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The Horse Racing industry in Michigan has fallen on some difficult times. People with interests in the industry have decided that it is lottery and casino gambling that is endangering the horse racing industry.
Now, some of these interest people have sued the state of Michigan. they are claiming that their industry is being hurt by lotteries and casinos. They also claim state restrictions on video lottery terminals are a violation of the United States constitution.
“Without legislative relief, you will see the end of horse racing in Michigan within three years,” said Lawyer Phillip Maxwell to The Detroit News. He represents Northville Downs and several others joining the lawsuit.
In 2204, voters in Michigan approved an amendment to the state constitution that prohibited legislature from allowing slot machines at race tracks. That amendment has made it nearly impossible for the tracks to survive, the lawsuit claims. They also feel the amendment was unconstitutional.
With casinos having the slot machines and not the race tracks, it makes it tough for the tracks to compete. They have the horse racing, but that alone is not strong enough to keep people coming back, especially when they can go elsewhere and play slot machines.
Last Chance For Casino Opposition In Michigan Is Supreme Court
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A casino proposal for the Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County’s Wayland Township has its share of opposition. Groups that oppose the casino will take one last shot at stopping the project.
The United States Supreme Court will be asked to hear a challenge by the opposition group. The group is clinging to a Depression-era law that was written to better the lives of American Indians.
The group, Michigan Gambling Opposition, which is represented by Grand rapids Attorney, John Bursch, is hopeful, but it is not likely, according to the casino’s developers, that they will win their challenge. The developers are moving ahead with plans, regardless of the challenge.
Should the challenge be successful, it could have major implications on how land is secured by American Indian tribes. The opposition group is contesting the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to acquire tribal land.
“We have a very important constitutional issue because this is a statute that allows the federal government agency to take away land from sovereign states,” said Bursch, to the Grand Rapids Press.
The group lost an appeal on Tuesday, and now the Supreme Court challenge is the last option to try and stop the casino from being built.