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Citizen Petition

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Constitutional Convention finished for the year

by mafamily

A Constitutional Convention took place today at the State House and was dissolved for the remainder of the legislative term. Though we didn’t expect any votes to take place, MFI was there to closely monitor the proceedings because of two onerous proposals to amend the state constitution: Senate Bill 12 – This amendment, in plain […]

ConCon promptly adjourns to June 6

by mafamily

A Constitutional Convention took place today at the State House and was postponed until Wednesday, June 6. MFI was there to closely monitor the proceedings because of two onerous proposals to amend the state constitution: Senate Bill 12 – This amendment, in plain English, would essentially eliminate the citizen initiative process because there are very […]

A shifting strategy on fighting casino gambling

by mafamily

  Dear Friends of the Family, This week we received the news we partially expected, but had hoped would not come. Attorney General Martha Coakley has determined that the newly passed casino bill is an appropriations bill and thereby, per the MA Constitution, exempt from a citizens petition effort to repeal the law. In a […]

Ballot Initiative Primer

by mafamily

Friends of the Family, I have told you briefly about some of the initiative petitions that you may run into while going to the grocery store or post office, but I think it is important that you as a voter know all of the petitions that concern traditional family values. In August, there were 31 […]

ConCon gone in 30 seconds

by mafamily

Friends, It looks like I spoke too soon about the Governor’s Council finally being a place where conservatives have a voice. As if on cue, there is a movement on Beacon Hill to disband the Governor’s Council now that Republicans have finally broken through and occupy a quarter of the seats. It will take a […]

Testimony in Opposition to SB12

by mafamily

Testimony in Opposition to SB 12, A Proposal for a Legislative Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth relative to the subject matter of initiative petition Joint Committee on the Judiciary April 14, 2011 As a public policy organization, Massachusetts Family Institute strongly opposes Senate Bill 12 to amend Article 48 to not allow any […]

Values, fiscal conservatives join in opposition to petition bill

by mafamily

On Wednesday, fiscal conservatives and values conservatives testified side-by-side against a bill before the Legislature that would more than double the number of signatures needed to repeal a law or amend the constitution. The proposed constitutional amendment, sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville), would raise the number of signatures needed from 3% to 7% of […]

Mineau Testimony on HB 1830 and Referendum Process

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TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION TO HB 1830 TO AMEND ARTICLE 48, THE PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE PETITION AND REFERENDUM PROCESS Joint Committee on Election Laws March 23, 2011 HB 1830 would more than double the required number of signatures for an initiative petition to amend the Constitution as well as those required for a referendum to repeal […]

Bill would limit voter rights

by mafamily

Important Election Laws Committee Hearing next Wednesday, March 23 The Joint Committee on Election Laws will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, March 23, starting at 1:30 pm in Hearing Room B-1 on HB 1830 that would more than double the required number of signatures for an initiative petition to amend the constitution as well […]