Battle over 3rd casino starts all over again

Battle over 3rd casino starts all over again


FOR THE FOURTH DISTRICT. 3 THE BATTLE OVER A 3RD CONNECTICUT CASINO IS STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN AT THE STATE CAPITOL. LAWMAKERS FROM BRIDGEPORT ARE PUSHING TO “REPEAL” THE LAW AND START COMPETITIVE BIDDING FOR A 3RD CASINO LICENSE. CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT MARK DAVIS JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE. GOOD EVENING MARK. GOOD EVENING. BECAUSE THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS HAS STILL NOT ACTED ON THE 3RD CONNECTICUT CASINO LAW…. AND BECAUSE MGM WANTS TO STOP THAT 3RD CASINO…. THE DEBATE IS BEING RE-BOOTED. THE MASHANTUCKET AND MOHEGAN TRIBES SAY THEY WILL START TEARING DOWN AN OLD MOVIE COMPLEX IN EAST WINDSOR NEXT WEEK TO MAKE WAY FOR THEIR JOINT CASINO PROJECT. IT WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR LAST YEAR BUT IS STILL AWAITING APPROVAL FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. TODAY THE COMMITTEE THAT HAS JURISDICTION OVER GAMBLING HEARD FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE N.B.A. ON THEIR WORK ON A FRAMEWORK FOR LEGISLATION ON SPORTS BETTING… BUT THIS SAME COMMITTEE NOW HAS A BILL BEFORE IT TO START THE BATTLE OVER A THIRD CASINO ALL OVER AGAIN. THE PROPOSAL WOULD REPEAL LAST YEAR’S LAW GRANTING THE TRIBES THE RIGHT TO OPERATE A CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR AND CALL FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING.[ROSARIO] “THE GAMING LANDSCAPE HAS CHANGED AROUND THE REGION AND WE’RE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT CAN WE GET OUT OF OUR GAMING LLICENSE OR GAMING OPTIONS IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. MANY BRIDGEPORT LAWMAKERS ARE CONVINCED THAT THE GLITZY MGM PROPOSAL FOR A CASINO COMPLEX AT BRIDGEPORT HARBOR WOULD NOT ONLY CREATE JOBS FOR THE CITY…BUT COULD CREATE MORE REVENUE FOR THE STATE THAN THE THE CURRENT DEAL WITH THE MASHANTUCKETS AND MOHEGANS AND THEY HAVE SOME SUPPORT FOR RE-SETTING THE PROCESS. [VERRENGIA] “THE CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR HAS NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED, DID NOT GET B.I.A. APPROVAL AND THE SECOND THING IS WE HAVE A COMPETITOR WHO HAS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN WANTING TO COME TO CONNECTICUT.” [LARSON] “THIS IS TOTAL SMOKE AND MIRRORS FRANKLY AND IT’S EXPANDING GAMBLING IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, WHICH I’M NOT FOR.” LARSONS DISTRICT INCLUDES EAST WINDSOR. HE NOTES THAT THE EAST WINDSOR CASINO PLAN WAS AIMED AT KEEPING CASINO JOBS IN CONNECTICUT BECAUSE WHEN MGM NEW CASINO COMPLEX IN SPRINGFIELD OPENS, PROJECTIONS SAY BUSINESS AT FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN IN SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT WILL SUFFER A SERIOUS DECLINE. LIVE, FROM THE HARTFORD NEWSROOM, MARK DAVIS, NEWS 8

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