Attorney General Kathleen Kane's rejection of Gov. Corbett's attempt to privatize the state lottery risks being seen as a product of the partisan politics that subsume all good sense in Harrisburg.
But the Republican governor's questionable handling of the matter raised legitimate legal and policy questions long before the state's first elected Democratic attorney general came to town. Kane has done Pennsylvanians a service by standing in the way of Corbett's headlong, heedless quest to boost state gambling profits.
Kane, whose office reviews all state contracts, announced last week that the Corbett administration's agreement with the British lottery-management firm Camelot Global Services was illegal. She said it infringes on the legislature's authority over the lottery, expands gambling in ways not authorized by lawmakers, and would allow the company to claim certain expenses prohibited by the state constitution.