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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 9, 2017 09:52 AM
From: Representative Stephen Kinsey
To: All House members
Subject: State Lottery Law
In the near future, I will reintroduce legislation amending the State Lottery Law, to give the Secretary of Revenue the authority to withhold lottery prizes won by convicted sex offenders.

Under this legislation, the Secretary of Revenue is authorized to withhold lottery prize winnings if it is determined that the prize winner is subject to registration has a sex offender and is delinquent in paying restitution, reparations, fees, costs, fines or penalties. This would include jackpot prize winnings, annuity prize winnings or other lottery prize of at least $2500. In those cases, the Secretary would be authorized to withhold prize winnings for a six-month period and may forward prize winnings to the court or other issuing authority for credit to the person’s outstanding or unpaid restitution, fines and costs and other court-ordered financial obligations. Prize winnings could be released before the expiration of the six-month period only if the offender would provide documentation from the court verifying that all court-ordered obligations have been fully paid.

Finally, the legislation provides that any winnings remaining after payment of court-ordered obligations would be released by the Secretary. Court-ordered obligations would include all restitution, reparations, fees, costs, fines, and penalties imposed at sentencing.

This legislation was offered last session as former HB 1243. Prior co-sponsors included J. Harris, Millard, Rozzi, Schreiber, Pashinski, D. Costa, Murt, Donatucci and Youngblood.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1735