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House committee to examine lottery privatization this week

By - Last modified: January 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

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The state House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee has scheduled meetings for this week to continue looking at the issue of privatizing management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said last week it had decided to move forward with a contract with Camelot Global Services PA LLC.

New state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office has been reviewing the deal.

Profits now total about $1 billion annually and are dedicated to supporting programs for a growing number of seniors in Pennsylvania.

The growth is at the root of the administration’s seeking to increase results by bringing in a private manager.

Camelot’s management would mean an additional $3 billion to $4.5 billion over 20 years, the administration said last week.

The meetings, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, include hearing from service providers for their perspective, according to a committee meeting listing.

Later, the committee is scheduled to hear from the administration and Camelot.

Corbett has been under fire for an alleged lack of transparency in deciding whether to privatize lottery management.

His office responded in a recent email newsletter saying it has been transparent through various means of communication and asked people to contact their legislators to support more money for senior programs.

 

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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