As the expanding Connecticut bill heads to Gov. Lamont’s office, but some fear this is a bad bet
HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – The Bill to expand online gaming and sports betting in Connecticut passed in the State Senate on Tuesday night and is now heading to the governor’s office. He is expected to sign it within the next 24 hours, but some fear it is a bad bet.
Governor Lamont told News 8: “We want to get things done. We want this to go to the Office of Indian Affairs for approval as quickly as possible. Football season is coming in a few months, so let’s get going.
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Landmark legislation passed the state Senate around midnight Tuesday night. Several lawmakers voted against the deal.
State Senator Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) said, “We have seen gambling addiction increase exponentially, not incrementally, but exponentially.”
He voted against the expansion of gambling in our state, concerned about the social impact.
“For all of us who know candy, you can literally put a dollar denomination in it and it’s playful,” Hwang added.
State Senator Cathy Osten, a Democrat from Sprague, where the district encompasses the two casinos, says there are technological guarantees: “The platforms themselves keep track of a lot of different things.
The bill which, passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and the House, is now heading to the governor’s office. He’s supposed to sign it.
The tribal leaders of the two casinos in the state are happy. “We texted each other last night,” Osten said with a laugh.
Mohegan Tribe President James Gessner said, “By modernizing our gaming industry in this way, Connecticut will keep pace with neighboring states, protecting Connecticut jobs and generating tax revenue.”
Mashantucket Pequots President Rodney Butler adds that this is “another milestone in what has been a long journey.”
The tribes informed the Home Office and the Office of Indian Affairs every step of the way. The amendment to their pact must be approved by the federal government.
Senator Osten is optimistic: “The Home Secretary herself is Native American and this is something that will happen quite quickly.”
The 10-year deal includes nearly $ 300 million in tax revenue over time. Online games, sports betting and fantasy sports will be regulated by the state. The CT Lottery will open 15 locations for customers to place a bet, including one in Hartford and one in Bridgeport.
They could team up with exclusive off-piste betting operator Sportech – which is delaying a lawsuit. Telling News 8, “Sportech and the administration negotiated … without judicial intervention.”
East Windsor lawmakers also voted against the deal. They were supposed to have a casino, but that’s out of the question now. A bet that did not pay off.
State Senator Hwang fears for the future: “Here we are stubbornly entering a new environment because everyone else is.
The Capitol leaders’ best prediction is that you will be able to place a bet on your phone before Labor Day.