Pequot Tribe seeks lower gambling age, longer alcohol sales
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut wants to lower the gambling age from 21 to 18 and to extend alcohol sales at casinos.
Chairman Rodney Butler wants to talk with the governor and lawmakers about the changes. He said they will make Connecticut more competitive as gaming options increase in New England and the Northeast.
The gambling age in New York is 18 although it's 21 at some facilities, The Hartford Courant reported.
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Maybe the gambling age should be lowered so that Connecticut casinos could be more competitive with New York Casinos.
However, how do the casinos control drinking of alcohol on the gambling floor, when the drinking age is 21? This seems like it could be a logistical nightmare.
If the casinos want to be truly competitive with Atlantic City and Las Vegas, then they should be allowed by Connecticut to have drinking 24 hours a day? What do you think?