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Connecticut needs to legalize sports betting - now

The Supreme Court’s affirmative decision last year to allow the states to decide whether or not they will permit legal sports betting set in motion swift and steady changes throughout our region.

Already Rhode Island and New Jersey have legalized sports wagering, Massachusetts is actively debating the issue.

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Five key takeaways from Tuesday’s public safety committee hearings on sports betting

Senate Democrats offered a glimpse Wednesday of how legal sports betting might work in Connecticut, announcing a bill that would establish casinos and off-track betting sites as operators of the potentially lucrative industry.

The new bill lacks details, which will be filled in at a later date, but it lends some insight into the fundamental question Connecticut lawmakers must work through as they seek to legalize sports betting: Who gets to take the wagers?

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Who could operate sports betting in Connecticut? Tribes, MGM, CT Lottery, off-track locations all angle for piece of new industry

Senate Democrats offered a glimpse Wednesday of how legal sports betting might work in Connecticut, announcing a bill that would establish casinos and off-track betting sites as operators of the potentially lucrative industry.

The new bill lacks details, which will be filled in at a later date, but it lends some insight into the fundamental question Connecticut lawmakers must work through as they seek to legalize sports betting: Who gets to take the wagers?

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Top 10 US states most likely to legalize sports betting in 2019

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional back in May, seven states (New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Mexico) have joined Nevada in offering legalized sports betting.

As we enter 2019, many other states are taking action to move toward legalizing it for themselves. Here, we look at the states that are most likely to do so within the year.

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Here are some key questions legislators face before Connecticut residents can legally bet on sports

When Connecticut’s new legislative session begins on Jan. 9, the state’s lawmakers will consider not only whether to legalize sports betting but also how that might work.

Several states (including nearby Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) have already passed and implemented sports betting legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court gave them the go-ahead last May, while Connecticut and others have been more deliberate in weighing whether to do so.

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