Widely endorsed plan mimics other states with Indian casinos
Hartford — State, local and tribal officials endorsed a bill Thursday that likely would lead to Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan police departments having the authority to arrest non-Indians on reservation lands, including at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.
Under the legislation, proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration, the tribal departments likely would be accorded the same status as municipal police, proponents of the measure said. The bill would authorize the state’s public safety commissioner to negotiate separate memorandums of understanding with each of the tribes, subject to the approval of the chief state’s attorney.