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 everybody has been excited about the move. That is why some anti-gambling activists there have created a petition in order to force a statewide vote on whether or not the casino projects could be able to go forward.
People who are against the casinos that are new able to gather enough signatures to send the ballot question forward to the lawyer general’s office. But regrettably for them, the state solicitor however a stop to the move, saying that the ballot concern wouldn’t be legal under the state’s ballot initiative process.
Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question
Beneath the current state Constitution, the ballot initiative process is included in Article 48. That article not only describes the process for getting a relevant concern regarding the ballot, but additionally establishes what can and can not be included in such questions. One of the principles for proposals claims that they cannot hinder an entity’s ‘right to get payment for personal property appropriated to public use’.
In accordance with state solicitor Peter Sacks, if the question were to be approved by the public, thus closing the casino deals immediately, it could just take the casino developers’ contract rights away without any compensation. It would also ‘impair the implied contracts’ between the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and those developers, who have paid millions in application fees towards the state. (suite…)