Casino Study Bill Rejected In Legislative Committee

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

HARTFORD — An expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut will move forward this year without further study by the state, after a controversial bill in the legislature was voted down Thursday by the commerce committee.

In an 11-7 vote, the committee killed a bill that sought a comprehensive study of the state's gaming industry, just as plans are unfolding for a third casino in Greater Hartford. Three of the 21 committee members were absent.

"I'm disappointed," said Rep. Chris Perone, D-Norwalk, who introduced the bill and is co-chairman of the committee. "What I was trying to do was improve our understanding of how an expansion of gaming would affect our economy. I see us expanding casino gaming without doing much due diligence."

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