New York Casino Voter Referendum Wording Challenged by Attorney
A November New York State casino referendum for voters has one lawyer questioning the ballot’s wording
In November, ny voters are scheduled to vote for a referendum that would enable several new casino resorts become built throughout the state. But if one Brooklyn attorney is effective, that referendum shall be halted due to language within the ballot question that he claims violates state legislation.
Referendum Language Questioned
The language in the referendum carries a range ‘legislative purposes’ that paint the proposition in a light that is unmistakably positive. For instance, the question mentions ‘promoting task growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting local governments to lower property taxes.’ That language was approved by their state Board of Elections in July.
But now, attorney Eric J. Snyder is contending that the language in the bill violates New York law. In accordance with case filed into the New York State Supreme Court, Snyder alleges that the language violates the State Constitution’s prohibition on the application of public money in the aid of ‘private undertakings.’
‘The Constitution is pretty clear that you can’t use public cash to sway or influence a vote,’ Snyder said.
Snyder isn’t the one that is only has had up problems with the language into the referendum. Many government watchdog groups also view it as one-sided, and groups that are religious also noted the language used whenever telling parishioners to consider social ills that could come with the advertised advantages of casino expansion. Continue reading