Lottery information shielded from release

Bills signed into law by DeSantis Tuesday relate to public records or meetings

By The News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed 17 bills into law, including a measure that spells out a public-records exemption for information that could pose a security threat to the Florida Lottery.

The lottery department already shields from release certain information about its operations, but the measure (HB 7121), sponsored by Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, makes clear in law information that is exempt from disclosure.

For example, it includes information about such things as technology and processes designed to protect lottery networks and computers.

Also, it includes information about the production, shipping and validation of lottery tickets and information about lottery terminals.

“Ensuring the security and integrity of lottery operations safeguards against players gaining an unfair advantage over other players and enables the department to operate in a manner consistent with the dignity of the state lottery,” the bill says. “If such security information were made available to the public, the integrity and efficiency of the lottery would be jeopardized and the effective and efficient administration of the lottery would be significantly impaired.”

All 17 bills signed by DeSantis related to public records or meetings, with many involving extensions of already-existing laws.

News Service of Florida