Hwang hails unanimous committee vote to repeal KENO gambling

State Rep. Tony Hwang hailed a unanimous vote on H.B. 5387 by the Public Safety and Security committee to repeal the electronic bingo game KENO in Connecticut on March 11.

Hwang has been on the forefront of the repeal KENO movement since it was adopted by the governor and legislative majority without any public input last year as part of the state budget. KENO was expected to generate about $3.8 million in revenue this year and another $27 million in the following year. Those numbers have since been lowered by budget analysts to $13.5 million over two years.

“This was an ill-conceived and misguided venture to expand gambling that could adversely impact our community’s quality of life,” Hwang said. “Let’s hope this repeal bill gets swift passage in the House of Representatives and State Senate.

“While we have won a small battle on the expansion of gambling in Connecticut we must stay vigilant of other proposals being proposed which would permit slots and video gambling at the off-track betting centers in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks,” he added.

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