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Massachusetts Attorney General reviews 30 initiative petitions
BOSTON, Massachusetts: Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts, completed an official review of 30 initiative petitions on September 3, 2009, 25 of which were proposed laws. The rest of the submitted petitions were proposed constitutional amendments. Coakley’s office approved 25 petitions, which allows supporters to move forward with signature gathering, which must be done by December 2, 2009.
Petition circulators must gather 66, 593 signatures from state residents in order to have their petitions reviewed by the legislature. For constitutional amendments to be placed on a ballot, at least 25 percent of the state legislature must approve of the petitions in 2010, and once more in 2011 for them to put on the November 2012 ballot.