Lawmakers in Connecticut introduce a new sports betting bill

A second sports betting bill has been introduced by a group of nine lawmakers in the state of Connecticut.

In 2017, lawmakers in Connecticut enacted a piece of legislation that covered sports betting. However, due to concerns with tribal groups and gambling expansion, the state never acted on plans for legal sports betting.

The new bill, titled S 655, is the second piece of sports betting legislation introduced in Connecticut and acts as a placeholder and does not provide many details.

The bill suggests that: “The general statutes be amended to authorize wagering on the results of certain sporting events.”

The bill’s statement of purpose reads: “To establish competitive sports wagering on certain sporting events.”

This new sports betting bill also comes after a failed attempt to legalize sports betting from last year.

The major concern when it comes to the issue of legal sports betting in Connecticut is the dispute between the state and the tribal groups that operate casinos in the state.

The tribal groups believe that they have the exclusive right to offer sports betting under the tribal-state compacts.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, two tribes that operate gambling venues in Connecticut, argue that if the state legalizes sports betting it will be a violation of the tribal-state compacts.

In April last year, Connecticut’s attorney general issued a statement where he says he disagrees with the tribal groups.

The letter states that: “because sports wagering is a Class III game under federal law and is not an authorized game under either of the respective Compacts, the Tribes would still be prohibited from conducting sports wagering on their reservations.

“Moreover, it is our opinion that if sports betting were to become lawful in Connecticut, the Tribes would not have an exclusive right under the existing Compacts and MOUs to offer it … Sports betting is not listed as an authorized game.”

The proposed sports betting bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security for further discussion.

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