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Bill allowing more tribal casinos clears Connecticut panel

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

A bill that would authorize Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes to open up to three jointly operated casinos is moving through the legislative process.

The General Assembly's Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday voted 15-to-8 in favor of the legislation, which is being pushed by the owners and operators of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The bill awaits further action in the Senate and will likely be referred to additional legislative committees. Lawmakers are expected to fill in some of the outstanding details of the legislation, which is still being negotiated between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun tribes.

Proponents of the bill say it's necessary to protect jobs from out-of-state competition. But opponents voiced concern about adding more gambling in Connecticut.

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