NYPIRG Calls for Neutral Language in Casino Referendum
The New York Public Interest Research Group is calling for neutral language on this autumn’s ballot referendum to approve an expansion of casino gambling in the states.
A filing from the NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner and Legislative Counsel Russ Haven to state Supreme Court Judge Richard Platkin read, “While NYPIRG has no position on how New Yorkers should vote on a the proposed casino amendment … we believe this matter raises issues that go to the very heart of the way state government functions and the integrity of the process for revising the state’s basic charter.”
The group argues that the proposed language goes beyond explanatory purposes and “recites many of the predicted benefits of approval advanced by casino boosters.”
The language has also been criticised by good government groups, the problematic passage reads, “The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved?”
There is a chance that a change in the language could be ordered in the coming week.