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 and Attorney General's Determination/Summary of Petition link to PDF documents. Under the Current Status column, the following codes are used (petitions with codes beginning with "N" are no longer viable):

  • OB - On Ballot for November 2016, with Ballot Question Number Noted

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.

Below is a list of initiative petitions filed on or before the first Wednesday in August 2015 that have met all constitutional requirements and will appear on the statewide election ballot in November 2016.

PetitionPetition NameSponsor/Contact PersonAttorney General's Determination/
Summary of Petition
Current Status
15-34 pdf format of 15-34
An Act Relative to Expanded Gaming

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

Certified pdf format of 15-34 Summary
Certification affirmed by court pdf format of SJC Opinion 15-34.pdf
OB - Question 1
15-31 pdf format of 15-31
An Act to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools

Eileen O’Connor
eileen@keyserpublicstrategies.com

Certified pdf format of 15-31 Summary
OB - Question 2
15-11 pdf format of 15-11
An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals

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

Certified pdf format of 15-11 Summary
Certification affirmed by court pdf format of SJC Opinion 15-11.pdf
OB - Question 3
15-27 pdf format of 15-27
The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

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

Certified pdf format of 15-27 Summary
Certification affirmed by court pdf format of SJC Decision 15-27.pdf
OB - Question 4

 

Below is a list of initiative petitions filed on or before the first Wednesday in August 2016.  If all requirements are met, the questions posed by these petitions would appear on the statewide election ballot in November 2018 (proposed laws) or November 2020 (proposed constitutional amendments).

PetitionPetition NameSponsor/Contact PersonAttorney General's Determination/
Summary of Petition
Current Status
16-01 pdf format of 16-01
Corporations are not people and may be regulated. The General Court may limit political spending and contributions.Nick Bokron - 781-715-7822
info@passmassamendment.org
  
16-02 pdf format of 16-02
The Whale Safe Fishing ActRichard Maximus Strahan - 617-817-4402
maxxstrahan@gmail.com