Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has filed a bill that would require all spending on local casino referendums be reported to the state.
The state's new gaming law requires a proposed casino to be approved by voters in host communities. Galvin expects large sums of money to be spent by casino developers trying to gain support of voters - and by opponents trying to block a casino from being built in a particular town.
Under current law, spending on local ballot questions must only be reported to the city or town clerk in the community where the vote is being held.
Galvin says state oversight is warranted on local casino questions. His bill would require that spending to be reported to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, as is the case for statewide ballot questions.