Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is offering no assurances that are false his state’s legal right to authorize a ‘satellite casino’ 13 miles from the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
The legal issues surrounding 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 designed to blunt competition from the MGM Springfield could endure future constitutional challenges that are legal.
MGM Resorts has attempted to sue Connecticut over the enactment of its ‘Special Act 15-7,’ which established the method that allowed their state’s two tribal gaming operators to find a number 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 wanted to determine a casino that is commercial needs to have opened the method up to all commercial operators and not its two federally recognized tribes, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots.
Connecticut has made little secret of the reality the main purpose of the casino could be to deflect competition through the MGM Springfield to counteract the effect that is detrimental would have on its own casino industry. Continue reading “Connecticut AG Casts Doubt on Satellite Casino Proposal”