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Anti-Casino Activists Take Fight To SJC

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Anti-casinol activists hoping to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law say they were pleased with questions asked by the state’s highest court in their bid to place a voter referendum on the November ballot.

John Ribeiro, chair of the “Repeal the Casino Deal” campaign, said the seven-member panel, in a 45-minute hearing Monday morning, “got to the heart of the matter” and largely ignored “frivolous parts” of the case.

He said voters have the right to decide on casino gambling even though lawmakers have already debated and passed legislation, and a process to license up to three resort-style casinos has been underway for years.

Ribeiro also suggested parts of the state’s arguments “defied all logic.”  The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to rule sometime before July.

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