House Transportation Bill Promotes A New Roadside Attraction: Lottery Machines

Source: Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, February 14, 2012

A little-noticed provision of the House transportation bill would allow states to privatize interstate rest areas, open them up to advertisers, and let them sell a variety of goods “serving the traveling public” — which under the bill’s definition, includes lottery machines….Privatizing rest stops has long been a goal of of free-market think tanks and rest stop concession operators, who say it would take a financial burden off states and open up more convenient options for travelers. Federal law, however, prohibits states from doing so on federally-funded rest stops that were created after 1960. Commercialized stops along older roads, such as I-95 plazas in Delaware, were grandfathered in under the legislation.

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