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 everybody has been excited about the move. That is why some anti-gambling activists there have developed a petition in an effort to force a statewide vote on set up casino projects could be able to go forward.

People who 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 unfortunately for them, the state solicitor however a stop to your move, saying that the ballot concern would not be legal under the state’s ballot initiative process.

Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question

Beneath the ongoing state Constitution, the ballot initiative procedure is included in Article 48. That article not just describes the process for getting concern regarding the ballot, but also establishes so what can and may not be included in such concerns. One of the rules for proposals states that they cannot affect an entity’s ‘right to get settlement for private property appropriated to public use’.

According to state solicitor Peter Sacks, in the event that relevant concern were to be approved by the public, thus closing the casino deals immediately, it could take the casino developers’ contract rights away without the compensation. It would also ‘impair the contracts that are implied between the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and people developers, who have paid millions in application fees towards the state. Continue reading