Malloy says special session on sports betting now on hold
Aug. 22, 2018
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says a planned special legislative session to take up legalized sports betting appears unlikely because there's resistance among Connecticut legislators to discuss the issue now.
The Democrat told reporters Wednesday that his administration was "within days" of reaching an agreement with the state's two federally recognized tribes about three weeks ago. But he says those talks have been put on hold, saying he doesn't "see a reason to go further at this point."
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. But Connecticut must be careful not to legalize something that would risk its revenue-sharing agreement with the tribes, who own two southeastern Connecticut casinos.
While Malloy blamed legislative Republicans for the holdup, lawmakers say there's bipartisan opposition.