February 20, 2013 —
HARRISBURG, PA — Leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are speaking out against the decisions of the Democratic Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to disapprove the contract between Governor Tom Corbett and the company Camelot Global Services to operate the state’s lottery.
In a memo about the matter, Kane wrote that the “executive branch exceeded its authority under the… Pennsylvania Constitution by unlawfully infringing on the general assembly’s power to make basic policy choices regarding the management and operation of the lottery.”
Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Sam Smith and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai released a joint statement saying, “The administration’s interest was always about growing lottery proceeds to increase funding for programs, thus helping the state serve its expanding senior population. We also realize many may feel this action by the attorney general ‘saves the lottery.’ However, given that the lottery has contracted out significant portions of its current operations, and has done so for many years, we hope the attorney general’s decision does not set the current operations back.”
Governor Corbett has said he is disappointed in the decision, and will look at what options his administration might have to move forward with expanding the lottery.
Many Democrats meanwhile have been saying for some time that Corbett was exceeding his authority and some of them filed a lawsuit against the move.