State legislators look at repealing Keno legislation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State legislators look at repealing Keno legislation

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Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said he is looking to repeal Keno legislation that was introduced into last year.

"Keno was a late addition to the budget last year as a way to help fill a budget hole, but now the revenue is not needed so I don't see a reason to go forward with it, particularly when it hasn't even started," Sharkey said during the annual conference of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.

Sharkey said Keno is an "electronic lottery-type game," was used to help balance the budget and "there was never really a groundswell of support" for it.

"It was simply a revenue option that was put on the table during budget negotiations at the time and was acceptable to the governor," Sharkey said.

Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said in a statement Wednesday that he has "never been a supporter of Keno."

"I share many of the concerns first raised by Sen. (Andrea) Stillman and now Speaker Sharkey," Williams said. "I look forward to discussing this, as the session progresses, with the members of my caucus."

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, said he "opposed the legalization of Keno from the moment it was introduced."

"It is not surprising that the governor and speaker had a change of heart shortly after a political poll found that the vast majority of Connecticut residents oppose their plan. But, regardless of their motivation, it is in Connecticut's best interest to stop Keno," McKinney said in a statement Wednesday.

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