Massachusetts Casino Repeal Question Approved by Court

Massachusetts Casino Repeal Question Approved by Court

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley opposed the repeal question, but says she welcomes allowing the voters to really have a voice regarding the problem. (Image: Boston World)

In Massachusetts, casino companies have faced a series of battles so that you can build resorts in the state. There have been town-by-town campaigns to win over local communities, as well as in the scenario of the higher Boston area, a tough competition for just one single license. Now, operators will need an additional challenge ahead of those before they can rest simple: a statewide repeal vote that could end casino gambling in Massachusetts before it starts.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that voters will be able to see the casino law repeal question on a November ballot, potentially rolling back a 2011 law that legalized casinos in the state tuesday. That move leaves potential casino operators in an awkward position, as they may receive licenses, but perhaps not know until later this 12 months whether they can actually do anything with them.

Unanimous Decision Puts Matter on Ballot

The court reached their decision unanimously, pointing out that supporters of the repeal had succeeded in collecting more than enough signatures to put the relevant question on the ballot. The effort was opposed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, now a Democratic candidate for governor, who rejected issue this past year (more…)

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