Keno In Massachusetts

Keno has been available to Massachusetts residents for about 20 years; the legislature and governor are considering bringing the game to Connecticut. (Richard Messina / Hartford Courant / June 1, 2009)

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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Should the state legalize Keno?

    • Yes. Three states that abut us have it. It could bring in millions to the state treasury to finance good stuff like schools and roads.
    • No. It's highly addictive -- video crack, it's been called. This state has enough problems with problem gamblers. And gambling isn't economic development. Connecticut needs new business, but this isn't it.
  • Topics
  • Executive Branch
  • Dannel Malloy
  • M. Jodi Rell

The state House of Representatives has voted for a state budget that includes the introduction of  Keno, described as electronic bingo. The budget bill would authorize 600 Keno lottery terminals in Connecticut. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York have legalized Keno. Should Connecticut do so as well? Democratic lawmakers rejected the idea when Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell suggested it. Now, with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, they’re more open to it. What’s your view?

NEWS AND VIEWS

Malloy, Democrats: Keno Is Back On The Table
Hartford Courant, May 30

House GOP Leader Blasts Democratic Plan For Keno
Hartford Courant, May 30

Critics Challenge New Gambling Initiatives
Hartford Courant, June 3

Englehart: Place Your Bet
Bob Englehart blog, Hartford Courant, June 4