Odds of Lottery Committee Meeting Are Longer Than Any Game's Chances
In August 2006, Gov. Mike Easley signed a law that established a lottery oversight committee. It is supposed to meet four times a year, but hasn't met yet.Posted — Updated
In August 2006, Gov. Mike Easley signed a bill into law that established a lottery oversight committee. It is supposed to meet four times a year, but it hasn't met yet.
More than $300 million from lottery revenues last year went to North Carolina schools. One of the lottery oversight committee's functions is to make sure that money is used in the right way.
All but two lawmakers voted in favor of creating the committee. And several told WRAL, they had no idea it was not meeting.
“The law requires that we have a committee made up of public citizens that make sure the lottery money is supposed to go and the lottery is run how it's supposed to be run,” Fitzsimon said.
A committee member with whom WRAL spoke with said the panel never met because it was never called to meet.
House Speaker Joe Hackney appointed a new co-chair to the committee Tuesday. WRAL was told there is a conference call scheduled, and the committee plans to meet as a whole some time late this month.
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