A Senate bill keeping lottery winner names a temporary secret passes its first test in the House. The Commerce committee unanimously O.K.d the bill Wednesday keeping winners anonymous for 90 days. Senator John Kavanagh says the 90 day buffer will allow the newly rich to organize their

affairs in peace without being hounded by family or financial advisors,  or threatened by criminals intent on robbery.

Kavanagh’s original measure introduced in an earlier session had called for lifetime confidentiality but opponents argued that would’ve created transparency problems.

Two committee Democrats voted “yes” although they didn’t get their wish to reduce the period of anonymity to 45 days. No one testified against the bill. The measure will be evaluated for its constitutionality before moving on to the House floor.

Kavanagh’s original measure introduced in an earlier session had called for lifetime confidentiality but opponents argued that would’ve created transparency problems.

—Barbara Villa

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