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Michigan Casinos Initiative Blocked From November Ballot By Court Of Appeals (POLL)

08/14/2012 03:34 pm ET

It looks like a proposal for eight new Michigan casinos, one which would be in Detroit, has gone bust.

You gamblers out there will just have to continue rolling the dice at one of the state's 20-plus casinos currently in operation.

Solicitor General John Bursch announced on Twitter this morning that the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected the November ballot initiative for casinos. That means voters won't get to decide whether to allow the development of eight new private casinos in the state.

The Detroit Free Press reports a three-judge panel ordered that the casino initiative doesn't adhere to the state constitution Tuesday because it amends current gaming law without fully stating the parts that would change.

The group Protect MI Vote, which has the support of existing state casinos, fought the initiative on several grounds, saying it was poorly written.

The initiative backers, Citizens For More Michigan Jobs, will likely appeal to the state Supreme Court, according to the Detroit News.

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