Connecticut lawmakers, tribes voice support for new casinos

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of Connecticut legislators, the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes and union leaders are backing a bill that would allow up to three new, smaller casinos to help combat gambling competition in neighboring states.

Sen. Catherine Osten, whose district includes the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casinos, said concerns about losing jobs prompted the unprecedented push to open at least one jointly operated, satellite gambling facility.

At a news conference Tuesday, she said the state “will not stand aside and let other states — New York, Massachusetts or Rhode Island — take jobs away from Connecticut.”

A public hearing is planned March 17 to discuss the bill, which still must be fully fleshed out.

The tribes are particularly interested in opening a facility along the Interstate 91 corridor.

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