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Massachusetts Anti-Casino Ballot Question Gets Nixed by State AG

A citizens’ anti-gambling effort has been shot down by the State’s Attorney General

While the state of Massachusetts is gearing up for rapid expansion of gambling in the state, not everyone has been excited about the move. That’s why some anti-gambling activists there have developed a petition in an attempt to force a statewide vote on whether or not the casino tasks is able to maneuver forward.

Those that are against the casinos that are new able to gather enough signatures to send the ballot question forward to the lawyer general’s office. But regrettably for them, the continuing state solicitor but a stop to the move, saying that the ballot question would not be legal beneath the state’s ballot initiative process.

Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question

Under the current state Constitution, the ballot initiative process is covered by Article 48. That article not only describes the process for getting a relevant concern regarding the ballot, but also establishes what can and can not be included in such questions. One of the rules for proposals states that they cannot restrict an entity’s ‘right to receive compensation for personal property appropriated to public use’.

In accordance with state solicitor Peter Sacks, in the event that concern were to be approved by the public, thus ending the casino deals immediately, it could take the casino developers’ contract rights away with no payment. It would also ‘impair the implied contracts’ between the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the ones designers, who have already paid millions in application fees to the state.[……]

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