GRP Involvement In 2012 Ballot Question Campaigns

Sponsors: Mike Heichman, Suffolk County (manager) and Nat Fortune, Franklin County
Contact Info: [email protected]       617-265-8143
Vetting: Platform, ComCom and Membership & Diversity Committees
Background: I addition to candidates being on the ballot on November 6, 2012, there will be up to 4 statewide ballot initiative petitions that will be on the ballot.
Ballot questions are opportunities to create, build or strengthen ties with allied organizations, and to communicate with our members and the public about important public policy questions that the voters will decide on Election Day.

1.     The Platform Committee will investigate the upcoming ballot questions. They will examine how these initiative petitions are consistent or hostile to the values and principles of our party. (Suggest timeline: Before February 1.)

2.     They will send their recommendations on what position (support, oppose, or no position) the party should take and their reasoning. This should be communicated to the State Comm.-Discuss list (with a request that it be forwarded to the local chapters e-mail lists) and the GRP-discuss lists with the request that feedback be sent to the Platform Comm. (Suggested deadline for feedback: 2 weeks after the recommendations will be sent).

3.     The Platform Comm. will consider the feedback that they have received and make their final recommendations, which they will send to Adcom (Suggested timeline: By March 1).

4.     Adcom will make their decision (suggested timeline: 2 weeks)

5.     Adcom will notify the primary sponsor(s) of our allies (either the lead supporters or opponents of the petitions) of the decision made by our party and offer our support.

6.     If we act quickly, there may be an opportunity to lobby the state legislature and Governor (to either support or oppose the initiative petition). If the legislature and the Governor would pass the petition(s) before May 1, the question(s) will not be on the ballot in November.

7.      For those questions that will be on the ballot, the Platform Comm. will work with ComCom to create a leaflet.

8.     The leaflet will be approved by Adcom.

9.     The Membership and Diversity Comm. will encourage local chapters and GRP members to distribute tens of thousands of our leaflets across the Commonwealth before Election Day.

Budget: The cost of printing tens of thousands of leaflets. (Note: I see this campaign as an opportunity to raise $ from our members.)

Info from the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth:

And Attorney General’s office:

The 4 potential ballot questions:

Petition Number

Petition Name

Sponsors' Contact

Attorney General's

Current Status


An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana

Whitney A. Taylor, 617 482-3170 x344




An Initiative Petition for an Act Relative to Death with Dignity

Michael Clarke, 617-858-6567




Initiative Petition for An Act to Protect Motor Vehicle Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles (Version C1)

Arthur W. Kinsman, 617-248-9772




An Initiative Petition for An Act Promoting Excellence in Public Schools

Louis A. Rizoli, Esq., 617-775-0528




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  • Isabel Espinal
    commented 2012-01-05 20:10:03 -0500
    I can also co sponsor this proposal. Isabel Espinal, Amherst
  • Mike Heichman
    commented 2012-01-02 17:25:35 -0500
    1/02/12: After receiving some feedback, Proposal #9 has been changed by Mike Heichman to read, “9. The Membership and Diversity Comm. will encourage local chapters and GRP members to distribute our leaflet across the Commonwealth before Election Day.”
  • Nathanael Fortune
    commented 2011-12-31 15:26:49 -0500
    Petition 11-11 should not require much deliberation, given that our party already officially called for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana earlier this year:
  • Nathanael Fortune
    commented 2011-12-31 15:17:25 -0500
    I will co-sponsor this proposal. Nat Fortune, Franklin County Representative.
  • Nathanael Fortune
    published this page in 2012 Winter State Com Proposals 2011-12-31 15:13:28 -0500