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UPDATE: Court Throws Casino Petition Off November Ballot

UPDATE: Citizens For More Michigan Jobs says it will appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

"From day one, we have firmly believed the law in this matter has always been on our side," said spokesman T.J. Bucholz in a press release. "We will read the Court's opinion closely in the coming days and are planning to appeal the ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court."


ORIGINAL STORY: There will be one less ballot initiative to vote on if the Michigan Court of Appeals has its way.

The court on Tuesday instructed the Michigan Secretary of State to reject a ballot initiative that - if approved - would allow for a bunch of new casinos to be built across the state.

One of those casinos would be in DeWitt Township, just north of Lansing.

"Citizens For More Michigan Jobs" filed more than half a million signatures with the state, paving the way for a ballot initiative that would allow more casinos in Michigan.

But a group called "Protect MI Constitution" filed suit, claiming the initiative is too broad, too confusing, and that it wasn't clear just how many Michigan laws would be affected.

The court agreed - saying the ballot initiative doesn't spell out which Michigan laws would be affected or amended if it gets approved. 

"This ballot proposal has been fraught with deception from the start. It takes away local control of casino expansion, writes specific private properties into the state constitution and changes several laws without even telling the voters it was doing so," said Protect MI Vote spokesperson John Truscott in a press release. "The court's ruling is a great day for protecting Michigan's constitution and the rule of law in our state."

Stay tuned to 6 News as we look into this story. With an appeal in the works, the decision looks like it will ultimately be made by the Michigan Supreme Court. 

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