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Casino construction authorization bill in preparation - Connecticut

The Senate plans a bill which will allow two Indian tribes to build a casino in Connecticut in order to compete with the offers of neighboring States. The bill could be presented for a vote this week and will also include a process that gives cities the freedom on the selection of proposals for tribes. The project will enter into force after the adoption by both houses and the signature of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. This bill has only three pages, a shorter version of the bill of 16 pages published about two months earlier and had been previously considered by the legislators of the State. The long version envisaged the construction of a casino by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

The two tribes operate currently in casinos in southeastern Connecticut. East Hartford and East Windsor are among the cities that have the right to build a casino. The new casino draft law allows to all cities in the region to apply for a casino project and the setting up of process to allow the two tribes to offer their bids from the chosen city. The casino project therefore puts all cities in competition, but the two tribes are more concerned about competition in Springfield on a casino project of $ 800 million by MGM Resorts International, opening in December 2017. The adoption of the draft law in the two chambers is highly anticipated by both tribes to be able to offer slot machines that could compete with those of Yonkers Westchester County Raceway and Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City.

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