NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have introduced a bill supporting a study on the effects of gambling, the first of its kind in nearly a decade.

The Day reports the bill introduced this week would have the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development requests proposals from independent research and professional services firms. The proposals would be for a study on the impact of all forms of gambling, including the Connecticut Lottery and off-track betting.

The study would be funded with unclaimed lottery winnings.

Firms that win the contract would gauge the public's opinion on gambling and possibly recommend ways for expansion in the state.

All of the legislature's gambling-related bills will be presented at a public hearing March 8.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com