Massachusetts 2014 ballot measures

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Four statewide ballot measures are certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Massachusetts.

The 2014 legislative session began on January 14, 2014 and is projected to end on January 6, 2015. So far, no legislatively-referred constitutional amendments have been referred to the 2014 ballot.

A total of 33 initiatives filed for potential spots on the 2014 ballot in Massachusetts. However, many of these were repeat filings of nearly identical initiatives. Initiative sponsors sometimes file multiple versions of the same measure in order to increase the likelihood of it landing on the ballot. Of these 33, a total of 16 unique measures were filed, however 9 failed to meet the requirements necessary to move forward with the initiative process.

Five of the citizen initiatives remained in the running for a time, but, ultimately, only four were certified for the November ballot. Massachusetts has a complicated system of circulating and confirming initiatives for the ballot. Supporters of the measures first had to submit their initiative, signed by ten voters, to the Massachusetts Attorney General by August 7, 2013. The attorney general then had to determine whether the measure met the legal requirements for circulation.[1]

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 68,911 valid signatures by November 20, 2013 and submit them to local registrars for certification. Certified petitions were then successfully filed with the secretary of state on the December 4, 2013 deadline, after which the secretary of state determined whether enough valid signatures had been collected.[2] The Massachusetts General Court had until May 7, 2014 to either accept or reject the measure or take no action. No action was taken on any of the measures, therefore, the original supporters had to collect an additional 11,485 signatures and submit them to local registrars for certification by June 18, 2014. These signatures then had to be filed with the secretary of state no later than July 2, 2014.[1][3][4]

Four measures successfully survived this process, meaning that voters will decide on the following issues in the November election:

Historical facts

  • Since 1990, an average of four measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Massachusetts. Therefore, 2014 is an average year, based on the number of certified measures.
  • The number of measures on statewide ballots since 1990 has ranged from one to eight.
  • Since 1990, 25 of 46, or 54 percent, of Massachusetts ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 21 of 46, or 46 percent, of measures have been defeated.

On the ballot

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Question 1 Gas taxes Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation
CISS Question 2 Environment Expands the state’s beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers
CISS Question 3 Gambling Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos
CISS Question 4 Labor Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

The following measures will not appear on the 2014 ballot. Two measures, 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. One withdrew after turning in signatures because the legislature acted favorably on their issue and raised the minimum wage. The remaining two failed to collect enough valid signatures.


Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Corporations are not People Initiative Business Adds to the constitution provisions regarding corporate involvement in politics Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA 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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Decrease State Sales Tax Initiative Taxes Decreases the state sales tax rate from 6.25% to 5% Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Initiative Business Requires labeling for genetically modified foods Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS New Hire Incentive Initiative Taxes Provides corporate taxpayers with a tax credit for each newly hired employee Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Prohibit Deployment of State National Guard Initiative War & Peace Prohibits the governor from deploying the state national guard outside state borders Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Repeal of Sales Tax on Computer Technology Initiative Taxes Eliminates sales and use taxes on computer system design services Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Permanent Daylight Saving Time Initiative Time Makes daylight savings time the year-round standard time in the state Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Minimum Wage Increase Initiative Minimum wage Increases the minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over two years Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Nurses to Patients Ratio Initiative Healthcare Limits how many patients can be assigned to a registered nurse in hospitals and certain other facilities Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


See also

Massachusetts

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