Raleigh, NC -- The paperwork that's the basis of internal audits of the North Carolina Education Lottery would remain a public record in legislation clearing a House judiciary committee.
The panel Tuesday removed a provision that would have made such papers confidential. The audits remain public record.
North Carolina Press Association attorney John Bussian opposed the confidentiality provision. Such paperwork is confidential in other parts of state government, such as the University of North Carolina system, until the audit is released.
The bill largely makes technical changes sought by state lottery officials. It's the first such "clean-up" of the lottery law approved in 2005. The legislation also clarifies what information about a lottery winner is a public record.
The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.