A Step Toward New Casinos

March 20, 2015

The bill passed the committee by a 15-8 vote with the acknowledgement that a lot of the details still need to be discussed. They narrowly defeated an amendment that would have prohibited the state from giving the tribes any financial assistance or economic development grants for the venture.

That sentiment was echoed by Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-West Hartford, who noted that the Mashantucket Pequot tribe had sought a license to build a gaming facility in Massachusetts only last year.

“What’s not lost on me is that the tribes were in competition over state lines to build their own casinos,” Verrengia said. “Those same jobs, those same revenues they’re trying to protect today, are those same revenues, those same jobs that would have left the state if they had been successful.”