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Mass. Court: Casino Repeal Issue Going to Voters


BOSTON (WGGB/AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court says voters can decide the fate of the state’s casino gambling law.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that a question calling for repeal of the 2011 law can be on the November ballot.

The ruling overturns Attorney General Martha Coakley’s finding that the proposed ballot question is unconstitutional because it would cause casino developers to lose property without compensation.

In response to the SJC’s decision, Coakley says:

“I am pleased that the SJC has ruled on this matter, and it is now an issue that will be decided by the voters in the fall. My office had conducted a legal review of this ballot question, but knew it would ultimately be decided by the Court. My office worked cooperatively with both parties to put this issue before the Court. Now, with today’s decision, voters will have the final say.”

The law allows for up to three regional resort casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts. The state gambling commission recently granted MGM Resorts International a license for a proposed $800 million casino in Springfield. The two remaining licenses have not yet been awarded.

The Mass. Gaming Commission granted MGM a formal license to build a casino in Springfield’s South End back on June 6.

The slots parlor license has been awarded to the Plainridge harness track in Plainville.

ABC40 will continue to follow this story and will have the latest as it becomes available.

You can CLICK HERE to view the SJC’s complete ruling.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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