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Attorney General Rejects Corbett's Lottery Privatization Plan

State Rep. Erin Molchany and Sen. Wayne Fontana lauded the decision Thursday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has rejected the Corbett Administration’s plan to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a U.K.-based company Camelot Global Services—and Senate Democrats lauded the plan.

Local political leaders reacted to the decision Thursday on social media and on their official websites.

State Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Brookline) posted the following on her official Facebook page:

Attorney General Kane's decision to reject Gov. Corbett's back room lottery privatization deal is a victory for open government and for our seniors who depend on lottery-funded programs. This plan must be vetted by the legislature and the general public to determine what impact it would have on these programs and on our communities.

State Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) posted the following response on his district website:

"I applaud Attorney General Kane for her decision to reject the governor’s Lottery privatization scheme on constitutional grounds. Her decision was well researched, reasoned and grounded.

"It’s important to note that the attorney general’s decision had nothing to do with the merits of privatizing the Lottery. Instead, she was guided by the state’s constitution and made a solid, impartial decision. She did her job, and did it well.

"If the governor chooses to pursue his privatization scheme further, I hope the process is more open and transparent. The many seniors who rely on Lottery programs deserve no less."

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Drew Lehman February 14, 2013 at 09:54 PM
This is indeed a good decision for Pennsylvania residents. There are so many questions about this process that need answered. First question would be how is it that we have been talking about privatizing the LCB since the 50's with no movement but our lottery is sold off at the drop of a hat? Was there no other competitive bids because of how the bid was structured? After seeing lower than expected windfalls from both casinos and Marcellus Shale rights I am very skeptical of this transaction.
JR February 15, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Why sell something that is making $ for the State. If other games are needed, then they should be offered by the Lottery in accordance with the Laws of PA or have the laws of PA amended to include the necessary games.

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