Texas Lottery

The TLC Is Being Reviewed
By The Sunset Commission ...
Players Should Speak Up Now!

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Originally Posted: April 22, 2002
Updated: August 27, 2002
(The "update" is posted at bottom of this page)

The Texas Lottery sent out the following email on April 22, 2002
to those who signed up to receive information and to those who were willing
to participate in the TLC's research. I have been aware of the Sunset review and
was planning to post this information so ya'll could contact them if you wanted.
The purpose of the review is not to take personal complaints about the TLC,
but to take comments about the agency as a whole. So, keep this in mind
when & if you contact the Sunset Commission.

I'm planning to turn everything I have over to the Sunset Commission
so they can relay the TLC's practices to our legislators. This is the perfect
opportunity for us to voice our concerns about the unclaimed prize monies not being
returned to players, to voice our concerns about the non-disclosure of pertinent
game data and the fact that we, as consumers, are not protected from wrongdoings
(false advertising) of the TLC like the private industry is governed. I don't know
if the Sunset Commission could help us regarding our complaints that the
TLC does not listen to its players (customers). Of course, it's worth a try. What will
be interesting is to see if the TLC issues a press release about this review and
how they post this data on their web site to "really" inform players.

An important tidbit ... Normally, the Sunset Advisory Commission
reviews state agencies every 12 years ... but they are reviewing the
TLC at only 10 years ... we are being heard.

Anyway, read on ...

Sunset Review of the Texas Lottery Commission

The mission and performance of the Texas Lottery Commission is currently being reviewed by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Sunset Act provides that a group of eight legislators and two public members, the Sunset Commission, must periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is needed, is effective, and if tax dollars are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides what changes are needed to improve an agency's effectiveness and efficiency.

The Sunset review involves three steps. First, staff of the Sunset Commission will evaluate the Texas Lottery Commission and issue a report recommending solutions and opportunities. The Sunset Commission then meets to hear public testimony (Sept. 25 & Sept. 26) on the operations of the Texas Lottery Commission as well as the recommendations contained in the Sunset staff report. Based on public input and the staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when they convene in January 2003.

Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the Texas Lottery Commission can be strengthened. If you would like to share your ideas about the agency, or want more information on the Sunset process, please contact Karen Latta of the Sunset Commission staff at:

Sunset Advisory Commission

P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: 512/463-1300
Fax: 512/463-0705
Sunadmin@sunset.state.tx.us

Additional information can be found at: http://www.sunset.state.tx.us

- Update -

The Sunset Advisory Commission has completed their report of the Texas Lottery. For those of you who would like to read this 118 page report, just click here (pdf - warning, because of the size of this report, it takes a few minutes to come up on your screen - just be patient.)

I, too, have prepared a report that I intend to make public during the week of Sept. 23, 2002. That is when the Sunset Commission will meet to hear public testimony (Sept. 25 & Sept. 26) on the operations of the Texas Lottery Commission as well as the recommendations contained in the Sunset staff report. Based on public input, of which I plan to testify, and the staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when they convene in January 2003.

Maybe, by speaking to these folks, our words will not fall upon deaf ears and our legislators WILL listen to the people of Texas and provide us with fun and fair games to play.

 

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