Latest casino bill differs from 1995 effort

Lawmakers considered expanding casino gambling 20 years ago.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The last time Connecticut lawmakers considered expanding casino gambling 20 years ago, there was a very different process in place.

The state’s Division of Special Revenue issued a request for proposals from casino operators wanting to open a facility in Bridgeport. Potential developers had to provide a $610 million letter of credit. A team of state officials evaluated the proposals.

This year, there’s no question who would develop a new casino, if the proposal is ultimately approved. This year’s bill would allow only the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans to open a jointly-run satellite casino. That exclusivity is one of the issues raised by Attorney General George Jepsen, who warned the legislation could face legal challenges.

The bill faces a legislative committee vote on Monday, the first since Jepsen released his letter.

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