Massachusetts 2014 ballot measures
- Since 1990, an average of 4 measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Massachusetts. Therefore, 2014 is a below average year based on the currently certified measures.
- The number of measures on a state-wide ballot since 1990 have ranged from 1 to 8.
- Since 1990, 25 of 46 or 54.35% of Massachusetts ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 21 of 46 or 45.65% of measures have been defeated.
Seven ballot measures may appear on the ballot in 2014.
Supporters of the seven initiated state statutes must each gather a total of 80,396 over two circulation periods. In period one, petitioners needed to gather 68,911 valid signatures by November 20, 2013 and submit these to them to local registrars for certification. Next, all seven potential were submitted to the secretary of state, who confirmed the measures had each garnered enough signatures, thereby completing phase one. Now, the Massachusetts Legislature has until the May 7, 2014 to address the initiated statutes. If the legislature does not adopt the given initiative, then supporters have until July 2, 2014 to submit an additional 11,485 signatures to place the measure on the ballot for constituents to vote on at the November 4, 2014 general election.
|CISS||Nurses to Parents Ratio Initiative||Healthcare||Limits how many patients can be assigned to a registered nurse in hospitals and certain other facilities|
|CISS||Paid Sick Days Initiative||Labor||Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days|
|CISS||Minimum Wage Increase Initiative||Minimum wage||Increases the minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over two years|
|CISS||Casino Repeal Initiative||Gambling||Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos|
|CISS||Expansion of Bottle Deposits Initiative||Environment||Expands the state’s beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers|
|CISS||Automatic Gas Tax Increase Repeal Initiative||Gas taxes||Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation|
|CISS||Regulation of Hospital Operating Margins and CEO Compensation Initiative||Business||Regulates the annual operating margins, CEO compensation and finical asset disclosures of certain health-care facilities that accept state funds|
Not on the ballot
The following measures will not appear on the 2014 ballot. Two measure, one on corporate personhood and one regarding GMOs, were not certified by the Office of the Attorney General and thus were ineligible to appear on the ballot. Seven others failed to file signatures with the Secretary of State by the necessary date.
|Corporations are not People Initiative||Business||Adds to the constitution provisions regarding corporate involvement in politics|
|Constitutional Guarantee of Health Care Initiative||Health Care||Adds constitutional provision ensuring that all residents have access to “comprehensive, affordable and equitably financed” health care|
|CISS||Decrease State Sales Tax Initiative||Taxes||Decreases the state sales tax rate from 6.25% to 5%|
|CISS||Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Initiative||Business||Requires labeling for genetically modified foods|
|CISS||New Hire Incentive Initiative||Taxes||Provides corporate taxpayers with a tax credit for each newly hired employee|
|CISS||Prohibit Deployment of State National Guard Initiative||War & Peace||Prohibits the governor from deploying the state national guard outside state borders|
|CISS||Whale and Sea Turtle Protection Initiative||Environment||Prohibits Division of Marine Fisheries from authorizing commercial use of fishing gear known to harm whales and sea turtles|
|CISS||Repeal of Sales Tax on Computer Technology Initiative||Taxes||Eliminates sales and use taxes on computer system design services|
|CISS||Permanent Daylight Saving Time Initiative||Time||Makes daylight savings time the year-round standard time in the state|
- 2014 ballot measures
- List of Massachusetts ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts signature requirements
- Massachusetts Attorney General petition filings and status
- Massachusetts Attorney General, "Initiative Petition Process, 2013-2014"
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