Gambling bills get initial OK; more discussion expected

Gambling bills get initial OK; more discussion expected



 

HARTFORD (AP) — Bills touching on nearly every aspect of Connecticut gambling, from casinos to sports wagering, appear to have cleared their first legislative hurdle.

The Public Safety Committee approved a host of gambling-related bills Tuesday, noting the proposals remain unfinished and await negotiations underway by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. They include whether to establish a competitive bidding process for another casino and whether to allow the casino proposed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes in East Windsor to open without federal approval.

There are also bills allowing sports wagering, internet gambling and internet keno. Some proposals study side effects of legalized gambling, create a Commission on Gaming, and create more problem-gambling treatment funding

Some lawmakers say they only voted for the bills to continue the discussion. Voting ends at 5 p.m.


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