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Springfield Fights Repeal of Mass. Casino Law

Springfield City HallSPRINGFIELDSPRINGFIELD (AP) — The city of Springfield is asking the state’s highest court to keep a proposed repeal of the Massachusetts casino gambling law off the November state ballot.

Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Thursday that he and nine other Springfield residents filed a motion with the Supreme Judicial Court, which is expected to hear arguments soon on whether to allow the ballot question to go forward.

MGM Resorts has proposed an $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield, which was approved by city voters.

Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled the petition to repeal the law allowing up to three resort casinos and one slots parlor could not go on the ballot because it would constitute an uncompensated taking of private property.

The group Repeal the Casino the Casino Deal has asked the high court to overturn Coakley’s ruling.

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  • alpinequeen

    Gambling is wrong. It is an undeserved attempt to gain something for nothing at the expense of others who must lose for you to win. Only the house or the state really wins and they do so by playing on the weaknesses of people.

  • doggone

    The elected official of Springfield wants to squash the puplic from voicing their Constitutonal rights to the democratic process that got him elected should be investigated by the FBI.

  • Priscilla

    East Longmeadow Nursing Home Rape – My father had dementia and was there for only a short time before I moved him out of there. People with dementia are kept in a locked area because of their threat of walking out a door, but the fact that the doors are locked and outside the door no one would even hear any patient hollering for help. There should always be at least 3 staff members in these areas at all times to prevent this and other abuse that goes on. Let us look at the picture – people in later stages of dementia often can no longer speak. How could these people even communicate that abuse has happened to them and it they do try to tell someone it doesn’t mean someone is going to believe them because some dementia people who do talk can talk about things that may have happened years ago and they believe it is happening that very day. More needs to be done to protect these people by having more staff and other supervisors going in un-announced to check on things. Many nursing homes are horrible places to be. After a couple of bad experiences my Dad was subjected to I finally found a good nursing home. If you have someone who is in a nursing home go often at different times of the day. Keep your eyes and ears open. You are all that someone has and they need you!

    • Guest

      Why is this here in response to this article? Are you saying Mayor Sarno and A.G.Coakley have dementia and should be locked up? lol