«Connecticut tribes to create East Windsor casino
The local tribes of Connecticut have gained another victory in their glorious battle for building their first tribal casino, located on the territory, which does not belong to their tribe. According to the Associated Press, the House of Representatives approved the edited memoranda, describing the relations between the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans on the one side and the state of Connecticut on the other side.
The revised agreements were signed by the leaders of those tribes and Dannel Malloy, Connecticut Gov. Now the tribes’ plans to build a casino gaming facility in East Windsor does not contradict the agreement about sharing the revenue with the local tribes. At the moment the amended agreements are proceeding to the Senate for getting approval.
The tribes are planning to turn an old movie theater into a casino with a revenue of about $300 million. It’s going to be a joint venture together with MMCT Venture company. At first MGM company was going to prevent the tribes from creating their casinos, because it didn’t want gambling money of Connecticut to flow from across the state borders to MGM Springfield casino, which is going to open its doors in 2018 in Massachusetts. However, Manhattan’s Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of the Connecticut judge, because the casino didn’t have any reasons to sue over the law of 2015, which described a process of tribal nations’ seeking a town which will agree to host their casino.
Another victory came to the tribes in June, when Malloy approved Public Act, which allows East Windsor to operate casino and entertainment facilities. According to this Act, about $1 million of initial payment together with a huge part of the gross revenue will come to the state from the new casino. According to the legislation, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has the right of regulating and licensing casinos development in East Windsor, including any new casino project within the state. MMCT company will cover the regulation costs, according to the state legislation.