Bill that would expand casino gambling clears legislative hurdle

March 23, 2018

Momentum for expanding casino gaming in Connecticut is growing after a bill that would allow MGM Resorts International to build a casino in Bridgeport cleared a legislative hurdle.

On March 16, the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee approved House Bill 5305, “An Act Concerning a Request for Proposals to Qualify an Entity to Develop a Casino Gaming Facility in the State.”

The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives for further consideration.

MGM has proposed building a $675 million casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor area. Under this proposal, MGM is also seeking to build a workforce development and training program in New Haven to support the casino.

This project stands to have a significant economic impact on our area. MGM has committed to creating 7,000 new jobs in our area and paying a $50 million upfront licensing fee to the state. MGM also estimates that the state could receive an extra $300 million annually in gambling revenue.

In the coming weeks, I will continue to advocate for this legislation that will allow this project to become a reality.