General George Jepsen, state attorney, had doubts regarding a bill proposed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The tribes are looking to build and open a tribes-owned casino in order to organize legal out-of-state gambling competitions.
The two tribes assured the state that their previous agreement would not suffer any changes, meaning the state will receive 25% of the annual slots revenue if the casino is built in Hartford.
Although some Republicans did not support this legislation because of the so called negative consequences for the state and tribes, and requested a revisal, the bill was finally approved. AS a result the senators agreed to build a two-step system that will ease the process of building a legal casino owned by the two tribes, no risk involved.
However, Martin Looney, the Senate President, is still skeptical. He stated that there is no guarantee that a new casino will be built. Instead, he promises a “careful and prudent process” so that the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes will be able to safeguard jobs at already existing casinos.