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Sports Betting Back On The Agenda In Hartford

Steven Senne
Patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., in 2019. Sports betting is expanding in the United States following a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed for it to be legalized in every state.

The Connecticut legislature will once again take up the issue of sports betting this year. A bill that will be introduced this week will try to bridge some of the concerns that caused it to be defeated last year. 

The bill from chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, Representative Joe Verrengia, would allow “sportsbook” at Connecticut’s two tribal casinos, at OTBs, and at some state lottery sites. 

Gamblers would be allowed to place bets either in-person or online.

Verrengia says his bill will separate the issue from both casino expansion and the exclusive rights of the tribes. Outside operators such as MGM would not be allowed to accept sports bets.

Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have all passed legislation that allow betting on sports.

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