State Lawmakers Push Expansion of Video Gambling

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    Some Connecticut lawmakers are calling for an expansion of video gambling in response to growing competition in the Northeast gaming market.

    A task force is looking into bringing video gambling, such as video slot machines, to gaming halls that offer betting on simulcast races in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks.

    That would require changes to state law, which currently forbids video gambling, and the compacts with Connecticut's two tribal-owned casinos, the only places where it is allowed in the state.

    State Rep. Peggy Sayers, of Windsor Locks, said expanding local offerings could boost Connecticut businesses as proposals advance for a casino in western Massachusetts.

    Mary Drexler of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling says it is worried about potentially exposing more people to gambling.

     

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