Connecticut sports betting bill KO’d in state capitol

A bill seeking to legalize sports betting in Connecticut—provided the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the federal ban on the game—has been knocked out cold in the state capitol, The Hartford-Courant reported.

HB 5307, seeking to permit and regulate sports wagering in the state, was one of the nine major bills that were killed when the Connecticut 2018 legislative session ended on May 9, despite garnering an overwhelming support from gambling operators and state regulators.

The sports betting bill showed much promise when it was introduced in March along with other measures seeking to legalize fantasy sports, casino expansion and online gambling.

Lawmakers have previously expressed their support to the bill since they believe that Connecticut must put “everything in place” in the event that the Supreme Court decides to lift the federal ban on sports betting. Proponents of the sports betting bill estimated that Connecticut could cash in $6.5 million in the first year of legalized state wagering operations before growing to $9.1 million.

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