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Filed initiative petitions

Read petitions filed with the Attorney General’s Office.

Electronically filed petitions and contact information for petitioners are available for your review on this page. Printed copies of petitions with signatures are available for review at the Attorney General’s Office. Contact the Attorney General’s Office if you would like to review these copies.

18-01, The Whale Safe Fishing Act - Certified

Petitioner:

Richard Maximus Strahan
Whale Safe USA
P.O. Box 382408
Cambridge, MA 02238

617-817-4402
esistoo@yahoo.com

Petition 18-01

Certification letter

Summary prepared by the Attorney General's Office:

This proposed law would ban the use of commercial fishing gear likely to entangle whales and sea turtles.  Under the proposed law, the state Secretary of Environmental Affairs would be required to make an annual written scientific determination whether any type of fishing gear could reasonably be expected to entangle whales or sea turtles.  That year, the Director of the state Division of Marine Fisheries could allow only gear determined not to cause such entanglements to be used for commercial fishing.  The Director would be prohibited from licensing gear that uses vertical buoy ropes or gill nets or that suspends a curtain of mesh material in the ocean to capture fish without being actively towed.

Any member of the public could enforce the proposed law by seeking a court order barring the licensing or use of non-compliant fishing gear, monetary damages against the state to address harm to whales and sea turtles caused by such gear, and litigation costs. 

18-02, PassMassAmendment’s 2017 Initiative Petition Relative to Corporate Rights and Political Spending - Not Certified

Petitioner:

Nick Bokron
PassMassAmendment
P.O. Box 74
Nahant, MA  01908

781-715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com

Petition 18-02

Declination letter

18-03, PassMassAmendment’s 2018 Initiative Petition relative to political spending by non-residents of Massachusetts – Version A - Certified

Petitioner:

Nick Bokron
PassMassAmendment
P.O. Box 74
Nahant, MA  01908

781-715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com

Petition 18-03

Certification letter

Summary prepared by the Attorney General's Office:

This proposed law would limit monetary contributions that state, county, or local political candidates or ballot question committees could accept from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.

Under the proposed law, candidates could accept single contributions of up to $100 from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or up to $100 per year from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.  Individuals who reside outside Massachusetts could not give more than $1000 to Massachusetts candidates in one calendar year.

Ballot question committees could accept single contributions of up to $15,000 from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or single contributions of up to $100 from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.

18-04, PassMassAmendment’s 2018 Initiative Petition relative to political spending by non-residents of Massachusetts – Version B - Certified

Petitioner:

Nick Bokron
PassMassAmendment
P.O. Box 74
Nahant, MA  01908

781-715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com

Petition 18-04

Certification letter

Summary prepared by the Attorney General's Office:

This proposed law would limit monetary contributions that state, county, or local political candidates or ballot question committees could accept from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.

Under the proposed law, candidates could accept single contributions of up to $200 from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or up to $200 per year from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.  Individuals who reside outside Massachusetts could not give more than $1000 to Massachusetts candidates in one calendar year.

Ballot question committees could accept single contributions of up to $15,000 from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or single contributions of up to $200 from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.

18-05, PassMassAmendment’s 2018 Initiative Petition relative to political spending by non-residents of Massachusetts – Version C - Certified

Petitioner:

Nick Bokron
PassMassAmendment
P.O. Box 74
Nahant, MA  01908

781-715-7822
nbokron@gmail.com

Petition 18-05

Certification letter

Summary prepared by the Attorney General's Office:

This proposed law would limit monetary contributions that state, county, or local political candidates or ballot question committees could accept from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.

Under the proposed law, candidates could accept single contributions of up to $500 from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or up to $500 per year from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.  Individuals who reside outside Massachusetts could not give more than $1000 to Massachusetts candidates in one calendar year.

Ballot question committees could accept single contributions of up to $15,000 from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or single contributions of up to $500 from individuals who reside outside Massachusetts.

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