House Speaker Richard Corcoran's next target: Florida Lottery
House Speaker Richard Corcoran has demanded extensive financial records from colleges, universities and tourism and economic development boards. He refused to pay "outrageous" legal fees to a state agency. He threatened to sue the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. He planned to impeach a circuit judge.
Here's the latest. Corcoran plans to file a lawsuit against the Florida Lottery for signing a long-term contract for online games, including a new smartphone app, that costs nearly $700 million but would bind future legislatures, which Corcoran considers a violation of state law. If Corcoran succeeds, the contract would be thrown out and the Lottery would have to bid it all over again.
There's no comment yet from the speaker's office, but the Times/Herald has learned that a lawsuit could be filed as early as Thursday. The start of the 2017 legislative session is three weeks away, and the speaker of the House is planning to sue a state agency under the control of Gov. Rick Scott.
Because the Lottery is a state agency, a lawsuit will be seen as another frontal assault by Corcoran on Scott, who appoints the Lottery director. Here's the news release saying the Lottery inked a contract with International Game Technology (IGT) to provide games for a 13-year period through 2031.
"We are in the business to sell tickets and generate money for education," said Connie Barnes, a Lottery spokeswoman, when the IGT deal was announced last September.