Connecticut is close to a deal with the tribes over rights to sports betting.
There is no small amount of disagreement over whether Connecticut should allow the game of chance Keno to be offered by the Connecticut Lottery Corporation in restaurants, bars, and convenience stores. There were dozens of witnesses addressing the issue (H.B. 7054) at a recent hearing, calling the idea everything from a good source of money for education to a regressive and harmful game that preys on low-income residents. Here are some examples.
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was noncommittal Tuesday about a proposed expansion of gaming in Connecticut, it drew support from business, labor and municipal leaders.
Keno, the unwanted child of Connecticut politics, vilified by gambling opponents and publicly defended by no major political figure, improbably remains alive as the General Assembly begins the last two weeks of the 2014 session.
In the oddly one-sided debate over whether to stop the Connecticut Lottery Corp. from launching keno, the Lottery seems to have finally found its voice, perhaps inspired by its old marketing slogan: “You can’t win, if you don’t play.”
The majority leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly Wednesday said they support repealing Keno, a bingo-style gambling game that lawmakers approved last year when facing a deficit to generate new revenue.
The Connecticut Lottery took a step Thursday toward bringing keno to bars, restaurants and other outlets next year, while legislators in Hartford began a study of the feasibility of introducing video slots to pari-mutuel facilities in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks.