Conn. House speaker backs repeal of keno

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s House speaker says he will work to repeal the law authorizing the introduction of keno.

Democratic Rep. Brendan Sharkey of Hamden says revenue from the bingo-style game is no longer needed to help balance a state budget that now has a $500 million projected surplus.

The game found in supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, bars and restaurants in neighboring states was authorized by Connecticut’s General Assembly in June as part of a deal to balance the budget.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy said last week it was not his idea to bring keno terminals to the state and suggested he would sign a bill to repeal the legislation if one reaches his desk. A bill to repeal keno has been introduced by Sen. Andrea Stillman of Waterford.

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