Massachusetts Anti-Casino Ballot Question Gets Nixed by State AG

Massachusetts Anti-Casino Ballot Question Gets Nixed by State AG

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

While the continuing 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 actually developed a petition in an attempt to force a vote that is statewide set up casino projects will be able to go forward.

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

Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question

The ballot initiative process is covered by Article 48 under the current state Constitution. That article not just describes the process for getting a relevant concern on the ballot, but additionally establishes what can and cannot be included in such concerns. One of the guidelines for proposals states that they cannot restrict an entity’s ‘right to get settlement for personal property appropriated to public use’.

In accordance with state solicitor Peter Sacks, in the event that question were to be approved by the public, thus ending the casino deals immediately, it would simply take the casino developers’ contract rights awaContinue reading