State gambling regulators have turned down Boston’s request to halt the eastern region casino license process until after the November election, when voters will decide whether to repeal the state’s casino law.
Marty Walsh on Thursday said he does not want to spend tax money on casino issues since the law could be repealed.
Massachusetts’ highest court says voters will be allowed to decide whether to keep the state’s casino gambling law.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that a measure calling to repeal the 2011 law can appear on the November ballot.
The state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that voters can decide the fate of the casino gambling law, throwing the future of casinos in Massachusetts into question.
Casino opponents say they have more than double the required signatures to hold a referendum to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law placed on the November ballot.
State gambling officials have voted unanimously to award the state’s first casino license to MGM Springfield, pending acceptance by the Las Vegas-based casino giant of a number of proposed terms and conditions.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has lost a bid to give city residents a chance to vote on casinos proposed for neighboring Everett and Revere.
Both sides in the casino gambling debate are encouraged by the questions asked by Massachusetts supreme court justices in a case centered on a proposed voter referendum repealing the state’s 2011 casino law.
The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case before the state’s highest court Monday.
The gaming commission Thursday morning postponed a decision on the host community issue, after Walsh asked for at least a weeklong delay and Gov. Deval Patrick backed him.