HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Legislation is being proposed that would authorize video slot machines at many of Connecticut’s off-track-betting facilities.
It’s among 10 bills scheduled for a public hearing Thursday in the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee.
The Day of New London reports that the bill, proposed by Rep. Peggy Sayers, D-Windsor Locks, would allow slots at OTB facilities within five miles of Interstates 91 or 95. That would include the Bradley Teletheater near Bradley International Airport.
In an agreement with the state, the Mashantucket Pequots, who operate Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the Mohegan Sun have the exclusive right to operate slots in Connecticut.
Sayers’ bill is intended to blunt the loss of revenue that could result from a rising number of casinos in neighboring states.
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MGM’s planned Springfield casino, not far from Connecticut’s northern border, is believed by lawmakers to pose the most immediate threat to Connecticut’s casinos.
Mohegan Sun had previously floated the idea of a third Connecticut casino, located between Springfield and Hartford.