Lawmakers to hear slot proposal for off-track betting facilities

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Public Safety and Security Committee will hear public testimony Thursday on a proposal to allow slot machines at existing off-track betting facilities located within five miles of I-91 and I-95.

The bill permits video slots —  currently only allowed at the state’s tribal casinos —  to be operated at certain off-track betting facilities. If the bill were to pass, the change would need to be negotiated with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, who have slot revenue-sharing agreements with the state.

Rep. Peggy Sayers, a Windsor Locks Democrat who authored the bill, said its goal is to offer Connecticut gamblers a convenient alternative to crossing state lines into nearby New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, where casinos are being built to compete with Connecticut’s.

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