Connecticut Lawmakers Side Step Interior Department With East Windsor Casino Bill

A bipartisan bill has been submitted for the 2019 legislative session in Connecticut that would remove the approval requirement from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in allowing the proposed East Windsor casino.

State Senator Cathy Osten, a Democrat, and 14 other state lawmakers are hopeful of the bill’s passage in the upcoming session and its signature by Governor-elect Ned Lamont, which will enable the project to move forward.

The Connecticut legislature convenes on January 9.

Connecticut’s two tribes — the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians — established MMCT Venture and won approval in 2017 from state lawmakers and Governor Dannel Malloy to build a $300m casino in East Windsor on non-sovereign land.

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