HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – Connecticut moved another step closer to adding another casino. Connecticut lawmakers approved a revised casino bill early Friday morning to potentially add one additional casino. It would be run jointly by the tribes that operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods.
(A lot of the talk has been about stopping some of the traffic from going to Springfield, could this potentially stop some of the traffic that goes to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods?)
“It looks pretty obvious that most of the traffic would end up in Springfield,” said Connecticut State Rep. Peggy Sayers (D), Windsor & Windsor Locks.
The revised casino bill now moves to the Governor’s desk. If he signs it, any vote for a new casino won’t happen until at least next year. If Governor Malloy does approve it, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods would be allowed to negotiate with a town or city for a development agreement. The early frontrunners are East Hartford, three locations in East Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
“We have sort of a captured audience there, people who are looking for entertainment when they fly in,” said Rep. Sayers.
Brien Ward of Windsor Locks supports a casino in his town, but he doesn’t think it would stop people from the Hartford area from going to Springfield
“I really don’t think so because it’s about 10 minutes off the highway and it’s about 20 minutes to Springfield, so I don’t think it would be a good solution,” said Ward.
Ultimately, the tribes would need both state and federal approval to open a 3rd casino in Connecticut.
Windsor Locks First Selectman Steve Wawruck told 22News, Sportech, the company that owns the Bradley Teletheater is interested in bringing a casino there. Former Springfield city councilor Tony Ravosa has developed a plan in East Hartford and East Windsor’s First Selectman Denise Menard told 22News they would hold a binding town wide referendum to vote on any casino plan.