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 state of Massachusetts is gearing up for rapid expansion of gambling in the state, not everyone has been excited about the move. This is exactly why some anti-gambling activists there have developed a petition in order to force a statewide vote on set up casino projects could be able to move forward.
Those that are against the new casinos had been able to gather sufficient signatures to send the ballot question forward to the lawyer general’s office. But regrettably for them, the state solicitor but a stop to your move, saying that the ballot concern would not be legal under the state’s ballot effort process.
The ballot initiative process is covered by Article 48 under the current state Constitution. That article not only outlines the process for getting question in the ballot, but additionally establishes so what can and may not be included in such concerns. One of the guidelines for proposals says that they cannot interfere with an entity’s ‘right to get settlement for private property appropriated to public use’.
According to state solicitor Peter Sacks, if the relevant question were to be approved by the public, thus ending the casino deals immediately, it could simply take the casino developers’ contract rights away without any compensation. It would also ‘impair the implied contracts’ between the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and people designers, who have previously paid millions in application fees towards the state. Lire la suite