Senate Bill No. 817

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An act to amend Section 8880.30 of the Government Code, relating to the California State Lottery, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

[Approved by Governor August 26, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State August 26, 2013.]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 817, Committee on Governmental Organization. California State Lottery: drawings.

The California State Lottery Act of 1984, an initiative measure, authorizes the California State Lottery and provides for its operation and administration by the California State Lottery Commission and the Director of the California State Lottery, with certain limitations. The act requires that, except for computer automated drawings, drawings shall be witnessed by an independent lottery contractor, and that any equipment used in the drawings be inspected by the independent lottery contractor and an employee of the lottery both before and after the drawings.

This bill would permit the independent lottery contractor to witness drawings in person or via live audio and video feed, and the equipment used in the drawings to be inspected in person or via live audio and video feed by the independent lottery contractor and an employee of the Lottery both before and after the drawings.

The California State Lottery Act of 1984 provides that none of its provisions may be changed except to further its purpose by a bill passed by a 23 vote of each house of the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

This bill would declare that its provisions further the purposes of the act.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1.  

Section 8880.30 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8880.30.  

The commission shall promulgate regulations that specify the method for determining winners in each lottery game, provided:

(a) A lottery game may be based on the results of a horse race with the consent of the association conducting the race and the California Horse Racing Board. Any compensation received by an association for the use of its races to determine the winners of a lottery game shall be divided equally between commissions and purses.

(b) If a lottery game utilizes a drawing of winning numbers, a drawing among entries, or a drawing among finalists, the drawings shall always be open to the public. No manual or physical selection in the drawings shall be conducted by any employee of the Lottery. Except for computer automated drawings, drawings shall be witnessed in person or via live audio and video feed by an independent lottery contractor having qualifications established by the commission. Any equipment used in the drawings shall be inspected in person or via live audio and video feed by the independent lottery contractor and an employee of the Lottery both before and after the drawings. The drawings and the inspections shall be both audio and video recorded.

(c) It is the intent of this chapter that the commission may use any of a variety of existing or future methods or technologies in determining winners.

SEC. 2.  

The Legislature finds and declares that this act furthers the purpose of the California State Lottery Act of 1984, enacted by Proposition 37 at the November 6, 1984, general election.

SEC. 3.  

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

In order to adequately regulate the lawful conduct of out-of-state lottery games that the state currently participates in, and the conduct of additional lottery games the state anticipates, in the near future, to participate in, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.



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