Connecticut Tribes Require Federal Approval for East Windsor Casino, State AG George Jepsen Says
The Connecticut tribes jointly constructing a satellite casino in East Windsor must obtain federal approval from the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), their state’s attorney general declared this week.
Governor Dannel Malloy (right) has signed a bill authorizing his state’s two Connecticut tribes to build a satellite casino. But Attorney General George Jepsen (left) says federal endorsement is needed.
At the request of Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington), Attorney General George Jepsen opined this week that the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun Indians nevertheless need the feds signing off on their $300 million East Windsor casino before gaming operations should commence.
‘The risks of continuing without federal approval of the amendments is unchanged. Indeed, subsequent events and actions of Interior only reaffirm our view that approval of the amendments is extremely recommended to protect the State’s passions under the Compacts,’ Jepsen concluded.
Final year, the typical Assembly passed Public Act 17-89 and Governor Dannel Malloy (D) signed the legislation into law. The bill authorized the two Connecticut tribes to construct a satellite gaming place with 2,000 slot devices and between 50 and 150 table games on off-sovereign land.
The statute is directed at keeping slot that is critical from flowing north across the Connecticut-Massachusetts border towards the $960 million MGM Springfield, that is to open this fall. Continue Reading