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State Supreme Court approves Casino Initiative, Board of Canvassers reviews ballot language on Monday

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Five initiatives approved, one to go as the Michigan Supreme Court has ordered Casino Proposal Initiative on the ballot Friday, August 24th, just in time for the proposal inclusion on November 6th election ballot. 

The Casino proposal seeks Michigan voting residents approval to build up to eight new casinos the state.

An outstanding proposal seeking to add workers rights for collective bargaining to the State's Constitution will be heard before the Michigan Court of Appeals on Monday, August 27th, after the State Board of Canvassers deadlocked in a 2-2 vote on approving the petitions earlier this month. Referendum petition drives and/or the ballot language must be approved by Michigan Board of Canvassers by final available deadline of September 7th, to make November 6, 2012 General Election Ballot.

Michigan's Supreme Court overturned an previous ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which initially denied the casino referendum initiative from appearing on the ballot.

According to the Detroit News, a spokeswomen for More Michigan Jobs group desiring to add casinos in Romulus, Birch Run, Clinton & Dewitt Townships, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Pontiac, Clam Lake and Pontiac, was pleased with the States' Supreme Court ruling.

"We always felt confident in our language," said Emily Gerkin Palsrok to the Detroit News. "It just proves our opposition will go to extreme lengths to protect their monopoly."
Protect MI Vote, the group opposing the proposed measure, argued that the measure would take away voter's rights to vote on casinos in communities were Indian Tribe or private based Casino's operate and would saturate the state's gambling markets.

The five ballot proposals will be presented State Board of Canvassers Monday, August 27th at Noon in Lansing, Michigan for an finalized determination of ballot language approval process.

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