Connecticut lawmakers file sports betting and igaming bill

The bill has the backing of 17 lawmakers.
The bill has the backing of 17 lawmakers.

Senate Bill 146 would allow the state’s two tribal casinos to offer sports betting and the state lottery to conduct online sales and keno.

US.- A group of lawmakers in Connecticut have filed a sports betting and igaming bill with the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security.

Senate Bill 146, named “An Act Authorizing Sports Wagering”, would allow the state’s two tribal casinos to offer both online and brick-and-mortar sports betting.

It would also permit the Connecticut Lottery to sell tickets online and offer keno.

The bill has the backing of 17 lawmakers across both major parties and both legislative houses.

Its passing would be a big win for the tribes themselves as well as their sportsbook parners.

DraftKings currently has a deal to run betting for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, while Kambi has a deal with Mohegan.

The state would collect tax revenues on the activities but a rate has not been defined in the bill.

The introduction of the bill follows the vocal support of Governor Ned Lamont, who earlier this month said that Connecticut should work with neighbouring states and tribes to develop legal sports betting and igaming markets.

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