Location:
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


April 25, 2011

 

2011-R-0202

QUESTIONS FOR CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION BOARD MEMBER NOMINEE

By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst

CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION (CLC) BOARD OF DIRECTORS (CGS 12-802)

● The board consists of 13 members who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authorities. At least four must have skill, knowledge, and experience in the fields of management, finance, or operations in the private sector.

● The governor appoints five members, including the chairperson; the six top legislative leaders each appoint one. The state treasurer and Office of Policy and Management secretary serve as ex-officio members.

● Both houses confirm the governor's appointees following the procedure for confirming department heads.

● The court may remove directors for misfeasance, malfeasance, or willful neglect of duty.

QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEE

1. What motivated you to serve on the CLC board?

2. Given sufficient personnel and resources, what initiatives would you most like the board to pursue?

3. Some states earmark lottery proceeds for a specific purpose. Connecticut once earmarked them for education. What is the case for or against earmarking lottery proceeds for a specific purpose?

4. One of the corporation's purposes is to operate the lottery for the “public good.” But, according to numerous studies, the lottery is one of the games of choice of compulsive gamblers. How can we resolve what appears to be an inherent conflict between the organization's purpose and the lottery's link to compulsive gambling?

5. Where do you see the Connecticut lottery and state lotteries in general in 10 years time?

6. What do you see as the biggest threat to the growth of lottery revenue?

7. Despite questions over legal and security issues, gambling has come to the Internet. Based on your understanding of the issue, what are the most useful initiatives the legislature should pursue with regard to the lottery? Should the legislature be exploring the feasibility of using the Internet as a tool to promote the lottery?

8. What are your views on-line lottery games? Is this something the state should pursue?

9. How can the state ensure that its pursuit of revenue does not conflict with its responsibility to protect the public from the negative effects of gambling?

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