Monday, March 9, 2009

Governer Is "Certain" That 24-Hour Drinking Proposal Will Not Be Introduced To Legislature

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Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell said today that she is "certain" that a proposal to allow 24-hour drinking at the two Indian casinos in the state will not be introduced in the state legislature this year.

Rell's announcement comes on the heels of a fatal accident on Saturday that involved a driver who said he was drinking at the Mohegan Sun Casino before the accident. A Conn College student died as a result of the crash on I-395 in Montville.

Elizabeth Durante, a 20-year old student at Conn College, died after the van she was in was struck by a car driven by Daniel Musser. According to reports, Musser was driving without the headlights on and on the wrong side of the highway, heading south in the northbound lanes of the highway.

Musser was charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Governor Rell proposed extending drinking hours at the two Indian casinos to 24 hours a day in a recent budget plan. The state's current drinking hours last until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends.

Durante lived in the college's "substance-free" dormitory and had campaigned against binge drinking. The students in the van were on their way to Boston's Logan International airport where they planned to leave for Uganda where they were to do humanitarian work.