Massachusetts' Highest Court To Hear Casino Referendum Case

May 5, 2014
Originally published on May 4, 2014 10:41 am

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Monday on whether a question to repeal casino gambling should appear on the November election ballot.

The decision by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office to ban the question from the ballot is being challenged in the state’s highest court by anti-casino activists led by John Ribiero, chairman of the group Repeal the Casino Deal.

" There is no reason for us to be kept off the ballot."

Among those filing legal briefs opposing the casino referendum is Domenic Sarno, mayor of Springfield, where MGM has proposed a downtown casino.

" I am fighting for an economic development project of well over $800 million."

A ruling from the SJC is expected by July.

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