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Clock Ticking For Corcoran's Lottery Challenge

Florida Lottery

Negotiations are continuing between the Florida Lottery and the Florida House in Speaker Richard Corcoran’s challenge to a 700-million-dollar contract with International Game Technology. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking toward a court-imposed, August 31st deadline.

Corcoran contends the Lottery violated the Legislature’s power of the purse when it awarded a 15-year contract to IGT.

In March, Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers agreed with Corcoran and invalidated the contract.

The case is on hold while both sides try to work out a deal, but the First District Court of Appeal wants a progress report by the end of the month to see if further proceedings are necessary.

Lottery attorney Barry Richard says he’s ready to file the appeal brief if a deal isn’t reached.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.