OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5095

AN ACT CONCERNING OFF-TRACK BETTING BRANCH FACILITIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases the number of off-track betting (OTB) facilities that may operate as simulcasting facilities (i. e. , televise OTB programs), from 15 to all 18 of the currently authorized OTB facilities.

The law specifies the location of the 15 existing simulcasting facilities as follows: Bridgeport, Bristol, East Haven, Hartford, Manchester, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Putnam, Torrington, Waterbury, Windham, and Windsor Locks. The bill does not specify the location of the three additional facilities.

The bill also makes a technical change.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

OTB Facilities

By law, the location of OTB facilities and the addition of simulcasting capability are subject to approval by the Department of Consumer Protection commissioner and Gaming Policy Board and the host town's prior approval.

By law, simulcasting facilities are OTB facilities authorized to (1) provide live television coverage of OTB programs and jai alai games and (2) have restaurants, concessions, and other amenities. Other OTB facilities have bench seating, public restrooms for patrons, and monitors for OTB information.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

21

Nay

0

(03/01/2012)