House Sends Tribal Compacts To Senate
HARTFORD, CT — With little fanfare, the House of Representatives approved amendments to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal-state compacts to allow for the joint operation of a gaming facility in East Windsor Monday.
In about 10-minutes the House voted 118 to 32 in favor of the amendments, which were signed last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the chairmen for the tribes.
The amendments add the East Windsor casino, which is being built to head off traffic to an MGM Resorts International casino being built in Springfield, Mass., to the current compact the tribes have with Connecticut.
Those agreements allow the tribes to share slot revenue with the state. The new East Windsor casino will also share table gaming revenue with the state.
The resolution adopted by the House Monday doesn’t spell out the revenue sharing agreements, but points back to the legislation the chamber already approved allowing the governor and the tribes to proceed.
The state Senate still needs to take up the measure. There’s been no session scheduled yet to take up the resolution.
After it passes the Senate it needs to go to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs for approval. The BIA has 45 days to approve the amendment after it’s filed.