PLAINVILLE - Voters will get to decide if Plainridge Park Casino will have competition from another slots parlor after a decision by the state Supreme Judicial Court.
The court ruled that an attempt to pass a refendum question allowing for a second slots parlor can go forward to the November election.
The unanimous decision stated that petitioners had met the requirements for getting the question on the ballot. It did not address the merits of the proposed slots parlor, itself.
A reclusive businessman named Eugene McCain is behind the effort, although he has said little about it.
His question asks voters to approve a second slots parlor to be located within 1,500 feet of a horse track.
The harness track at Plainridge already has slot machines. The only other track is Suffolk Downs in Boston, but it has closed down for all but six days a year.
The ballot question would amend a 2011 state law that allows for three resort casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts.
There are plans under way for resort casinos in Taunton, Everett and Springfield.