- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Legislation is being proposed that would authorize video slot machines at many of Connecticut’s off-track-betting facilities.

It’s among 10 bills scheduled for a public hearing Thursday in the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1uWS0gx ) that the bill, proposed by Rep. Peggy Sayers, D-Windsor Locks, would allow slots at OTB facilities within five miles of Interstates 91 or 95.

In an agreement with the state, the Mashantucket Pequots, who operate Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the Mohegan Sun have the exclusive right to operate slots in Connecticut.

Sayers’ bill is intended to blunt the loss of revenue that could result from a rising number of casinos in neighboring states. A casino planned for Springfield, Massachusetts, not far from Connecticut’s northern border, poses the most immediate threat to Connecticut’s casinos.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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