SJC ruling adds more uncertainty to casinos in Mass.

BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the voters will ultimately decide if MGM, or any casino, will come to Massachusetts.

“It opens up a whole new door, anything can happen now that that decision has been handed down it’ll give voters the opportunity to speak, be heard on the casino question in general,” said State Representative Todd Smola (R-Palmer).

It is that uncertainty that “anything could happen” that has many in Springfield concerned, especially when the city already voted to approve building a casino resort in western Massachusetts.

West Springfield State Representative Michael Finn said, ““Springfield spoke and they want a casino because of the promise of the jobs and the revenue so their voice is important to be heard.”

Massachusetts already had a gaming law in place, Springfield gave the approval and a license was awarded to MGM.

State lawmakers say if opponents can gather the required signatures in time, as they did, then it is all a part of the democratic process.

“It provides for checks and balances. It allows the people to petition government, in some cases when people aren’t happy with a vote or and issue they can take it to a referendum or in other cases if they feel that the legislature isn’t moving fast enough,” said Springfield State Representative Angelo Puppolo.

On November 4, it is up to the people, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, to decide whether Massachusetts will become a casino state.

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