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 have a voice regarding the issue. (Image: Boston Globe)

In Massachusetts, casino companies have actually faced a number of battles so that you can build resorts in the state. There has been town-by-town campaigns to win over local communities, as well as in the situation of the higher Boston area, a competition that is fierce just one single license. Now, operators will need one more challenge ahead of them before they can rest simple: a statewide repeal vote that could end casino gambling in Massachusetts before it starts.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that voters should be able to see the casino law repeal question on a November ballot, potentially rolling straight back a 2011 law that legalized casinos into the state. That move leaves potential casino operators in an awkward position, as they may get licenses, but maybe not know until later on this 12 months whether they can actually do any such thing with them.

Unanimous Decision Puts Question on Ballot

The court reached their decision unanimously, pointing out that supporters of the repeal had succeeded in collecting more than enough signatures to put the question on the ballot. The effort was indeed compared by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, now a Democratic candidate for governor, whom rejected is