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Committee Chair Says State Has No Plans For Online Gambling

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By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State Rep. Stephen Dargan says there are no plans yet to offer a bill legalizing online gambling in Connecticut.

The co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee said Thursday that his committee believes they are still “in the infancy stage” of understanding the issue.

Dargan says the governor’s office has told him it also does not plan to introduce any legislation. The session opens Wednesday.

The committee is holding an informational hearing on online gambling on Thursday. It comes after the U.S. Justice Department issued an opinion in December that in-state Internet gambling does not violate federal law, prompting states to look at the possibility of legalizing online gambling.

Robert Clark, special counsel to the attorney general, said online gambling still remains an unsettled area of law.

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