2013, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Assembly approves measures to slow Gov.'s plan to privatize lottery
The New Jersey Assembly Monday passed a measure that would force Gov. Chris Christie to seek the Legislature's approval for his plan to privatize parts of the state lottery, which Democratic lawmakers said is being pushed through under the radar without oversight.
The bill (A3614), approved 45-29, largely along party lines, would give the Legislature the power to reject or accept the 15-year, $120 million contract the Christie administration is reviewing. Current law does not require Christie ...
Jan 29, 2013, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Treasurer considers blocking move to private lottery operator
As more details emerge about the contract for private management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state treasurer says he's more concerned, not less, about the legality of the contract.
State Treasurer Rob McCord has previously indicated he'll use his authority to withhold payments to the private Lottery manager if he deems it necessary. And he says he's not heard anything to put his mind at ease.
I haven't made the final decision yet, but right now I certainly am taking a look at this wi ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum