Connecticut casino expansion takes a legislative leap

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety & Security Committee met on Thursday and voted for two legislative pieces that pushed the idea of a casino expansion. While House Bill HB 7055 aims towards establishing an open-bidding process for a new casino, the other Senate Bill SB 11 would be easing the way for the construction of a tribes-operated casino in East Windsor.

The latter has been approved by the US department of the Interior’s blessing. They have not rejected the project but they have failed to issue any ruling and it has frustrated the operators of the would-be Tribal  Winds Casino: the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Natiob which also runs Foxwoods and Mohegan SUn.

The Public Safety and Security Committee also voted in favour of drafting SB 17 which will be authorizing sports betting, internet keno and internet gambling. It also voted in favour of SB 665 which will be establishing competitive sports betting on specific sporting events. However, Tony Hwang of Fairfield, who is also the ranking member of the Public Safety & Security Committee said he might opt to go against the bill as the process moves further.

“I am quite concerned about the idea of gambling expansion in Connecticut for impacts that might be adverse for the society.” “This industry has not shown any positive growth lately. Two tribal casinos have already witnessed a plunge in their revenues month after month and the MGM casino in Springfield with rosy promises have also economically underperformed.”

Hwang said his concerns also existed with the tribes and loss of revenue. Moreover, he also emphasized on the adverse impact of gambling on the society.

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