Massachusetts Casino Gaming Initiative (2012)

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The Massachusetts Casino Gaming Initiative did not make the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state of Massachusetts as an initiated state statute. The measure was filed by David Nunes and was assigned initiative number 11-27. The proposal was described as a "petition for a law permitting casino gaming in three locations in the commonwealth".[1]

The measure would have allowed for the establishment of three casinos in different locations around the state. The proposal stated that the casinos would have given Massachusetts 25 percent of profits. Most of that revenue would have been allocated to cities and towns. In addition, those casinos would have been able to both stay open and serve alcohol 24 hours a day.[2]



  • David Nunes submitted the proposal. Nunes is a Colorado-based casino developer, and included in the proposal that one of the proposed casinos be run by his company, Crossroads Massachusetts LLC. Nunes stated: "If I’m going to spend the money for the initiative, I’m not going to do it so somebody else can win."[2]

Path to the ballot

Each of the ten original signers of the proposed measure must have obtained certificates of voter registration from the board of registrars or election commission in the city or town where they were registered voters. The certificate of voter registration must be signed by at least three registrars. These certificates and the original petition must then be submitted to the Massachusetts Attorney General.

Usually, if the petition is found acceptable, the Attorney General will prepare a summary and return it and the petition to the petitioners, who must file the petition and summary with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. Once that is submitted, petitions are printed and circulation can begin. However, the measure was not found acceptable by the attorney general, and therefore did not begin circulation for the ballot. The Attorney General stated that the measure impermissibly was limited in its operation to particular geographic areas.[1]

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