Connecticut is offering a chance for people to ban themselves from virtual gambling even before it starts.
Talks over sports betting and online gaming come in an economic and political environment vastly changed since March.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s efforts to negotiate a grand bargain with the state’s two tribes about casino expansion and the legalization of sports betting have stalled.
Retired state Capitol Police Chief Bill Morgan discussed his struggles with gambling addiction Tuesday as legislators ponder several proposals to expand gaming statewide.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday his administration could have a proposal ready soon for legislative consideration on a new state system for managing and profiting from sports betting. Whether lawmakers will come back to consider it before the new legislature and governor take office in January are another matter.
The House narrowly approved a bill Friday that would authorize a study of siting a new casino in Connecticut.
With just five days left in the legislative session, a stubborn wrinkle is complicating efforts to craft a new state budget: regional politics.
The unheralded arrival of 100 electronic bingo games at the Foxwoods Resort Casino is raising concerns at the State Capitol that the casino’s owner, the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, is testing the market for gambling machines that appear to fall outside the tribe’s longstanding revenue-sharing deal with the state of Connecticut.
Not without drama, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee voted Monday to approve and send to the Senate two of the session’s most controversial bills: one affecting the profitability of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station and another permitting the first casino off tribal lands.
Today, we have two of the state’s largest employers and biggest tourist attractions willing to invest more than $300 million dollars in our state to protect 10,000 existing jobs. Connecticut, a state of 169 municipalities that have directly benefited from the billions of dollars in slot revenues contributed by the Tribes to the state’s coffers, can and must give the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes the ability to compete to protect their businesses. If Connecticut does not allow the tribes to take steps to protect their businesses and revenues, the state will lose thousands of additional jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
A proposal to expand casino gaming outside of Connecticut’s Indian reservations advanced Thursday. But while the state legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee endorsed the measure by a wide margin, it narrowly rejected an amendment that would have barred the state from offering loans, grants or other economic aid to preserve casino jobs.
If the state and Connecticut’s Indian tribes are considering opening new gaming sites, then launching Keno – a lottery-style game legislators have flirted with in recent years – must be on the table as well, the House chairman of the legislature’s revenue panel said Tuesday.