Mass. Agents’ Auto Insurance Ballot Question Advances

By Johanna Kaiser | September 9, 2011

Nearly all of the proposed questions for Massachusetts’ 2012 state ballot have been given preliminary approval.

Attorney General Martha Coakley certified Wednesday 23 of the 31 initiative petitions filed with her office last month, allowing them to move on to the next round of the approval process.

The certified petitions include questions that would legalize medical marijuana, repeal part the state’s health care law, and ban using certain socio-economic factors to determine insurance rates.

Proposals that did not meet constitutional requirements include those aimed at requiring voters to show identification, repealing the state’s restraining order law, and legalizing casino gambling in the state.

Petitioners will have three months to collect nearly 69,000 signatures from registered voters to put their questions on the 2012 ballot.

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