A legislative task force looking into expanding video gambling in Connecticut is holding its first meeting Thursday.
A group of Democrat lawmakers has proposed bringing games such as video slot machines to gaming halls that offer betting on simulcast races in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks.
They have invited officials including the director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling to speak at the hearing.
Expanding video gambling would require changes to state law, which currently forbids video gambling, and the compacts with Connecticut's two tribal-owned casinos, the only places where it is allowed in the state.
Rep. Peggy Sayers, a Democrat representing Windsor Locks, has said that expanding local offerings could keep Connecticut residents from trying their luck across state lines as gaming grows across the region.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.