Lottery Defends Ticket Sales Contract

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Thursday, Attorney Barry Richard, an outside lawyer representing the Lottery, told Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers that the House’s argument would actually infringe on the agency’s right to make contracts, under the separation of powers doctrine. “What the Legislature cannot do is to decree that it must approve every contract,” he said. “Because that places the Legislature in the position of performing a quintessential function of the executive branch.”  After the hearing, Richard told reporters he was perplexed by the lawsuit. He said that, by signing a multiyear contract, the Lottery had actually saved the state money.   “I’m at a loss to understand why we’re doing this,” he said. 

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