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MGM sues Connecticut officials over casino legislation

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler and Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown   (CTNJ file photo)

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler and Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown (CTNJ file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – MGM Resorts International is suing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials in federal court claiming that they approved an unconstitutional law earlier this year.

The law signed June 19 by Malloy allows the state’s two Indian tribes to form a special business entity and negotiate casino development with a town, which would still need legislative approval. The joint venture between the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Tribal Nation to build a third casino in the state would compete with MGM’s Springfield casino.

“While our company is supportive of tribal gaming as permitted under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the law passed in Connecticut gives two preferred tribes an unfair and unjustified preferential treatment by designating them as the only entities, tribal or commercial, authorized to negotiate with cities and enter development agreements for a new commercial casino on non-reservation land in Connecticut,” Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts International president, said in a statement.

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One comment

Joanna Cooper August 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

George Jepsen, the states attorney, warned the governor and Connecticut state officials that there would be legal problems with this legislation and they did not listen. So I’m not at all surprised by this lawsuit. Connecticut doesn’t need anymore casinos as more of them adds nothing to quality of life here in our state. We have enough casinos.

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