Connecticut House debate on tolls comes up short on votes

Connecticut House debate on tolls comes up short on votes

Meanwhile, earlier Tuesday evening, the Senate agreed to pass a separate House bill that some lawmakers hope will attract mixed martial arts event to venues in arenas in several CT cities.

With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy set to the sign the bill, MGM says its battle to keep a competitor off its doorstep now will shift to U.S. District Court, where the Las Vegas gaming giant will argue the legislature violated the Equal Protection and Commerce clauses of the Constitution by refusing to consider other suitors for the state's first commercial gaming license.

House Democratic leaders acknowledged they were short of the votes needed to approve legalization on its own, an indication of how controversial the bill remains within their own caucus.

With less than two days left in the legislative session, the House of Representatives is preparing for a debate on legalizing marijuana.

The State of CT missed an enormous opportunity to put in place an open, transparent, and competitive casino process which could have resulted in as much as $1 billion in economic development.

The casino legislation is aimed at being a revenue driving option for the State of CT as it deals with sagging finances.

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House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) said the House Democrats will still talk about the issue "as a caucus". There are now two operational casinos in CT, with both of them being located on reservation land.

The same bill also creates a new entertainment sharing agreement between the tribes - owners and operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun - and entertainment arenas across CT with 5,000 or more seats. He says lawmakers are still negotiating an alternative gambling-related bill.

MGM Resorts International expressed disappointment Wednesday in CT lawmakers' passage of a bill that would allow the state's two federally recognized tribes to open a gaming establishment near the MA border in East Windsor.

Earlier in the week, lawmakers discussed the possibility of allowing additional slot machines in OTB facilities in Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury, and a so-called boutique casino for high-rollers in Hartford.

The Springfield MGM casino is slated to open next year. The two tribes have contributed around $7 billion to Connecticut's coffers over the past 25 years and are expected to pay the state more than $220 million in 2017.

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