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In its motion, Interior argues that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act cited by MGM is not relevant to the case because the nations are not looking to build a casino on tribal lands.
“MGM pursues litigation because that's what MGM does,” said Andrew Doba, spokesman for the tribes' MMCT joint venture.
The two federally recognized tribes aren't willing to trade their already approved joint venture in East Windsor for the rights to a Bridgeport casino.
Mohegan Sun is the 11th largest employer in the state, the report said, with Foxwoods 12th.
But a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said the proposed bill "falls short of what the governor wants for Bridgeport."
The proposal "puts the state at increased and immediate litigation risk from multiple parties," according to a spokesperson for Gov. Ned Lamont.
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.
Under the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington, D.C., the tribe and the state have until Friday to file an amended complaint.
An effort by Indian tribes to collaborate on a new casino on nontribal land in East Windsor received another setback this weekend.
“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 report by a consultant to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes maintains that a new casino would need to generate $1.083 billion in gross gaming revenue annually to offset revenue lost from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
At a ceremony yesterday, demolition of a shuttered movie theater began at the site that is planned for a 100,000-square-foot casino.
MGM, which has proposed a $675 million waterfront casino for Bridgeport, has been lobbying for open competition for about a year,
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