Massachusetts Anti-Casino Ballot Question Gets Nixed by State AG

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 continuing state of Massachusetts is gearing up for rapid expansion of gambling in the state, not everybody has been excited about the move. This is exactly why some anti-gambling activists there have created a petition in an effort to force a statewide vote on whether or not the casino jobs would be able to move forward.

People 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 unfortunately for them, the continuing state solicitor but a stop to your move, saying that the ballot concern wouldn’t be legal underneath the state’s ballot initiative process.

Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question

Underneath the current state Constitution, the ballot initiative process is included in Article 48. That article not only describes the process for getting question on the ballot, but also establishes exactly what can and may not be included in such questions. One of the principles for proposals says that they cannot hinder an entity’s ‘right to receive compensation for private property appropriated to public use’.

In accordance with state solicitor Peter Sacks, if the question were to be authorized by the public, thus closing the casino deals immediately, it would simply take the casino developers’ contract rights away without the compensation. Leer más