Lawmakers to hold hearing on bill opening up casino process


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hold a public hearing after all on whether to allow a proposed competitive process for building Connecticut’s first casino on non-tribal land.

The General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee voted 18-6 on Thursday in favor of holding the hearing in the coming weeks, despite objections from the committee’s Democratic and Republican Senate co-chairmen. The proposal originally did not appear on the panel’s agenda, but Democratic Rep. Jeffrey Berger of Waterbury pushed for the hearing.

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Bridgeport and New Haven lawmakers are advocating for a competitive process, despite the legislature throwing its support last year behind a proposed tribal casino in East Windsor. That project has since been delayed, pending federal approvals.

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MGM Resorts has advocated for the open process, saying it wants to build a casino complex in Bridgeport.

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