HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut House has approved a bill that was crafted to garner more support for another bill authorizing a tribal casino in East Windsor.
Lawmakers voted 77-72 early this morning in favor of the proposal, which expands the number of off-track betting locations across the state and requires the Department of Consumer Protection to set up a framework for possible sports betting. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate.
The General Assembly will adjourn its regular session at midnight.
The bill, reached at the eleventh-hour Tuesday, also creates an entertainment sharing agreement between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and entertainment venues across the state.
Sportech, which runs OTB facilities in Connecticut, says it's worried about how the MGM casino will impact its venues without any remedies to protect employees. Sportech is looking to open a new OTB facility in Danbury.