Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is offering no assurances that are false their state’s legal right to authorize a ‘satellite casino’ 13 miles from the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
The legalities surrounding the proposal are complex and uncertain, he said in a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy.
Connecticut AG George Jepsen is uncertain that the casino project created to blunt competition from the MGM Springfield could endure future constitutional challenges that are legal.
MGM Resorts has attempted to sue Connecticut over the enactment of its ‘Special Act 15-7,’ which established the method that allowed the state’s two tribal gaming operators to get a bunch municipality for the border casino that is proposed.
Because this could be a commercial casino situated outside tribal lands, the MGM lawsuit claimed the the Special Act was in violation of equal protection guarantees and the commerce clause, enshrined in the US Constitution.
Basically, had Connecticut really wanted to establish a commercial casino it needs opened the procedure up to all commercial operators and not soleley its two federally recognized tribes, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots.
Connecticut has made little secret of the fact the primary purpose of the casino could be to deflect competition from the MGM Springfield to counteract the effect that is detrimental would have on its own casino industry.
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