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Final Arguments in Mass. Casino Repeal Case Filed

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BOSTON (AP) — State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office and a group of Massachusetts residents have filed their final legal arguments as the state’s highest court prepares to take up an appeal centered on a proposed November ballot referendum asking voters to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law.

The residents, including members of “Repeal the Casino Deal,” argued in their Wednesday brief that the state has an inalienable “police power” that allows it to revise laws and regulations impacting “public morals and welfare” at any time.

Coakley’s office acknowledged these “police” rights, but called for the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to uphold its September decision to reject the proposed referendum.

Wednesday is the deadline for final briefs. The court will hear oral arguments Monday and is expected to render a decision in July.


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