The support for opening a tribal casino in Connecticut might not be as substantial as initially believed. A voting session will take place in the House of Representatives and it is unclear just how many are on the board with the building of a new casino. According to House representative, Brendan Sharkey, the democrats have not yet taken a stand on this matter and a closed door meeting of the House of Democrats will take place the following week.
The bill would allow tribes to look for investors interested in building a satellite casino in northern Connecticut, to combat competition from the giant casino resort that will be opened in Springfield Massachusetts. Every step in furthering the construction of the tribal casino would have to be approved by the Attorney General and governor’s office.
There are still some groups that protest against the bill. Adding to the voices that raise against this resolution is former Connecticut U.S. Rep. Robert Steele, who claims that the construction of a new casino would only lead to requests for building more, which he considers to be inefficient in an almost saturated market.
Senator Tony Hwang acknowledges the benefits of the bill for the state of Connecticut but he still hopes that the House of Representatives will reject the bill on account of pleasing the anti-gambling support groups
The spokeswoman for the tribes, Patty McQueen addresses a more important issue regarding the positive effects of the bill, drawing attention to the fact that a new casino would mean more jobs and revenue for the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.