House passes multi-step process for new CT casino

The House of Representatives voted 88-55 in favor of the legislation.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – A bill that creates a multi-step process for opening a new tribal casino in Connecticut is headed to the state’s governor.

The measure passed in the house 88 to 55 in midnight vote. The bill was previously cleared in the senate and allows the two Native American tribes in the state to enter into a development agreement with one host community.

Democrat Representative Stephen Dargan says the bill shows Connecticut wants to protect jobs in southeastern Connecticut.

Governor Charlie Baker told reporters on Thursday that he’s confident MGM Springfield will have a strong presence in the region, even if a casino is built over the state line.

“I know there’s a discussion and debate in Connecticut about whether they’ll do something else. There are limits to what we can control in respect to what Connecticut does, but the MGM proposal is terrific and very well located to support the region in Massachusetts and New York and all the rest,” said Baker.

Governor Baker made the statements on Thursday while promoting products made in WMass.

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