Casino Gambling Now a State-wide Ballot Question

July 11, 2014
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Although the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already awarded a slot parlor in Plainville and a casino in Springfield, the state’s highest court has ruled in favor of a ballot question to repeal the law in November.

Major campaigns by advocates and opponents are expected to take place in the media and neighborhood across the Commonwealth.

The ballot question is geared toward overturning the 2011 state’s gaming law which allows for casino gambling in the state.

Both Everett and Revere have a 50-50 chance of having a casino if the gambling law remains on the books.

If Revere is not given a casino, Suffolk Downs owners have indicated they will close or sell the race track which has been operating for over 75 years.

Boston lost its chance to have a casino in East Boston at Suffolk Downs when opponents mounted a successful campaign to stop it.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is currently attempting to secure funds for the city from potential casino owners. The Mayor road the fence on the issue for political reasons.

Many candidates seeking office or reelection will be called on the spot on the casino vote.