Lottery Czar May Ask Courts to Clarify Proposal One Language

By: Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick
By: Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick

The state Lottery Czar may ask the courts for a declaratory ruling on how far the state can go in creating new gambling under the newly adopted Proposal One.

Gary Peters tells News Ten the state spends thousands of dollars to research new games, and he doesn't want to waste that money by creating a game the courts might strike down. Hence, he has asked the state attorney generals office to research a preemptive judicial ruling before any new games are developed.

However, the attorney for the anti-gaming amendment suggests the Peter's strategy is "premature and hypothetical." Mike Hodge predicts the courts would not get involved in such a request. He says the state should just go to the voters first, which was the intent of the proposal.

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