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Corcoran Wins Lottery Lawsuit

Credit Florida Lottery

House Speaker Richard Corcoran has prevailed in his lawsuit against the Florida lottery. A judge sided with the House over whether the agency violated state laws in awarding a contract.

Corcoran called out the lottery last month for signing a long-term contract with a company to provide new machines by splitting revenues from ticket sales—a move beyond the lottery’s legal spending authority.  

The speaker argued the agency did not have the authority to allocate dollars beyond what the legislature says it can. And Tuesday, a Leon County judge agreed. Second Judicial Circuit Judge Karen Gievers says the lottery acted outside its legislative authority in awarding the contract. The lawsuit was aimed at establishing what, if any authority the lottery had in making such large contracts.

Corcoran has been challenging the way state government works, attempting to reign in what he sees as organizations overstepping their boundaries and spending money they don’t have.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas. She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.
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