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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Let's play

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 4:52 PM

The Arkansas Lottery Commission met for the second time today.  Commissioners decided to set up a temporary website through the Bureau of Legislative Research, made arrangements with the Department of Finance and Administration to act as the commission's disbursement officer and set plans for a two-day planning meeting to take place this Thursday and Friday. 

The planning meeting will start at 1:00 on Thursday and go into the evening at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.  Commissioners will meet on Friday as well.  Topics on the agenda include: considerations for an executive director, budget and business planning, naming the commission (including distinguishing between the lottery commission and lottery agency), advertising, recruitment of retailers, RFP's, human resources, hiring staff, security, marketing and dispute resolution.  More on the jump.  

Commissioner Derrick Smith was elected to act as the Secretary Treasurer. Smith will approve expenditures made by the commission before sending them to DF&A for processing. Every state agency needs a disbursement officer before state funds can be expended. Since the commission will begin to incur expenses for meetings and because they haven't hired any permanent staff yet, DF&A will act as the commission's disbusement officer until the commission hires their own. The commission also passed a resolution that would authorize expense reimbursement for commissioners, which every state board is allowed to do. Commission Ray Thornton reiterated over and over that the dealings of the commission were and would be completely transparent.

Commissioners also talked about freedom of information issues board members would likely have to deal with.  Representatives from the attorney general's office were there to provide legal guidance.  Warren Readnour, Senior Assistant Attorney General told commissioners about the process of giving public notice for meetings.  He also said that if two commissioners were to see eachother at a football game and talk about commission business, that would be against the law. 

Commissioner Derrick Smith gave a presentation on the pros and cons of taking out a liability insurance policy to protect the commission from actions (either on the part of the commissioners, vendors or retailers) that would result in a loss of state money. The commission was not ready to take up the issue at today's meeting.  However, Smith said he did not know if the move would be necessary since it appears as though all the risks would be covered legally by the state and most state agencies have not seen the need to take out extra insurance policies. 

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