SENATE, No. 26

By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by proposal, Senate, No. 26) of Cynthia S. Creem, Ruth B. Balser, Edward M. Augustus, Jr., James E. Timilty and other members of the General Court for legislation to amend the constitution to preserve civil rights and equal protection. The Judiciary.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the Year Two Thousand and Seven.


PROPOSAL FOR A LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION TO PRESERVE CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUAL PROTECTION

A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of General Court and approved by the people at the state next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT.

 

SECTION 1. Section 2 of part II, “Initiative Petitions,” of article XLVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution of the commonwealth is hereby amended by inserting in the first sentence after the words “religious institutions;” the following words:- or civil rights; 

SECTION 2.  Section 2 of part II, “Initiative Petitions,” of article XLVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution of the commonwealth is hereby amended by inserting in the third paragraph after the words “freedom of elections;” the following words:- the right to equal protection;

SECTION 3.  Section 2 of part III, “Referendum Petitions” of article XLVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution of the commonwealth is hereby amended by inserting in the first sentence after the words “religious institutions;” the following words:- or to civil rights and matters of equal protection;