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 continuing state of Massachusetts is gearing up for rapid expansion of gambling in the state, not everybody has been excited about the move. This is exactly why some anti-gambling activists there have developed a petition in order to force a vote that is statewide set up casino tasks would be able to move ahead.
Those who are against the casinos that are new able to gather sufficient signatures to send the ballot question forward to the lawyer general’s office. But unfortuitously for them, the continuing state solicitor but a stop to the move, saying that the ballot concern wouldn’t be legal under the state’s ballot effort process.
Constitutional Provisions Preclude Ballot Question
The ballot initiative process is covered by Article 48 under the current state Constitution. That article not only describes the process for getting question on the ballot, but also establishes exactly what can and can’t be included in such questions. One of the principles for proposals states that they cannot interfere with an entity’s ‘right to receive compensation for private property appropriated to public use’.
According to state solicitor Peter Sacks, in the event that concern were to be authorized by the public, thus closing the casino deals immediately, it would take the casino developers’ contract rights away without any payment.