Connecticut AG Casts Doubt on Satellite Casino Proposal

Connecticut AG Casts Doubt on Satellite Casino Proposal

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is providing no assurances that are false his state’s appropriate right to authorize a ‘satellite casino’ 13 miles from the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.

The issues that are legal the proposal are complex and uncertain, he said in a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy.

Connecticut AG George Jepsen is uncertain that a casino project created to blunt competition through the MGM Springfield could endure future constitutional legal challenges.

MGM Resorts has attempted to sue Connecticut over the enactment of its ‘Special Act 15-7,’ which established the method that allowed the state’s two tribal gaming operators to get a host municipality for the border casino that is proposed.

The MGM lawsuit claimed the the Special Act was in violation of equal protection guarantees and the commerce clause, enshrined in the US Constitution since this would be a commercial casino situated outside tribal lands.

Essentially, had Connecticut really desired to determine a commercial casino it must have opened the procedure up to all commercial operators and not its two federally recognized tribes, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots.

Constitutionally Questionable

Connecticut has made small secret regarding the fact the main purpose of the casino would be to deflect competition from the MGM Springfield to counteract the detrimental effect that would have by itself casino industry.

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