Connecticut Attorney General Skeptical about Casino Legislation

Democrat Attorney General George Jepsen has expressed concerns over the legal ramifications of a new tribal casino in East Windsor. According to him, there are substantial risks stemming from licensing the state’s first casino on non-tribal reservation land.

The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee will have to take a decision on the bill on Thursday.

Jepsen’s opinion has been requested with regard to the proposal by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a jointly operated gaming establishment. The tribes insist the project will address competition from the MGM Resorts International casino in Springfield as well as help them protect jobs at their existing Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Jespen abstained from predicting whether Connecticut could win a lawsuit if the legislation is challenged on constitutional grounds. He didn’t comment on the potential impact on the state’s current revenue-sharing agreement with the tribes either.

According to Uri Clinton, senior vice president and legal counsel at MGM, the state might lose hundreds of millions of annual revenue if it approves the commercial casino.

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