by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 25, 2014
Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an item to repeal the state's 2011 Expanded Gaming Act can be placed on the ballot in November. This puts years of work by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and various entities bidding for licenses in limbo until after the vote. "The Massachusetts Gaming Commission respects the decision of the Supreme Judicial Court to allow the citizens of the Commonwealth to vote on the repeal of expanded gaming in November," Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman Steve Crosby said in a statement. "As the Commission has demonstrated in the past, we have the flexibility to achieve progress in the licensing and regulatory process even in an atmosphere of uncertainty, and we will continue to do so. Although the Commission has not taken a position on the repeal, we are committed to implementing the law as it currently exists in a manner that is participatory, transparent and fair." The commission awarded its first license last week to an $800 million Springfield project led by MGM; the license will become valid the day after the vote, as long as the law is upheld.