Topic:
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMS. COMMITTEE; CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION; APPOINTMENT TO OFFICE; STATE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS; QUASI-PUBLIC AGENCIES;
Location:
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE;

OLR Research Report


March 17, 2008

 

2008-R-0225

QUESTIONS FOR CLC NOMINEE

By: Veronica Rose, Principal Analyst

Gerald Barrett, Legislative Fellow

THE CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION (CLC) (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 appoint six. The state treasurer and Office of Policy and Management director serve as ex-officio members.

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

• Directors may be removed by court order for misfeasance, malfeasance, or willful neglect of duty and become ineligible for reappointment.

QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEE

1. What would you consider the optimum level of legislative oversight for the corporation?

2. Given sufficient personnel and resources, what initiatives would you most like the agency to take on in the future?

3. (NEW) Do you believe the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos benefit CLC by bringing more gambling dollars into the state, or do you believe they take gambling dollars away from the lottery?

4. (NEW) Can you suggest any collaborative venture that the state could enter into with the casinos to enhance lottery sales and revenue?

5. (NEW) How do you believe the current mortgage crisis and the growing level of consumer and personal debt will affect lottery sales and revenue in the next few years?

6. (NEW) How would you rate the state's decision to introduce “Powerball” to Connecticut?

7. The corporation is charged with (1) operating and managing the lottery in an entrepreneurial and business-like manner, (2) increasing lottery revenue, and (3) operating the lottery with integrity and for the public good. Do you see any tension between these goals? Are they all achievable or must some be subordinated to others?

8. Some gambling critics contend that the state has exceeded its “modest” objective to use the lottery to raise money for public services and instead is using it to promote large-scale gambling through widespread advertising and placement of lottery terminals in neighborhood stores. Is this a reasonable assessment of the situation, and how should the state address it?

9. The lottery is frequently criticized as targeting the poor who spend a disproportionate amount of their income buying lottery tickets. Is this criticism justified?

10. (NEW) With regard to compulsive gambling, how do you counter arguments that in promoting lotteries, the state undermines the policies and programs it offers to deal with mental health issues, including compulsive gambling?

11. 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?

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