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 tribe-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 sceptical. 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.