LANSING — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow eight new Michigan casinos remained off the Nov. 6 ballot today after the Board of State Canvassers fell one vote short of the three it needed for approval.
The absence of Republican Norm Shinkle meant that the yes votes of the two Democratic board members weren’t enough to certify the ballot proposal. The other Republican member, Colleen Pero, voted no. Democrats Julie Matuzak and James Waters voted yes.
For a 2-1 motion to pass, the yes votes would have had to include one Democrat and one Republican. Jonathan Raven, an attorney for Citizens for More Michigan Jobs, the group backing the casino expansion, said appeals will be filed within 24 hours with requests that the case be sent directly to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Yesterday’s vote followed a ruling Friday by the Michigan Supreme Court that appeared to give the proposal a green light for the ballot. Friday’s ruling overturned an earlier decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that said the wording of the petition did not comply with constitutional requirements.
But attorneys argued yesterday the Supreme Court had not ordered the proposal onto the ballot but had only struck down one of the challenges made. Citizens for More Michigan Jobs is proposing new casinos in or near Detroit, Romulus, Clinton Township, Pontiac, Lansing, Birch Run, Grand Rapids and Cadillac.
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