Connecticut House Debates Bill That Would Lead To Tolls

Connecticut House Debates Bill That Would Lead To Tolls

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said the margin surprised him.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno who has touted the economic benefits of the MGM casino had this reaction to Connecticut's moving forward with a casino in East Windsor.

Unlike the early years of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, when the two casinos grew and prospered in eastern CT with little gambling competition in the Northeast, the tribes are fighting a holding action meant to mitigate the loss of business in a market approaching saturation.

CT lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a bill that authorizes the state's two federally recognized tribes to open a casino in East Windsor.

CT lawmakers voted on Wednesday to authorise a legislative package that could lead to a joint venture casino project by the state's two tribal gaming operators.

The bill previously passed the state Senate and now heads to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy's desk.

The House vote of 103 to 46 was surprisingly lopsided, exceeding the 2-1 margin last month in the Senate.

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A study funded by both tribes suggested out-of-state casino competition could cost CT 9,300 jobs, while an analysis by Connecticut's Office of Fiscal Analysis suggested the competition could cost the state $68 million in annual gaming revenues. "With this vote, we have all demonstrated a commitment to protecting the state of CT and the good jobs of its residents", he said. He predicted the facility could be bogged down by legal challenges for years.

The issue this year was a bill that neutralized a health-and-safety liability issue that had discouraged mixed-martial arts promoters from staging matches in CT.

The bill creates an entertainment sharing agreement between the CT tribes and entertainment venues across the state. The state had required a greater level of health coverage for MMA than for boxing, as well as a gross-receipts tax that the bill repeals. Such a move would be in anticipation of the federal government possibly allowing sports betting.

The House of Representatives interrupted debate Wednesday on the bill after one lawmaker tried to amend the measure with an abortion-related proposal. Unions have backed the MMA restrictions because a non-union casino operator in Las Vegas is a financial backer of the martial arts events, the Mirror reported.

The so-called sweetener bill is "drastically reduced" from an earlier proposal that would have placed slot machines in off-track betting facilities in Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury and allowed Hartford open a table-games casino, Aresimowicz said.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, confirmed the plan Monday night.

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