HARTFORD – On Tuesday, May 26, the Senate adopted HB 6451 in a 28-6 vote which contains the agreement between the governor and the tribes to allow the expansion of games (online gambling and sports betting). The measure is on the verge of becoming law and is now heading to the governor’s office for signature.
Republican Pro Tempore Leader Paul Formica (R-East Lyme), whose district includes Old Lyme, issued the following statement in support of passage of the bill:
Today’s vote recognizes the state government’s long-standing partnership with tribes [who are] owners and operators of the two largest casinos in the world, and have become one of our state’s primary job providers, attracting thousands upon thousands of visitors each year.
The State of Connecticut generates over $ 260 million annually generated from slot machine revenue to support the state budget and today we have taken a significant step in enabling new revenue opportunities, the creation jobs and industry advancement in Connecticut.
Beyond income, tribes provide so much to our state through their philanthropic activities, the tens of thousands of jobs they continue to create due to their continued excellence from these two casinos, the largest in the world, located right here in eastern Connecticut.
I am happy to see members on both sides of the aisle vote to support the modernization of Connecticut operations. This agreement should serve as a beacon and a reminder of potential positive results when all parties involved work together to explore new opportunities. The result provided solutions to increase revenue streams and keep Connecticut competitive in this ever-changing world.
Investing in this new online technology and the state’s continued partnership with tribal nations will protect Connecticut jobs, support our communities, and continue to provide for all of their employees in Southeast Connecticut.