“People were emailing me, wanting to know what was going on. Frankly, I didn’t know,” says Schenck, a member in Dykema and a commissioner for the Texas Lottery Commission between 2007 and 2010.
On April 23, the Texas House of Representatives voted down H.B. 2197, the sunset bill that would reauthorize the agency that oversees the state’s lottery for another 12 years. Hours later, a subsequent vote approved the legislation.
“My expectation was that it would be a short-lived development. The lottery side of the commission creates massive revenue for public education,” Schenck says. He notes that the commission oversees lottery and bingo operations in Texas that historically produce $4 billion in state revenues and $1 billion in profit that is turned over directly to public education and other programs.
— John Council