Six ballot questions move closer to November ballot

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Six initiative petitions will be able to move on to the next step of getting onto the November ballot, according to a news release sent to 22News from Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin. May 2nd is the first day that petitioners can request additional petitions from the secretary’s office.

In January, Secretary Galvin’s office transmitted six initiative petitions to the Legislature. The State Legislature had until Tuesday, May 1st to consider passing the proposals without the need for a ballot question. Under the Massachusetts Constitution, proposals which have not been passed by the first Wednesday in May proceed to a second round of signature gathering.

The following proposals have been determined to be eligible for the final round of petitioning:

·         Law Raising the Minimum Wage

·         Law Establishing a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

·         Law Relative to Establishing a Citizens Commission Concerning a Constitutional Amendment to Secure Government of the People

·         Law Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency (Version A)

·         Law Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency (Version B)

·         Law Relative to Reducing the Burden of Sales and Use Taxes and Requiring a Sales Tax Free Weekend

Version B of the Law Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency, though not originally certified by the Attorney General, has received a court order to allow the petitioners to proceed, pending the court’s ruling on the certification.

Petitioners must obtain 10,792 additional certified signatures by July 3, 2018, in order for their question to be printed on the 2018 State Election ballot in November.

Two other questions, Massachusetts Income Tax for Education and Transportation Initiative and Massachusetts Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum have already been certified for the November 2018 ballot.

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