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But a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said the proposed bill "falls short of what the governor wants for Bridgeport."
Only after receiving a full commercial casino license could Empire City also be licensed for sports betting.
The Schaghticokes are making a final attempt at gaining federal recognition, which if granted could ultimately lead to a casino in Fairfield County.
Highway tolls and whether or not to expand state-sanctioned gambling are still unresolved.
The proposal "puts the state at increased and immediate litigation risk from multiple parties," according to a spokesperson for Gov. Ned Lamont.
The money is meant to help offset the state’s regulatory costs for Tribal Winds Casino, the complex that MMCT Venture plans to build in East Windsor.
The suit alleged that the agency failed to take action on approving the East Windsor facility due to pressure from MGM Resorts and Republican lawmakers in Nevada.
“Today is a great day for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the state of Connecticut, especially given our 400-year history together,” Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said.
One would establish an open-bidding process for a new casino – most likely in Bridgeport – while the other would ease the way for the construction of a tribes-operated casino in East Windsor.
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.
“I’m open to every discussion – I’m not a pure ‘no’" on electronic tolls, as are some of his high-profile Republican colleagues, the Transportation Committee member says.
Dos Gatos, described as an upscale cantina-style eatery, will open at the end of the month next to the lobby of The Alder, a new 101-room hotel.
“We believe our proposed world-class entertainment complex in Bridgeport is the best option for creating new jobs and revenue, and we will vigorously advocate for our legal rights,” said MGM Resorts International.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. In March, Democratic leaders in the Connecticut legislature anticipated the court's ruling when announcing plans to create a bill to bring sports betting to the state.
Questions about traffic, increasing casino competition from neighboring states, and the wisdom or breaking the state compact with the tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain, say several observers.