A proposed MGM Resorts casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut has been put on hold after the state's Senate refused to hold a debate that would let operators bid on access to limited gaming licenses in the state.
The plans for the proposed casino were scuttled until at least 2019, as the Senate refused a vote. The process will begin anew, which will require the bill that allows the casino to go back through the state's House. That will be a challenge in of itself, as it took more than 25 years to get a piece of gambling legislation to advance through the House.
MGM is looking to build a new casino in Bridgeport, providing a gaming destination in the state's largest city. There are opposing sites that have been proposed from the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, which were okayed last year.
In a statement MGM Resorts and their development Partner RCI said, "A year ago, the bill never received a floor vote. This year, it passed the House. That is significant. We realize that change is hard and takes time, and we respect the delegation's preference not to dominate debate with this issue with much to accomplish in a short time in the session's final hours."