SJC Allows a Casino Repeal Vote

Gambling supporters, opponents mobilizing for prospective referendum in November

The state’s highest court decided Tuesday that a casino repeal measure can appear on the November ballot, touching off a ferocious referendum campaign over one of the most charged issues in a generation and jeopardizing the future of the billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts.

The long-awaited ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court instantly overshadowed the state’s nearly three-year debate over where casinos should be built and reignited an argument over whether they should be allowed at all.

Over the next four months, voters can expect a barrage of slick advertising, phone calls, and tenacious door knocking on the casino question, in a relentless campaign orchestrated by experienced political operatives on each side. The clash could eclipse the sleepy gubernatorial race.

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