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Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Casino Roadblocks

15 March 2004

HARTFORD, Connecticut – As reported by the (Connecticut) News-Times: "Lawmakers are considering several proposals that could throw roadblocks at Indian tribes considering casinos in Connecticut.

"And while some politicians are optimistic they can stop a new casino, others say the best they can hope for is to slow the process.

"…Perhaps the most talked-about bill would require an environmental impact evaluation for any development by a tribe. The results would be used in determining whether to approve a casino compact between the state and a tribe.

"…Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he's confident this legislation doesn't infringe on the sovereign immunity of a tribe. He also said it could effectively prevent a casino from being built.

"…Though Rep. David Scribner, R-Brookfield, said he is hopeful such legislation would be effective, he is skeptical about whether it would withstand a federal court challenge…"

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