Lamont eyes sports betting revenues to help seniors

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont has proposed spending proceeds from legalized sports betting to restore a local property credit program for elderly homeowners.

While Connecticut has not yet passed legislation allowing sports betting, Lamont promised Wednesday “we’re going to get that passed, we’re going to pass that early” if he’s elected.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had planned on a special legislative session to take up legalization, but dropped the idea, citing resistance among state lawmakers.

Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski has said Connecticut needs to look further at sports betting. Independent candidate Oz Griebel has said he’d try to negotiate a deal with the state’s two federally recognized tribes that would allow sports betting.

Lamont also called for expanded home care for seniors and paid family and medical leave.