New Gambling Legislation Expected in Connecticut
Connecticut's state legislature begins its regular session on February 5. Here's hoping it won't be as disappointing as it was last year when bills for the legalization of sports betting and marijuana failed. In last week's Face the State on channel 3, Democratic State Rep. Matt Ritter and Republican State Rep. Dave Yaccarino addressed both issues. They said that there's bipartisan support for legalizing sports betting. There is however an additional challenge: the gaming compact between the state and the Mohegan and Pequot tribes. The tribes argue that the compact grants them exclusive gaming rights. Gov. Lamont would thus have to renegotiate the compacts if the state decides to legalize sports betting and open it up to non-tribal entities.
In advance of the legislative session, some lawmakers proposed a bill that would grant the tribes exclusivity on sports betting but also allow a casino to be opened in Bridgeport. Gov. Lamont favors legalizing sports betting but reportedly does not support the proposed bill. Bills often go through several re-writes and amendments in the legislative process. Let's home they figure this one out.