Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley appears by her choice to reject a ballot proposal to repeal the state's 2011 casino law. (Image: AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Opponents of casino gambling in Massachusetts have been war that is waging the expansion on every battlefront possible. They've had wins and losses across the continuing state, however they've always made their case. Now, they're hoping that the court that is highest in Massachusetts can give them one last opportunity to place the matter before voters.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments a week ago over the concern of whether a measure to repeal the 2011 casino law can show up on the statewide ballot in November. The move would create a referendum essentially on whether casinos could be built one that could disrupt the method even if it had been to ultimately fail.
State Believes Implied Contracts Would Be Violated By Repeal
That disruption was one associated with main arguments made by attorneys for hawaii, including Attorney General Martha Coakley, whom rejected the petition because she felt it was unconstitutional. According to Coakley, such a repeal would damage the 'implied agreements' between casino license applicants and the state gambling commission. She argued that those contract rights would be illegally taken away without any compensation for the casino businesses.
Coakley made remarks at a breakfast forum in Boston that