NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The State's Attorney General has completed the first step towards selecting next year's ballot questions.
28 of 33 petitions have been certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Now, support groups will begin their process to get these petitions to become ballot questions during next year's election.
Among the proposals approved is a minimum wage tax hike and a patient safety act; that if passed, would create nurse-patient ratios.
Five were rejected; one of those of being a proposal that would require labels on genetically modified foods.
Lenore Anderson of Hatfield told 22News, “We have a right to know what we are eating and where it comes from. I mean that is obvious. It shouldn't even be a law; it should just be that way. It's that way with everything else. You have to label.”
“People have been working for less than minimum wage, a lot of people. It's time to get people up to minimum wage. I think it should be 10 plus an hour,” said Julia Washburn of Leeds.
Supporters of these proposals will now have to get 80,000 voter signatures to be part of 2014 ballot.