GRP Involvement in 2014 Ballot Question Initiative Campaigns
Sponsors: Mike Heichman, Suffolk County (Shepherd) and Danny Factor, Middlesex County
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org 617-265-8143
Vetting: Platform Comm.
Our party has become involved in this project in the past. We can become much more effective if we adopt a plan and calendar at our StateCom meeting on 1/11/14.
At this date, it is impossible to know which questions will appear on the November, 2014 Ballot. Below are some of the steps and dates, which weed out the large number of questions.
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(Excerpts from the Attorney General’s website: An Overview for Interested Members of the Public ttp://www.mass.gov/ago/government-resources/initiatives-and-other-ballot-questions/initiative-petition-process.html
- 1. Thousands of additional voter signatures are gathered (this year, the requirement is 68,911) and filed with local election officials by late November and then with the Secretary of State by the first Wednesday in December;
- 2. If enough are gathered, the measure is sent to the Legislature in January of 2014;
- 3. The Legislature either approves or disapproves the measure, proposes a substitute, or takes no action;
- 4. Unless the Legislature has enacted the measure before the first Wednesday in May of 2014, the proponents gather still more signatures (this year, 11,485 signatures are required) by early July;
- 5. If they gather enough, the measure and any legislative substitute are submitted to the people at the next biennial state election (in this case, November of 2014).
The process is similar for constitutional amendments, but they must go through two successive sessions of the Legislature and must (unlike initiative petitions for laws) get the approval of 25% of the legislators in each session. Thus any proposed constitutional amendments submitted by August of 2013 could not appear on the ballot until November of 2016.
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Current Petitions Filed
Titles of Potential Questions that will appear on the November, 2014 Ballot:
- Constitutional Amendment to declare that “corporations are not people, $ is not speech.”
- Patience Safety Act
- Earned Sick Time
- Raising Minimum Wage
- Law to Prohibit Casino Gambling
- Sales Tax
- New Hire Incentives
- Constitutional Amendment Extending the People’s Right of Self-Government
- Updating Bottle Bill
- Repeal 2013 Gas Tax Incentive
- Genetically Modified Food Right to Know
- Constitutional Amendment Relative to MA National Guard
- Shared Parenting
- Abuse Prevention
- Whale Safe Fishing Act
- Repeal 2013 Sales Tax on Computer and Software Technology Service
- MA Family Sunshine Protection
- Limit Excessive Hospital Operating Margins …
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- Winter, 2014 StateCom Meeting
- StateCom will endorse this project as a statewide issue initiative for 2014.
- A small 2014 Statewide Ballot Task Force (at least 3 members) will be established. Members of the Platform Comm. will be invited (but not expected) to join this Task Force.
- The Statewide Ballot Task Force will be asked to …
- Research the potential questions.
- Prepare to make recommendations to the Spring, 2014 StateCom meeting on what positions (yes, no, or no position) that the StateCom should take on these questions.
- If it “seems” that there may be strong interest in one or more of these questions among GRP members, the Task Force may research ways our members could support any of these campaigns.
- Spring, 2014 StateCom Meeting
- The Task Force will make its recommendations to StateCom and StateCom will decide what to do.
- StateCom will authorize the Task Force to create GRP literature on the questions that it has taken positions. The Task Force will present its proposed literature to Adcom for approval.
- GRP endorsed candidates, local chapters and individual members will be encouraged to use and distribute the literature.
IV. Budget: StateCom will authorize Adcom to spend up to $350 for this project. (Most of the estimated expenses would be for the printing of literature.)