Update: Challenges to PA lottery plan mount for Governor Corbett

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 18, 2012 12:13 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett's administration is trying to counter negative publicity surrounding its move to privatize the management of the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.

Corbett is considering delaying a December 31 deadline to decide on whether to accept a British firm's bid to take over management of the  lottery. 

It has also distributed fact sheets to rank-and-file lawmakers as the December 31 deadline for the Republican governor decide on a $34 billion, 20-year contract bid by a British firm approaches.

Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser says the governor would be willing to postpone it, if that's what it takes to answer questions about the move and allow unionized employees time to offer a competitive alternative. 

Corbett is facing a lawsuit challenging his authority to award the contract and expand the scope of lottery gambling. Some lawmakers say their approval is needed and Treasurer Rob McCord says he may not authorize payments to the firm unless its plans to expand lottery gambling are clearly legal under state law.

McCord's staff says Corbett's aides haven't contacted him about it. Meanwhile, Corbett's Republican allies in the Legislature have been quiet about his lottery plans.

*This story was updated at 2:34 p.m. on 12/18/12

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