URGENT: Now is the time!
Ask Your State Representative to vote NO on all Casino Expansion Bills AND to support two Amendments to the Bills: to allow a referendum in East Windsor AND to require a societal impact study. The CT Legislature ends on June 7, in less than 2 weeks.
As your legislative advocate, I have been working on your behalf in opposition to two bills that would expand casino gambling in Connecticut, Senate Bill (SB) 957 and House Bill (HB) 7239.
SB 957, the bill which would allow a new casino to be built in East Windsor, passed our State Senate at 12:35 AM on May 24 by a vote of 24-12. Senator Tony Hwang, our leader in the Senate issued the following statement:
SB 957 could now be voted on at any time by the House of Representatives. We are asking everyone to help us stop this bill. HB 7239 would open up a bidding process for another casino to be built somewhere other than in East Windsor. We also need your help in opposing that bill.
"This has been a David vs. Goliath fight from the beginning. The forces that want expanded gambling in Connecticut are extremely powerful. I continue to stand with a diverse coalition of religious and grassroots groups who have joined me in the fight against expansion. We are focused on the human consequences of gambling. We believe that doubling down on the gambling industry ignores the significant and heartbreaking human and societal costs which would arise from addiction. We believe that rolling the dice on casino expansion puts our state at risk for constitutional challenges by MGM or others under the equal protection clause. We continue to believe that this policy is a bad bet, because it is chasing after a limited and declining pool of resources. Our focus remains on the people whose lives have been ruined by gambling addiction. Our focus remains on preventing future addiction from taking hold and growing in our state."
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