It’s possible that Connecticut residents can place a bet on their phone before Labor Day, but not everyone is happy. At least a handful of lawmakers were concerned about the legislation.
“This creates the potential for increased dependency,” said Senator Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield.
Hwang voted against the legislation because it could increase the addiction potential of a whole new generation.
“You’re looking to hook up 18-25 year old men and women who are going to be influenced and who might increase the potential for gambling addiction,” Hwang said,
The legislation, which is directed at Gov. Ned Lamont’s office, would require the two tribes to contribute $ 500,000 to problem gambling. The lottery will increase its contribution to $ 3.3 million.
“It’s a meager dollar amount that seeks to deal with the potential increase in the dangers of drug addiction,” Hwang said.
Other opponents of the legislation that allows online gambling and sports betting were upset by the East Windsor Casino.
“Contract between the tribes and the state of Connecticut which will restrict any casino construction on this land for 10 years,” said Senator Saud Anwar.
Anwar, a Democrat who represents East Windsor, said the first head coach learned of the decision to ban the construction of a casino from a Facebook post.
“It’s disappointing that this doesn’t materialize. At the same time, I understand that things are changing, ”said Senator Julie Kushner, D-Danbury.
Kushner supported the bill, but is hoping the state will sort things out.
“I hope we recognize the investment that has been made by East Windsor and hope that as we move forward we will see legislation that will address this issue.
Kushner says the bill will help the economy.
“In recent years we’ve seen this industry change in the way gaming and entertainment is conducted and these changes have really had a huge impact on our state,” Kushner said.
Governor Ned Lamont said: “We want to go. We want to convey this to the Office of Indian Affairs. We want to get approval. “