Legislative committee refuses to OK lottery ad contract UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Legislative committee refuses to OK lottery ad contract UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 10:17 AM

click to enlarge SEN. JIMMY HICKEY: Leads disapproval of lottery ad contract.
  • SEN. JIMMY HICKEY: Leads disapproval of lottery ad contract.
The review subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee this morning failed to "review," or approve, the $34.5 million contract with CJRW to take over the Arkansas Lottery's marketing, which had been held by Mangan Holcomb.

I only have word of the vote by the committee whose members include Sen. Jimmy Hickey, who's taken something of a proprietary interest in lottery matters. He helped put in place a consultant, Camelot, that among other things has said that the lottery's main competitor was casino gambling, conducted in Arkansas at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland in West Memphis.

I'm seeking more info, but I'm told Hickey led questioning this morning and made the motion against review. It was approved on a voice vote.

Challenges to a change to CJRW were mounted by Mangan and another firm because the process failed to take into account a potential conflict of interest in CJRW's representation of both Oaklawn and the lottery. Those challenges were rejected earlier this month.

What now? That's the great question. The Hutchinson administration has bridled at past legislative efforts to control executive agency contracting. The lottery falls under Hutchinson's Finance and Administration Department these days. There have even been suggestions that the governor might go to court someday to resolve the issue of how absolute legislative review is under terms of a fairly new constitutional amendment that expanded legislative review power. Even in one-party government, things can get interesting. Hickey is also a Republican. CJRW's executives include Gary Heathcott, who handled the governor's campaign advertising. Since Hutchinson took office it has picked up state economic development business and still holds the parks and tourism account.

I'm checking, but I think the full Joint Budget Committee gets next crack at the issue, which today was before its PEER/Review subcommittee.

Kyle Massey of Arkansas Business, who's been covering this like the dew (his background here), said the negative vote came despite an agreement by CJRW to cut its ad placement commission from 15 percent to 13 percent. Bishop Woosley, the lottery director, said that cut would put CJRW in line with Mangan in terms of pay as a percentage of budget.

A spokesman for ADFA said it hasn't decided what the next step will be.

UPDATE: Joint Budget accepted the PEER/Review subcommittee's report that it had not approved the contract. But, by voice vote, it also sent the contract BACK to PEER/Review. Discussion didn't reveal what that was about, but presumably it creates an opportunity for further discussion.

More reporting today from Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arkansas voter information for sale on 'dark web'

    Any worry about Kris Kobach's misuse of Arkansas voter information sent to his "election integrity" commission yesterday by Secretary of State Mark Martin is to some degree irrelevant. The data is already for sale cheap, on the "dark web," Mother Jones reports.
    • Jul 28, 2017
  • Recommendations made for sale of Woodruff and Franklin schools

    Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore released Thursday his recommendations for sale of the closed Franklin and Woodruff schools to a health clinic and apartment development, respectively.
    • Jul 28, 2017
  • LR's 35th homicide on Col. Glenn; another dead in NLR

    A 31-year-old man was fatally shot Thursday night at the Big Country Chateau Apartments on Col. Glenn Avenue just west of University Avenue. It was the city's 35th homicide of 2017. North Little Rock also reported a homicide early Friday.
    • Jul 28, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Federal judge wants John Goodson to explain class action maneuvering

    A show-cause order filed Monday by federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith indicates class action attorney John Goodson has some explaining to do about the move of a class action complaint against an insurance company from federal to state court with an instant pre-packaged settlement that has been criticized as a windfall for Goodson.
    • Dec 22, 2015
  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • Judge Griffen: Why black lives matter

    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation