2015-2016 Petitions

Below is a list of initiative petitions filed with the Attorney General's Office and the Attorney General's certification decisions.

To view a particular petition, including more information on how to contact its sponsors, and to view summaries of certified petitions and explanatory letters responding to legal issues raised by members of the public regarding some petitions, click on the Petition Number links below.

All links found within this table under the Petition Number and Attorney General's Decision link to PDF documents. Under the Current Status column, the following codes are used (petitions with codes beginning with "N" are no longer viable):

  • NC - Not Certified by Attorney General
  • IL - In Litigation
  • NCSD - Not Circulated for Signatures by December 2015
  • NESD - Not Enough Signatures filed by the December 2015 deadline
  • ESD - Enough Signatures filed by the December 2015 deadline
  • NESJ - Not Enough Signatures filed by the July 2016 deadline
  • OB - On Ballot for November 2016, with Ballot Question Number Noted

The table below will be updated as information is received. An asterisk (*) next to an item indicates the electronic version is not yet available.

The documents listed below are the electronically submitted versions of the initiative petitions filed with the Attorney General’s Office.  Officially filed copies with signatures are available for review at the Attorney General’s Office.

Petition NumberPetition NameSponsor's Contact PersonAttorney General's DecisionCurrent Status
15-01 pdf format of 15-01
Constitutional Amendment to Provide for Non-Partisan Election and Service of the Attorney GeneralJohn B. Miller - (339) 221-0401
jbmiller33@gmail.com
 Action on this petition will be deferred at the filer’s request
15-02  pdf format of 15-02
file size 2MBAn Act for a Private Sector Funded OlympicsEvan Falchuk
efalchuk@unitedindependent.org
 Withdrawn
15-03  pdf format of 15-03
Constitutional Amendment Corporations Are Not People and May Be Regulated.  Money is Not Free Speech and May Be Regulated

Nicholas J. Bokron – (781) 715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com

  
15-04  pdf format of 15-04
Constitutional Amendment Corporations Are Not People and May be Regulated.  The General Court May Limit Political Spending and ContributionsNicholas J. Bokron – (781) 715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com
  
15-05 pdf format of 15-05
Constitutional Amendment Regarding the Public Funding of AbortionThomas M. Harvey - (617) 710-3616
tharveyesq@aol.com
  
15-06 pdf format of 15-06
Paid Parental LeaveHargeet Chani – (508) 429-3834
hargeet@massreform.org
 Withdrawn
15-07 pdf format of 15-07
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Animal Shelter Record Keeping

Pearl Cohen – (508) 807-0356
PearlCohen@comcast.net

  
15-08 pdf format of 15-08
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to the Reduction of Euthanasia in Animal Shelters (Version A)Pearl Cohen – (508) 807-0356
PearlCohen@comcast.net
  
15-09 pdf format of 15-09
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to the Reduction of Euthanasia in Animal Shelters (Version B)Pearl Cohen – (508) 807-0356
PearlCohen@comcast.net
  
15-10 pdf format of 15-10
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Public RecordsWilliam F. Galvin – (617) 787-3757  
15-11 pdf format of 15-11
An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals

Thomas O. Bean – (617) 309-2600
tbean@verrilldana.com

  
15-12 pdf format of 15-12
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Ending Common Core Education Standards

Donna Colorio – (508) 450-0104
dcolorio@gmail.com

  
15-13 pdf format of 15-13
Constitutional Amendment Corporations are not people and may be regulated. Money is not free speech and may be regulated.Nicholas J. Bokron – (781) 715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com
  
15-14 pdf format of 15-14
Constitutional Amendment Corporations are not people and may be regulated.  The General Court may limit political spending and contributions.Nicholas J. Bokron – (781) 715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com
  
15-15 pdf format of 15-15
Constitutional Amendment Corporations are not people and may be regulated.  The General Court may limit political spending and contributions.Nicholas J. Bokron – (781) 715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com
  
15-16 pdf format of 15-16
Constitutional Amendment Corporations are not people and may be regulated.  The General Court may limit political spending and contributions.Nicholas J. Bokron – (781) 715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com
  
15-17 pdf format of 15-17
An Initiative Petition for an Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth to Provide Resources for Education and Transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of One Million DollarsHarris L. Gruman – (617) 909-4698  
15-18 pdf format of 15-18
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Renewable Energy

John Joseph Gannon – (508) 769-2593
johnjosephgannon@gmail.com

  
15-19 pdf format of 15-19
Massachusetts Fair Health Care Pricing Act

Veronica Turner – (617) 284-1199
tim.foley@1199.org

  
15-20 pdf format of 15-20
Massachusetts Equitable Health Care Pricing ActVeronica Turner – (617) 284-1199
tim.foley@1199.org
  
15-21 pdf format of 15-21
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to: Preventing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Counties, Municipal Entities, and Public Institutions from working with Holocaust Denial Organizations

Stephen Babbitt – (413) 209-7884
Stephenbabbitt@gmail.com

  
15-22 pdf format of 15-22
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Establishing the Sales and Use of Consumer Fireworks in the Commonwealth

Richard Bastien – (978) 410-9811
repbastien@gmail.com

  
15-23 pdf format of 15-23
Law Ending Marihuana Prohibition for Persons 21 Years of Age or Older
(VERSION A)

Steven S. Epstein – (978) 758-6231
epeggs@aol.com

  
15-24 pdf format of 15-24
Law Ending Marihuana Prohibition for Persons 21 Years of Age or Older
(VERSION B)
Steven S. Epstein – (978) 758-6231
epeggs@aol.com
  
15-25 pdf format of 15-25
Law Ending Marihuana Prohibition for Persons 21 Years of Age or Older
(VERSION C)
Steven S. Epstein – (978) 758-6231
epeggs@aol.com
  
15-26 pdf format of 15-26
Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Solar and Renewable Energy

Doug Pope – (617) 337-0199
doug.pope@popeenergy.com

  
15-27 pdf format of 15-27
The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

Will Luzier – (617) 584-1650
wluzier@regulatemassachusetts.org

  
15-28 pdf format of 15-28
file size 1MBThe Whale Safe Fishing Act

Richard Maximus Strahan
maxxstrahan@gmail.com

  
15-29 pdf format of 15-29
An Act to Eliminate Double Taxation on the Sale of Tobacco Products (Version A)

Geoffrey Yalenezian – (508) 560-0352
BrennanSmokeShop@yahoo.com

  
15-30 pdf format of 15-30
An Act to Eliminate Double Taxation on the Sale of Tobacco Products (Version B)Geoffrey Yalenezian – (508) 560-0352
BrennanSmokeShop@yahoo.com
  
15-31 pdf format of 15-31
An Act to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools

Eileen O’Connor
eileen@keyserpublicstrategies.com

  
15-32 pdf format of 15-32
An Act to Make the Legislature Accountable to the People

John F. Ribeiro – (617) 981-4177
johnfribeiro@gmail.com

  
15-33 pdf format of 15-33
file size 4MBInitiative Petition for a Law Relative to Studying Radiation Health and Safety Risks for Protective Measures

Kirstin R. Beatty – (413) 536-3505
krzbeatty@yahoo.com

  
15-34 pdf format of 15-34
An Act Relative to Expanded Gaming

Eugene McCain – (978) 972-8156
eugeneamccain@gmail.com

  
15-35 pdf format of 15-35
An Initiative Petition for a Law Relating to Fairer Scheduling for Workers

Lawrence Carpman
larry@northwindstrategies.com