Governor Ned Lamont applauded a bipartisan vote in the Connecticut State Senate Tuesday night that gave final legislative approval to a bill that will legalise online gambling and sports betting in the state. If everything goes according to plan, policymakers predict a September 9 start date, just in time for the start of the NFL season.
An Act Concerning the Authorization, Licensing, and Regulation of Online Casino Gaming, Retail and Online Sports Wagering, Fantasy Contests, Keno, and Online Lottery Ticket Sales is House Bill 6451.
The measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week and will now be sent to the governor for signature, is the product of an agreement negotiated by the Lamont administration with the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe earlier this year.
Lamont has stated that he intends to sign the law within the next few days. After that, his administration and the tribes would seek approval from the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs to alter the state’s compact with the tribes.
Approval from federal agency
Before internet gambling and sports wagering can commence in the state, the federal agency must approve the amendments to the compact.
The Governor commented: “I want to congratulate and thank the Connecticut General Assembly for approving historic legislation, negotiated by my office, which modernises Connecticut’s gaming landscape.
“I also want to thank our tribal partners, the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, for their constructive and collaborative efforts, both in negotiating the agreement and working through the details of this legislation.
“This is a significant moment for our state as, for the first time, we will allow sports wagering, online casino gaming, and entry of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation into this space. I look forward to signing this legislation into law, which is in the best interests of the State of Connecticut and its citizens.”