Top Democrat hoping to craft gambling deal with tribes

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House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) says he’s trying to throw a “hail Mary pass” in the final days of the legislative session to reach a deal with Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes on wide-ranging gambling legislation that could include sports betting, internet gambling and a possible casino in Bridgeport.

The Democrat said Friday he has held private meetings with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, members of the Bridgeport legislative delegation and others, adding how he’s “not willing to give up on the idea” of crafting a bill that might satisfy various interests.

Aresimowicz says the odds of reaching an agreement are “better today than they were yesterday,” but acknowledged it’s an uphill battle to pass something in the current session, which ends Wednesday, or in a special legislative session.

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