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Massachusetts Anti-Casino Ballot Question Gets Nixed by State AG

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A citizens’ anti-gambling effort 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 is why some anti-gambling activists there have produced a petition so that you can force a statewide vote on whether or not the casino jobs will be able to move ahead.

Those 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 regrettably for them, the continuing state solicitor but a stop to your move, saying that the ballot concern would not be legal underneath 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 concern on the ballot, but also establishes exactly what can and may not be included in such concerns. One of the principles for proposals claims that they cannot hinder an entity’s ‘right to get compensation for personal property appropriated to public use’.

According to state solicitor Peter Sacks, if the relevant concern were to be authorized by the public, thus closing the casino deals immediately, it might simply take the casino developers’ contract rights away with no compensation.

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