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
Deal reached to privatize the Pa. Lottery
The Corbett administration announced late Friday that it would award to a British firm a contract to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
The announcement came just days before a state Senate committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on what has become the administration's most aggressive foray into privatizing state services.
While the contract with Camelot Global Services was not yet formally signed, the administration issued what it called a notice of award. Though not ...
Jan 12, 2013, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Union fights effort to privatize Pa. Lottery
The union that represents Pennsylvania Lottery employees is fighting Gov. Corbett's move to privatize its operations.
With a day to go until the private company's offer is set to expire, AFSCME Council 13 is waging a strong counterattack against outsourcing the profitable lottery in the courtroom, the Statehouse, and the streets.
This week, a particularly edgy some might consider over-the-top billboard appeared near the Capitol, skewering the British firm that is the sole bidder for the lo ...
Jan 9, 2013, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery privatization Q&A
Secretaries of aging and revenue discuss Camelot Group bid
If Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett accepts an English company's bid to handle the day-to-day management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, no two state agencies will be more immediately and profoundly affected than the Departments of Aging and Revenue.
The Aging Department is one of the main beneficiaries of the $3.5 billion Lottery, which funds programs ranging from Meals on Wheels to in-home care services for Pennsylvania's senior citize ...
Jan 8, 2013, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum