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 actually created a petition in an effort to force a vote that is statewide set up casino jobs will be able to go ahead.
Those who are against the casinos that are new able to gather sufficient signatures to send the ballot question forward to the attorney general’s office. But regrettably for them, the continuing state solicitor but a stop to the move, saying that the ballot concern would not be legal under the state’s ballot effort process.
Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question
Underneath the current state Constitution, the ballot initiative process is covered by Article 48. That article not just describes the process for getting a relevant question in the ballot, but also establishes what can and can’t be included in such concerns. One of the guidelines for proposals claims that they cannot hinder an entity’s ‘right to receive compensation for personal property appropriated to public use’.
Based on state solicitor Peter Sacks, if the concern were to be approved by the public, thus closing the casino deals immediately, it might take the casino developers’ contract rights away without the settlement. It would addRead More