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Dem plans bill to require privatization approval

By - Last modified: November 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

A state lawmaker from western Pennsylvania plans to introduce a bill requiring legislative approval for privatizing government programs that would include the Pennsylvania Lottery, according to a news release last week.

State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny County, was seeking co-sponsors for the bill, which he plans to introduce in January, the release stated.

A private-management agreement could be reached around that time, according to a timeline related to the plans.

DeLuca questions whether private management could do as well as the success achieved by the lottery under public management and said no governor should take such “unilateral action” without legislative consultation and approval, according to the release.

Privatization is under consideration because of a need to help secure necessary funding for the state’s senior population, which benefits from lottery-funded programs and is growing, according to Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

The lottery is not the only public asset that’s been part of privatization talks.

Plans to privatize parts of the state liquor store system were on the legislative track during this session, which expires at the end of the year, without gaining lawmaker approval.

Corbett’s office tweeted Monday that the administration would continue to pursue privatizing liquor stores. Corbett talked about the issue during to a visit to the Pennsylvania Press Club.