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The 45-year-old Santiago had been active in trying to clear legislative hurdles to building a casino in Bridgeport, and was in the midst of efforts to create a State of Connecticut Bank.
The tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain adamant that they will not participate in the proposed open bidding process, and that the cancellation of their compact with the state will cost Connecticut billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Another bill would establish the Connecticut Infrastructure Bank to provide financial support for infrastructure projects.
Steve Stafstrom will serve as co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, replacing Rep. William Tong, who gave up his seat to run for – and win – state attorney general.
Pending regulatory approval, the project -- designed to provide a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective energy source -- is expected to begin construction in the second quarter of 2018.
New admission taxes and an expiring lease are among the challenges facing the independent baseball team.