Casino Suit Goes To High Court

October 29, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS—Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos (TOMAC) has appealed a July decision made by the Michigan Supreme Court to the U.S. Supreme Court.

By a 5-2 vote, the state court denied TOMAC’s claim that the state legislature violated the Michigan constitution when a minority of members approved electronic gaming casinos by resolution instead of gaining ratification through the normal legislative process.

TOMAC argues that the 1998 resolution violates the constitution’s Article IV, Section 22, which reads, “All legislation shall be by bill and may originate in either house.”

The brief filed by Warner, Norcross and Judd of Grand Rapids is 25 pages long with an appendix of 156 pages. Whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case is unknown at this time.    

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