A rumor went around that legislative drafters of the lottery law had shared a copy with potential lottery vendors, though they've so far released only the barest outline of what they have in mind to the public.
I asked House Speaker Robbie Wills if this was true.
He said: "They weren't shown "the bill" just some language. All thought it set up a successful, fair lottery."
Well then, I asked, could I see that "language"? His response:
"You'll see everything they saw tomorrow."
If you had any doubt about the pecking order when it comes to taxpayers and lottery lobbyists, I think you now have a clear idea of who has top priority.
I mentioned earlier that the bill would have stronger ethics provisions than originally indicated. Here are details.
UPDATE: It's getting prickly. A freshman Republican called on the House floor today for a public session on the lottery bill. Said the Speaker: Motion denied.