Sen. Formica, Sen. Somers Support Bill to Protect Casino Jobs and Tourism

March 3, 2017

Hartford, CT – State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) and State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) released the following statements in support of Senate Bill 957, An Act Concerning the Regulation of Gaming and the Authorization of a Casino Gaming Facility in the State. The bill was introduced by the Public Safety and Security Committee this week and is scheduled to have a public hearing on March 9, 2017.

“The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans have been incredible partners to communities throughout southeastern Connecticut. In our region, their work has greatly diversified economic development and opportunities for businesses and families. From tourism to manufacturing, southeastern Connecticut has seen quality growth thanks to their enormous efforts. Supporting this legislation is supporting the tribes’ continual development and will enable them to protect their businesses so they can preserve jobs. This is an important piece of a long-term puzzle to enhance tourism, support further economic development by the tribes and help protect all that they have accomplished thus far,” said Sen. Formica.

Sen. Somers said: “This legislation will allow the gaming industry to grow and prosper, which is so critical for thousands of employees and their families in southeast Connecticut. Other states are actively partnering with gaming interests and the competition is fierce so we must move forward carefully, but not fearfully, of a new expansion of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal authorities’ operations.”

Full text of the proposed legislation available here.

Senator Formica represents the 20th Senate District including the communities of Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford. He serves as Co-Chair of the Tourism Caucus. For more information visit

Senator Somers represents the 18th Senate District including the towns of Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown. For more information visit