Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is offering no assurances that are false his state’s appropriate right to authorize a ‘satellite casino’ 13 miles from the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
The issues that are legal 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 from the MGM Springfield could survive 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 the state’s two tribal gaming operators to seek a host 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.
Really, had Connecticut really desired to ascertain a commercial casino it must have opened the process up to all commercial operators and not simply its two federally recognized tribes, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots.
Connecticut has made small secret regarding the fact the key purpose of the casino could be to deflect competition from the MGM Springfield to counteract the effect that is detrimental would have on its own casino industry.