Connecticut tribes might face roadblock in plan for new casino

Mohegan Tribe Chairman Kevin Brown, left, and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler. Photo from CT Jobs Matter

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe still haven't decided on a location for a potential casino in Connecticut but a new bill could delay plans indefinitely.

The tribes are looking at sites near the Massachusetts border in order to compete with a $950 million commercial casino being built just across the state line. But the bill would force the state to conduct a study on gaming and consider other locations, The Hartford Courant reported.

"I support a data-driven approach to analyzing where and how this casino could generate the best benefit." state Rep. Chris Perone (D), the proponent of the study, told the paper.

Special Act 15-7 authorized the two tribes to solicit bids for the potential casino. They have received five proposals from four communities but have not selected a finalist.

Once that happens, the tribes will return to the Legislature to seek approval for the casino.

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