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 the 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 process that allowed their state’s two tribal gaming operators to seek a host municipality for the proposed border casino.
Since this could be a commercial casino situated outside tribal lands, the MGM lawsuit claimed the the Special Act was in violation of equal protection guarantees and the commerce clause, enshrined in the United States Constitution.
Basically, had Connecticut really desired to ascertain a casino that is commercial needs 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 associated with the reality the key purpose of the casino is to deflect competition from the MGM Springfield to counteract the effect that is detrimental would have on its own casino industry.
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