Georgia bill would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — for a price

Georgia bill would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — for a price

The Georgia Senate’s upper schooling committee voted in prefer Tuesday of permitting a bill to transfer ahead that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — however they would have to pay for that privateness.

Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 331, stated the regulation is geared toward protective multi-million greenback lottery winners from rip-off artists and different criminals.

“It could put you at risk,” Henson stated right through Tuesday’s committee assembly.

Henson stated 8 states have regulations that provide lottery winners whole or partial anonymity.

Committee chairman Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, stated lawmakers will have to weigh the privateness considerations Henson laid out in opposition to considerations the bill would scale back public transparency.

“There are pros and cons on both sides,” he stated.

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation has raised transparency considerations. (See Georgia crew fights to save you lottery winners from claiming anonymously, Lottery Post, Jan. 29, 2018.)

The bill would require winners in the hunt for anonymity to surrender to four p.c in their winnings to the state for officers to organize open data requests and different prices to care for confidentiality.

Lottery proceeds assist fund the state’s HOPE faculty scholarship program.

Updated: January 31, 2018 — 6:13 pm

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