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N.C. House backs permanent lottery oversight panel

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C. House backs permanent lottery oversight panel

The North Carolina House agreed Thursday to create a 16-member oversight committee that would examine whether lottery profits are being used for education and if they are supplanting existing education funds.

The measure, approved by a vote of 102-1 and sent to the Senate for consideration, would create a permanent panel chosen by the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore comprised of legislators, educators and a county commissioner.

The Joint Legislative Lottery Oversight Committee also would monitor North Carolina Education Lottery operations and study other matters related to the games. The panel would report annually to the full General Assembly.

The lottery law approved last year sets aside net revenues for school construction, class-size reduction, pre-kindergarten and college scholarships. Profit projections for the new fiscal year starting last weekend range from $400 million to $425 million.

Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, cast the lone no vote.

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Posted: July 7, 2006, 7:22 am - IP Logged

the north carolina lottery has had to endure a lot.i think all of this will only help to make it stronger in the long run.any states in the future need to look closely at these things before starting up their own lotteries.there are a lot of pitfalls involved for those who are not careful or prepared.good luck to the north carolina lottery.i think they will be alright when its all said and done........

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    Posted: July 7, 2006, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

    Well if the panel is being created to make sure lottery profits are being used education purposes then I think it is a good thing.

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      Posted: July 7, 2006, 1:45 pm - IP Logged

      Well if the panel is being created to make sure lottery profits are being used education purposes then I think it is a good thing.

      I agree in principal.However,one must ask,how pathetic is it that these people must oversee the purpose for which the law was passed in the first place.It amounts to the fact that NC government can't be trusted to do the right thing on it's own.I guess it is to be expected in the days like these.

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        Posted: July 9, 2006, 1:07 am - IP Logged

        Well if the panel is being created to make sure lottery profits are being used education purposes then I think it is a good thing.

        I agree in principal.However,one must ask,how pathetic is it that these people must oversee the purpose for which the law was passed in the first place.It amounts to the fact that NC government can't be trusted to do the right thing on it's own.I guess it is to be expected in the days like these.

        Yes NodI think all states lotteries should get a "police" committee so that the schools won't end up worst than what they were and guard against thieving hands.  I've seen similar things happen with my own two eyes.  You have no clue. Look at Tn do you think they distributed money to hire teachers for special needs kids....no they cut teachers because somebody got a cut before it even went to the schools and the schools had to scramble over what was left.  We call that "stepping on it".

        People who have the power to do it- grease their own palms.  Somebody won't get theirs.   I look at the state lotteries that have been around since the beginning, like Chicago.  Their schools are so messed up it is PATHETIC. 

        Just hope that the oversee committee is not as corrupt.  It's in our nature, underhanded clandestine corruption is real.  You don't really think that the problems that NC had at the beginning were because the politicians couldn't do anything on their own - it's was always  a fight over who were going to control the money.  The people who voted it into law I think did a good thing.  It's makes it harder to steal and with the oversee committee it makes it even harder and if someone stick their hands in the till then we know what heads will roll. 

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          Posted: July 9, 2006, 10:50 am - IP Logged

          I think most lotto games like NC should go to education.

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            Posted: July 9, 2006, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

            I can't wait til they form a committee to oversee the oversee committee.