Casino Question Blocked from Ballot

Aug 27, 2012

The campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos will have to go back to court to get a spot on the November ballot.

A state elections board deadlocked along party lines on whether to put the question on the ballot.

Opponents of the new casinos include operators of tribal casinos as well as the three Detroit casinos. John Pirich is an attorney for the opponents of the proposal. He says the ballot campaign did not fully explain all the ramifications of the question, including a provision that would require the state to give a liquor license to each casino.

“The provision said you get a license irrespective of whether you’re a felon, whether or not you comply with any of the provisions which are very strict and demanding to get a liquor license,” he says.

Pirich says the proposed amendment to the state constitution does not mention altering liquor laws.

The next stop for the ballot campaign could be the Michigan Court of Appeals. The casino question has already been through one round of litigation regarding the wording of the amendment.  The state Supreme Court rejected that challenge last week.