The state of Connecticut is considering the legalization of three new casinos that will help the state to ward of competition from neighboring states and help expand Connecticut’s casino industry. The Shoreline Star in Bridgeport is pushing for the licensing of three satellite casinos and the proposal is currently being reviewed by the General Assembly. Shoreline Star wants  one of the casinos to open in their current off track betting location.

The two federally recognized Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indian tribes will be responsible for running and operating these new casinos. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

The chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Rodney Butler encouraged the committee to approve the bill. In a statement, Butler said “The design of the bill is simply to encourage Connecticut gamblers to spend their money here in Connecticut. If it is enacted, the two tribes can pool their experience and resources to construct one or more gaming facilities in locations which will best encourage gamers not to bring their business to other states”.