House OKs bill to expand off-track betting and third casino

HARTFORD -- The Connecticut House has approved a bill that was crafted to garner more support for another bill authorizing a tribal casino in East Windsor.

Lawmakers voted 77-72 early Wednesday morning in favor of the proposal, which expands the number of off-track betting locations across the state and requires the Department of Consumer Protection to set up a framework for possible sports betting. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate.

The General Assembly will adjourn its regular session at midnight Wednesday.

The bill, reached at the eleventh-hour Tuesday, also creates an entertainment sharing agreement between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and entertainment venues across the state.

Some lawmakers complained they knew little about the legislation, saying it could have major impacts on communities.