Massachusetts Casino Repeal Initiative, Question 3 (2014)

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The Affordable Casino Repeal Initiative may appear on the November 2014 statewide ballot as an initiated state statute. The measure would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate within the state.[1]


The measure is sponsored by the group Repeal The Casino Deal.[2]



Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Massachusetts

Supporters first had to submit the initiative, 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.[5] 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.[3][6]

Supporters continued on with the ballot process, in spite of the pending judicial case. 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 were successfully filed with the secretary of state on the December 4, 2013 deadline, after which the secretary of state determined enough valid signatures had been collected. Repeal The Casino Deal submitted an estimated 73,000 signatures to the secretary of state.[7]

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the measure's supporters, the Massachusetts General Court will then have until May 7, 2014 to either accept or reject the measure or take no action. If no action is taken, the original supporters of the measure must collect an additional 11,485 signatures and submit them to the secretary of state by July 2, 2014.[5][8]

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