HARTFORD (AP) - A top Democratic leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives says itâ€™s crucial the state enact legalized sports betting this during this yearâ€™s legislative session.
House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said Wednesday thereâ€™s a â€śsense of urgencyâ€ť to pass a bill and how â€śitâ€™s silly that we donâ€™t haveâ€ť 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 stateâ€™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.