Conn. lawmakers to hold hearing on new keno game

Keno game from Massachusetts. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative committee wants a public discussion on whether Connecticut should continue with plans to allow the gambling game keno.

The General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on Thursday raised a bill that could ultimately repeal plans for the game, which was included last year in the two-year state budget as a way to generate revenue. A public hearing will eventually be held on the legislation, which has yet to be drafted.

The committee’s move came a day after Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said he would work to repeal the implementation of keno.

Rep. Stephen Dargan, the committee’s co-chairman, said lawmakers raised a keno-related bill because of the interest from Sharkey and others in scrapping keno, and also because there was no public hearing last year on the proposal.

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