Connecticut casino plan runs out of time

Apr 25, 2016 3:51 PM

Connecticut lawmakers are unlikely to act this year on a proposal to create a third casino jointly operated by the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.

The two groups currently operate the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos and have been working with friendly legislators to develop a third casino in the Hartford area to discourage Connecticut gamblers from being lured to the casino MGM is building in nearby Springfield, Mass.

MGM has gone to court to argue against the plan, claiming that it also wanted to bid on the third casino but that legislation has been crafted to keep all parties except the two tribes out of the bidding.

Whatever the eventual outcome, it appears that is not enough time to get all the work associated with this issue completed before the legislature’s May 4 adjournment deadline.

Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said that the two tribes need to coordinate and select a location. “Until they pick that location there’s not much we can do legislatively to move that ball forward,” Sharkey said. “As every day goes by it’s less likely for us to act.”

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].