(CBS Connecticut) — State lawmakers on the Public Safety Committee today are advancing proposals to create a third casino in Connecticut, and to set up a process that might allow someone other than the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots to operate a new casino.

Daniel Rovero spoke against the two bills, saying they could jeopardize the state’s revenue from the two existing casinos.

“I don’t want to take a chance of losing $260-million, with a chance that we might gain $30-million,” Rovero said. “If I did I would be at the casinos more often.”

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Several lawmakers who say they oppose the casino proposals, voted to move them forward, saying they deserved to be heard by the full General Assembly.

Supporters of a casino say a gambling location is needed in north-central Connecticut, to prevent Connecticut gamblers from taking their money out-of-state to a new facility operated by MGM in Springfield.

The vote was held before 2 pm, but the vote was left open until 5 pm.

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