Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mass. State Sen. Dick Moore puts the ASS in Massachusetts

Yesterday, I was half joking that some dumbass will pass a law to ban Registered Persons from winning the lottery. Well, it didn't take long for a dumbass to volunteer. Say hello to Richard T. "Dick" Moore. With a name like Dick, you know he was destined for Shiitake greatness. It is sad to see FloriDUH logic spread to the liberal states. At any rate, Moore has determined that because one registered citizen used lottery winnings to commit crimes, the solution must be to ban registrants from collecting lottery winnings.

This guy seems to be a better fit for FloriDUH than Massachusetts.

It seems Moore doesn't care much for the US Constitution, either.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140319/NEWS/303199953/1052&Template=printart

Lawmaker wants to ban sex offenders from lottery winnings

$10M WINNER FROM UXBRIDGE CHARGED

By Brian Lee TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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UXBRIDGE — A veteran lawmaker said Tuesday he is working on a bill that would ban convicted sex offenders from payouts by the state lottery. 

State Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, was reacting to the recent arrest of a convicted Level 3 sex offender in his hometown...

Beth Bresnahan, executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, said the agency isn't a regulatory authority, nor does it have the legal authority to withhold a payment from a prizewinner who is holding a valid ticket. 

Winnings could be ordered withheld through a court order or "intervention" by a regulatory agency such as the Internal Revenue Service or Department of Revenue, she said. 

In a letter Tuesday to Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, state Treasurer Steven Grossman volunteered the full resources, technical expertise and cooperation of lottery staff to legislators as they contemplate changes to the law. 

"Clearly, Mr. Snay's case is one case too many, and I strongly endorse any effort to ensure that lottery winnings are not used to support criminal activities or threaten the safety and well-being of others," said Mr. Grossman, chairman of the lottery commission. 

Mr. Moore said, "The crime itself is reprehensible" and it appears wrong that a person with Mr. Snay's past should be able to profit from the lottery. 

Worse, the police believe he used some of the money to perpetrate the crimes for which he was recently arrested, Mr. Moore said. 

Mr. Moore said he is unsure whether his proposal would apply only to Level 3 sex offenders, whom the state Sex Offender Registry Board deems have the highest risk of re-offending. 

The money, Mr. Moore suggested, could be withheld and donated to a fund for victims. 

"Whenever (a sexual offense) happens, the victims of sex crimes need certainly a lot of counseling and other assistance," Mr. Moore said. "And if someone is benefiting from the state lottery, we ought to be able to access that money to help pay some of the bills of people who have been hurt." 

Asked about potential ramifications on civil liberties, Mr. Moore acknowledged he was "sure the (American Civil Liberties Union) wouldn't like it." 

But it is not unchartered territory: The lottery winnings of those who owe taxes or child support are already tapped, Mr. Moore said. 

ACLU of Massachusetts spokesman Christopher Ott said the organization would want to first see the proposed bill before weighing in.

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