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Connecticut Lawmakers Discusses Merits of Keno Expansion

On June 1st, 2009, Governor Jodi Rell of the state of Connecticut included offering the game of keno outside of tribal owned casinos and into bars and eating establishments in the state budget proposal.

The proposed budget states that the game of keno would give $20 million for Connecticut in its initial year and $60 million in the following years. Once the game is up and operational, Connecticut could borrow cash in the bond market supported by the future state revenues received from the game.

The Division of Special Revenues, which manages gaming related issue in Connecticut, believes that the game of keno is already allowed and valid under the current state gaming law although other state officials believe that keno requires new law. Keno has strong support from some legislators, but others have raised some concerns over the expansion of new forms of gaming.

Representative Stephen Dargan (Democrat-North Haven) is seeking the official opinion of state attorney general Richard Blumenthal as to whether allowing keno expansion would violate Connecticut's existing agreement with the Mohegan tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot tribe.

 

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John M. Thorpe