Massachusetts Casino Repeal Initiative (2014)
As of December 8, 2013, the signatures have not been counted or validated.
The measure is sponsored by the Repeal The Casino Deal.
Path to the ballot
Supporters first had to submit the initiative measure signed by ten voters to the Massachusetts Attorney General by August 7, 2013. The attorney general then had to determine whether the measure met the legal requirements for circulation, which it did.
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 68,911 valid signatures by November 20, 2013 and submit them to local registrars for certification. Then, these certified petitions must be filed with the secretary of state by December 4, 2013. The Massachusetts General Court then has until the first Wednesday in May to either accept or reject the measure or take no action. If no action is taken, the original supporters of the measure must collect additional signatures and submit them to the secretary of state by July 2, 2014.
Attorney General Martha Coakley found the ballot question to be unconstitutional because the application fees paid by casinos for the prospective licenses represented a presumed contract. The measure’s supporters, however, have appealed to the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
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- ↑ Boston Globe, "Mass. gambling foes aim for a referendum," March 9, 2013
- ↑ South Coast Today, "Bottle bill expansion, limits to gas-tax on track for 2014 ballot", December 4, 2013
- ↑ Office of the Attorney General, "Current Petitions Filed", accessed December 6, 2013
- ↑ Repeal The Casino Deal
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Worcester Telegram, "Repeal of casino law, capping eternal gas tax, among ballot questions", December 9, 2013
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 State Ballot Question Petitions, "CALENDAR FOR AN INITIATIVE PETITION FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT," accessed December 3, 2013
- ↑ Office of the Attorney General, "Attorney General's Decision", accused December 8, 2013
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