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Holyoke casino supporters to try again next year | 24th June 2012 : WorldCasinoYellowPages

Holyoke casino supporters to try again next year, after efforts fail to get question on November ballot

... 24 June 2012

HOLYOKE – The group of residents who aspire to have a casino here would have to struggle again next year as their recent efforts for the property failed to bring fruit. As expressed by the staff of the Secretary of State, William F. Galvin, the signature campaign on the part of the group is not sufficient for permission for a casino in Holyoke. The voters would have to face elections, special act of the Legislature and approval of the City Council & Mayor. It would take few months for the group to resume their efforts for putting a casino question before the voters in 2013. As per last year’s state law, three casino resorts were allowed that included one in Western Massachusetts. For scrutiny of the process, a state gaming commission has been appointed and companies have come forward with their proposals in Palmer, Springfield and at other places. As per the law of the state, a referendum is mandatory which just can’t take place without approval of the Mayor. Despite the casino law’s provisions, Councilor at Large Daniel B. Bresnahan believes that proposal for the casino deserves a public debate. He said that personally he is not in favor of any casino but still the aspirants must be heard and given an opportunity to present their opinions. 

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