At the LWVMA 2017 Convention, our membership approved a new state study of the ballot question process in Massachusetts, which will be conducted over the next two years. We are currently putting together a new study committee to develop study materials and questions. Local League consensus meetings will likely be in the fall of 2018 through early 2019, leading to a position presented to Convention in 2019.
What will the committee study?
- The stated goals of ballot questions as outlined in the MA constitution
- Money spent on ballot questions and spending trends
- Signature requirements to start the process and to get a question on the ballot
- The length, subject matter and complexity of ballot questions
- Regulations around accepting and rejecting signatures
- Procedures in other states
- Procedures for changing current laws and procedures
- Other areas identified during the study process
How do I join the committee?
- Complete the application by July 15
- Interviews with applicants will be conducted in August
- The study committee will begin its work in early fall
- The committee will do most of its work during the 2017-2018 academic year
What will the committee do?
- Hold regular teleconferences and possibly some in-person meetings
- Research the processes involved in Massachusetts ballot questions; independent and group research
- Produce background materials:
- Background materials for local Leagues and Members-at-Large
- Consensus questions and study guide
- Presentation materials for consensus meetings
- Proposed steps to take action on a new position (if adopted)
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .