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Cathy Osten

Representing Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich & Sprague

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Statement of Senator Cathy Osten on Today’s Passage of S.B. 957, Casino Gaming in Connecticut

State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague), who is Senate Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement following the final passage in the Appropriations Committee of Senate Bill 957, AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF GAMING AND THE AUTHORIZATION OF A CASINO GAMING FACILITY IN THE STATE. The bill passed on a 33-13 bipartisan vote and now heads to the floor of the state Senate for consideration.

“This was an important vote today because the Appropriations Committee members clearly recognized the value of saving jobs in Connecticut, jobs that are in most every city and town in the state. There are 140 communities in Connecticut that send 12,000 employees to work in the gaming industry every day.

“MGM has said on the record that they will do whatever they can to destroy jobs in Connecticut with their new Springfield, Massachusetts casino. Today’s vote in the Appropriations Committee was a vote to stop MGM from destroying Connecticut jobs.

“I want to note that today’s vote was also a bipartisan vote, and I’m very pleased that legislators on both sides of the political aisle saw fit to stand up and protect Connecticut jobs.”

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