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Lawyers debate casino ballot measure at Supreme Judicial Court

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Lawyers for and against casino gambling headed to the Supreme Judicial Court Monday morning.

Since the law legalized casinos in Massachusetts passed in 2011, there has been a flood of activity with some communities rejecting casinos and others approving them.

“The people of East Boston, people, of Charlestown, don’t have a say on whether there’s going to be a casino next door. With all the negative impacts that are going to come along with it, this will give those people a say,” John Ribeiro, a member of Repeal the Casino Deal, said.

Casino companies have signed contracts and have begun the application process.

“We would lose about 3,000 permanent jobs and about 2,000 construction jobs. We have an agreement that’s going to pay at least 17.5 million dollars in taxes annually,” Springfield city solicitor Ed Pikula said.

Last fall, Attorney General Martha Coakley said that despite getting the necessary signatures, the referendum question was unconstitutional. She said there were already implied contracts for casinos.Secretary of State Bill Galvin said he needs a decision by July 9th to prepare a ballot for this fall.
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