Legislative Leader Says It's Crucial To Pass Sports Betting

March 14, 2019 - 9:03 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A top Democratic leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives says it's crucial the state enact legalized sports betting this during this year's legislative session.

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said Wednesday there's a "sense of urgency" to pass a bill and how "it's silly that we don't have" sports betting yet, noting how lawmakers in neighboring Rhode Island approved it shortly after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for legalization in more states.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has been meeting privately with the state's two federally recognized tribal nations, who own and operate casinos in southeastern Connecticut.

The tribes, who hope to offer sports betting, have warned how their revenue-sharing agreement with the state could be at risk if other entities are allowed to offer sports betting.