PA Lotto Privatization on Hold

By Matt Hicks

PA Lotto Privatization on Hold

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 1:55 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) An effort to privatize the Pennsylvania lottery hits a roadblock from the attorney general in the form of the state's constitution.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said a contract proposal with Camelot Global Services PA LLC should be withdrawn because it violates the state's constitution.

Kane ruled that Gov. Tom Corbett had infringed on the power of the general assembly in pursuing the contract and that money was promised from games that have not been approved by the state. Furthermore, she said the proposed contract includes open and undefined indemnification.

When asked about the Attorney General's ruling, Corbett said his staff is looking into it.

"My job is to protect the seniors of Pennsylvania and I will do everything that I possibly can to make sure that we ensure we continue to take care of them now and in the future," Corbett said.

"It is disingenuous to put the cart before the horse by promising money to people in need based upon a contract before knowing that contract was legal and then blaming the messenger when it is deemed illegal," Kane said.

Corbett said he will be exploring other options for his plan.