Feb 13, 2013

PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane says not so fast Governor Corbett on approving lottery contract

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 lottery employees.

According to The Patriot-News, Kane's spokewoman Ellen Mellody described the nearly 200-page proposed contract as specialized and unique.
"It is disingenuous for anyone to suggest that the ongoing form and legality review, is a simple, ministerial exercise," she said in an emailed response.
"The Office of the Attorney General personnel assigned to review the contract for form and legality has years of experience serving under several attorneys general, and is reviewing the contract for form and legality -- not politics or policy," Mellody stated
Kane, a Democrat, isn't saying when she'll decide, but says it's disingenuous to suggest that the contract review is a simple, ministerial exercise. Corbett, a Republican, says he expects a decision this week, but isn't saying whether he's discussing a bid extension with Camelot.

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