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Massachusetts Casino Repeal Question Approved by Court

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Massachusetts Casino Repeal Question Approved by Court

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley opposed the repeal question, but says she welcomes allowing the voters to truly have a voice regarding the problem. (Image: Boston Globe)

In Massachusetts, casino companies have faced a few battles in order to build resorts in the state. There have been town-by-town campaigns to win over local communities, plus in the scenario of the Greater Boston area, a intense competition for just one single license. Now, operators will need an additional challenge ahead of these before they can sleep easy: a statewide repeal vote that could end casino gambling in Massachusetts before it starts.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that voters will be able to see the casino law repeal question on a November ballot, potentially rolling back a 2011 law that legalized casinos in the state tuesday. That move leaves potential casino operators in an awkward position, whether they can actually do anything with them as they may receive licenses, but not know until later this year.

Unanimous Decision Puts Question on Ballot

The court reached their decision unanimously, pointing out that supporters of the repeal had succeeded in gathering more than enough signatures to place the relevant question on the ballot. The effort had been opposed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, now a Democratic candidate for governor, who rejected issue this past year it could violate th Read More