An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations Reporting Requirements
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §372, sub-§2, ¶H, as amended by PL 1991, c. 780, Pt. Y, §109, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §372, sub-§2, ¶I, as amended by PL 2003, c. 673, Pt. MM, §1, is further amended to read:
Any final agreement entered into with a multijurisdictional lottery association must provide that the director has the authority to terminate the agreement upon the provision of reasonable notice, not to exceed 6 months. The final agreement must further provide that the director may terminate the agreement at any time, without prior notice, in the event that the director's authority is withdrawn or limited by law; and
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA §372, sub-§2, ¶J, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 780, Pt. Y, §112, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA §372, sub-§2, ¶K is enacted to read:
(1) A list of the decisions made by the commission and resulting actions for the preceding calendar year relevant to lottery operations;
(2) A complete statement of lottery revenues, prize disbursements and expenses and appropriations from the General Fund, if any, for the preceding calendar year;
(3) A 5-year history of the account used to manage lottery operations, which must include the amount of revenues deposited into the State Lottery Fund and the amounts transferred to the General Fund;
(4) A detailed statement of the expenditures made to promote lottery sales through marketing, advertising and recruitment of agents for the preceding calendar year;
(5) A description of the lottery marketing and advertising activities for the preceding calendar year. The description must identify each radio station and television station, if any, that broadcast or distributed the advertising;
(6) For each radio station and television station identified pursuant to subparagraph (5), the format of advertising activity and amount of the expenditures for the preceding calendar year associated with each station; and
(7) Any recommendations for changes to this chapter.
Sec. 5. 28-A MRSA §83-B, sub-§11, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 476, Pt. A, §9, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 28-A MRSA §83-C, sub-§7, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 476, Pt. A, §9, is amended to read:
Sec. 7. 28-A MRSA §84, sub-§5, as amended by PL 2015, c. 430, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 8. 28-A MRSA §84, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 430, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 9. 28-A MRSA §84, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
This bill implements recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee based on the report on the Maine State Lottery issued by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability in April 2017. The bill removes a provision of law that requires the Director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to certify certain financial information related to lottery operations to the Treasurer of State monthly. The bill modifies the director's annual reporting requirements related to lottery operations. It requires the director to submit an annual report to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over lottery matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The report must include specific information on lottery activities and finances and marketing and advertising efforts and a listing of decisions made by the State Liquor and Lottery Commission and actions taken as a result.
The bill also amends several provisions related to monthly certification and annual reporting requirements related to administration of the State's spirits business and the bureau's oversight of the manufacture, distribution and sale of liquor in the State to make them consistent with the bill's proposed requirements for lottery operations reporting. Finally, the bill authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over lottery and alcoholic beverage matters to submit legislation based on the reports required to be submitted by the director.