One day after Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen cautioned against building an East Windsor casino operated by the state’s tribal nations, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz declared that a new casino in Connecticut will not be built anywhere without federal approval.
CT Post reporter Bill Cummings has more:
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz on Wednesday said the chances are “zero” that a new casino will be built in Bridgeport or anywhere in Connecticut in the next five years without federal approval.
“The idea of an additional casino being built in Connecticut without Bureau of Indian Affairs approval is zero,” Aresimowicz told reporters. “It is not going to happen. We need to move forward with a comprehensive plan of what gambling looks like.”
The comments came a day after state Attorney General George Jepsen said, because the BIA has not published its approval for revisions to the state’s tribal compacts on the federal register, an East Windsor casino to be jointly built by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians is not formally approved, and it would be “imprudent” to proceed with the project.
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