California Lottery Funding for Schools (2010)

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A California Lottery Funding for Schools Initiative (09-0099) did not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot in California as an initiated state statute.

The "statement of purpose" submitted by sponsors said, "The purpose of tills Act is to increase the amount of lottery revenues paid to public education, to provide the public with better and more accessible information on how much money the lottery provides for schools and how schools are spending that money, and to repeal the provisions of tills Act if it does not result in increased funding for schools."

On December 10, 2009, Matthew Geyer of the law firm Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor filed a request with the Office of the California Attorney General for an official ballot title on an act that he is calling the ""Increased Lottery Funding for Schools and Lottery Public Accountability Act of 2010."

The official ballot title was provided on February 5, 2010 with a 150-day signature collection deadline of July 5, 2010.


Ballot title: Allows Greater Percentage of State Lottery Revenue to be Used for Prizes and Requires smaller Percentage to be Used for Expenses. Initiative Statute.

Official summary: Allows more than 50% of state lottery revenue to be paid in prizes. Reduces revenue allocated for operational and administrative expenses from 16% to 13%. Eliminates requirement that at least 34% of revenue go to public schools, but requires that revenues be distributed in a way "designed to maximize" the benefit to schools. Requires that this measure generate more money for schools than existing law, or existing revenue allocation laws will be restored.

Estimated fiscal impact (summary): Estimated increase of several hundred million dollars per year in lottery profits paid to public educational entities. Exact amount of lottery sales and profit growth, if any, would depend on choices by consumers and lottery officials.

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