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. This is exactly why some anti-gambling activists there have actually produced a petition in an attempt to force a statewide vote on set up casino jobs could be able to go ahead.
People who are against the casinos that are new able to gather sufficient signatures to send the ballot question forward to the lawyer general’s office. But unfortuitously for them, the state solicitor but a stop to the move, saying that the ballot concern would not be legal underneath the state’s ballot effort process.
Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question
The ballot initiative process is covered by Article 48 under the current state Constitution. That article not just outlines the process for getting question regarding the ballot, but also establishes so what can and cannot be included in such questions. One of the guidelines for proposals states that they cannot restrict an entity’s ‘right to receive settlement for personal property appropriated to public use’.
In accordance with 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 payment. Continue reading