Connecticut Lawmakers Propose Bill to Expand Gambling
Connecticut bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to bring a third casino and legal sports betting venue to the state.
Since 1986, the state’s gambling has been limited to tribal gaming which permitted the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot to launch casino resorts on their reservations.
Senator Cathy Osten published the bill “An Act Concerning Jobs In and Revenue From the Gaming Industry” on July 31 which requires the tribes to invest $100 million in the third casino in Bridgeport. Osten said that the bill was the solution for maximizing “the number of jobs and the amount of revenue.”
In return, the state would allow the Native American groups to launch sportsbooks and digital gambling at Uncasville-based Mohegan Sun and Ledyard-based Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The gambling operators are supportive of Osten’s legislation, stating that it “takes us one step closer toward preserving the historic partnership with the state.”
However, Governor Ned Lamont’s office claimed they received the bill only last week, maintaining that “a matter of such significance requires substantial involvement from multiple stakeholders, in particular the executive branch.”
If passed, the bill would tax sports wagering at 8% and digital gambling at 10%.