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MGM Springfield Wants Legislation to Stop CT Tribal Casino

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June 21, 2016

The MGM Springfield casino remains active in stopping the proposed Hartford area tribal casino. The U.S Congress is now involved. The MGM is asking for legislation that would prevent Native American tribes from building casino on non-tribal land.

A letter was sent by the company to the Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs. In the letter, the company claims that competition from the casino project by the Mohegan and the Mashantucket Pequot tribes would bring too much competition to the MGM Springfield casino. The MGM wants legislation to prevent that from happening.

The two tribes have formed a joint venture to develop a casino together. A location search has been given permission by the state. However off reservation gaming has not been given approval as of yet.

Currently there is a pending lawsuit in the Connecticut courts where MGM is trying to stop the state's gaming expansion.

MGM claims that when Connecticut approved the expanded gaming to the tribes, it did not allow for other commercial casino developers the opportunity to apply. Exclusive rights were given to the tribes. This was a violation to the state's law and not following the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The letter from the Indian gaming association state that that there is no reason to prevent tribes from furthering the development of their economy by removing opportunities for them.

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