John A Kissel

Senate Approves Gambling Expansion As Session Ends Without Budget

Senate Approves Gambling Expansion As Session Ends Without Budget

With just hours left in the legislative session, the Senate granted final legislative approval Wednesday night for an expansion of gambling that includes more off-track betting sites and possible sports betting in the future.

The final day's drama marked the end of a five-month legislative session that ended with unfinished business — with the biggest being the state's budget that has a projected deficit of nearly $5 billion over the next two years. The financial challenges will be tackled in the coming weeks with a goal of reaching a budget deal by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

The last day also marked a capstone to a year of sharp disagreement on many of the major...

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