Scott’s gambling revenue ideas face pushback – Seven Days

Raise $4 million through Keno and online sports betting? Critics say Gov. Scott’s plan faces long odds with a Legislature that just six years ago rejected the idea.

""That in itself is quite a gamble, frankly," said Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington). He would know: The last concentrated push to introduce keno — an electronic lottery game similar to bingo — landed with a "huge thud" in the legislature six years ago, the longtime legislator recalled, noting that House lawmakers have opposed other gambling expansions in recent years.

While it is too early to predict the fate of the proposals, at least part of Scott's pitch may find a receptive audience in the Senate, where Sears has cosponsored a bill to legalize sports betting. But key House leaders appear unconvinced by the governor's ideas, and influential committee chairs continue staking out positions.


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