Court: Slots parlor question properly certified for ballot

BOSTON (WHDH) - BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a proposed ballot question allowing the state to issue a second slots parlor license can go before voters in November.

Tuesday’s unanimous decision by the state Supreme Judicial Court only dealt with whether the question met the requirements to be placed on the ballot. It did not address the merits of the proposed slots parlor itself.

The question says the slots parlor must be located near a horse race track. There are two horse race tracks in the state: Suffolk Downs in Boston and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, near the Rhode Island state line.

Plainridge is a slots parlor and harness racing track created under a 2011 law that legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts. The law authorized the licensing of three casinos and a single slots parlor.

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