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Attorney General to legislators: Casino expansion poses legal risks

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Attorney General George Jepsen warned top legislators Wednesday that legislation giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans exclusive rights to a new casino was itself a gamble, potentially endangering the current profit-sharing deal with the tribes and exposing the state to claims of illegal favoritism. Continue Reading →

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CT tribes rally to Malloy’s defense against Oklahoma tribal lenders

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The leaders of Connecticut’s federally recognized Indian tribes rallied Monday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s defense, decrying the practice of an Oklahoma tribe and its business associates to make unlicensed, short-term loans here at astronomical rates. Continue Reading →

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Gaming expansion bill clears committee

Senate Majority Leader Robert Duff, D-Norwalk, at microphones, flanked by Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and Sen. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford.

A proposal to expand casino gaming outside of Connecticut’s Indian reservations advanced Thursday. But while the state legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee endorsed the measure by a wide margin, it narrowly rejected an amendment that would have barred the state from offering loans, grants or other economic aid to preserve casino jobs.
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Connecticut’s unlikely history of casinos gets a new chapter

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Failing to slam the door on casino gambling in 1991, Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. cut the deal in 1993 that both gave the industry a foundation and firmly capped its reach in Connecticut — until now. Today, the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee holds a public hearing on what appears to be the strongest attempt in two decades to expand casino gambling off tribal lands. Continue Reading →

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Twenty years later, Connecticut has a new view of casinos

Kevin P. Brown, Mohegan tribal chairman. At right is Cystal Whipple of Mashantucket Pequots and Sens. Bob Duff and Martin Looney.

Questions about morality and the societal impact of expanded gambling are fading, if not gone. Competition in surrounding states, notably a planned MGM casino-resort in Springfield, has distilled the issue of a new casino in Connecticut to one overriding concern: Keeping jobs. Continue Reading →

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Finance chair wants Keno included in new gambling debate

A typical keno game in New York: A video screen with the 20 numbers drawn from a field of 80.

If the state and Connecticut’s Indian tribes are considering opening new gaming sites, then launching Keno – a lottery-style game legislators have flirted with in recent years – must be on the table as well, the House chairman of the legislature’s revenue panel said Tuesday.
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Pequots, Mohegans lobby together for expanded gambling

Foxwoods and Mohegan officials sit with their lobbyists in the Legislative Office Building cafeteria.

Connecticut’s two tribal casinos are trying to gauge support at the General Assembly for an expansion of gambling to stem what a new study shows is the rapid loss of customers to out-of-state competition. Expansion possibilities include a new casino north of Hartford or slots at OTB parlors. Continue Reading →

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