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In early August,
submitted* 6 versions of petition language. Pending the outcome of the Attorney General's September 2nd certification notification, the version below (3.2) is the one we have chosen to present publicly, and will petition with this fall if the AGO declines to certify any of the proposed versions; however, if the AGO does certify one of the 6 submittals, we agreed to petition with that certified version.
Here is the text of the 2015 PMA Petition Language - pending approval:
2015 Initiative Petition
relative to corporate rights and political spending, for a constitutional amendment to the
Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
to declare that
"Corporations are not people and may be regulated. The General Court may limit political spending and contributions.”
The Constitution of the Commonwealth is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following Article of Amendment:
Section 1 -
Corporations are not people and may be regulated. The rights afforded to the
human inhabitants of this Commonwealth, under this Constitution, are not applicable to any corporation, corporate entity or artificial person. Any references to persons, citizens, inhabitants, subjects, men, women, people, individuals or like terms in this Constitution are not to be construed in any way to be referring to a corporation, corporate entity or artificial person. All corporations, corporate entities or artificial persons shall do business in Massachusetts under the regulation of laws passed by the Massachusetts General Court, which shall set the rights of such entities to do business to promote the common good and strengthen the social compact of this Commonwealth.
Section 2 -
The Massachusetts General Court may regulate and set reasonable limits on all political contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no individual gains more access or ability to influence in any way, the election of any candidate for public office, or any ballot measure. The Massachusetts General Court shall require that any and all permissible contributions and expenditures, including late donations, be publicly disclosed, in a timely manner, for the purpose of informing the people, before any vote is held.
Section 3 -
Nothing contained in this Amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
* SIX versions of the PMA petition were submitted to the Attorney General's Office (AGO) for certification; however, we will only be asking the Secretary of State and the Elections Division to print ONE of them. We aim to go with the one we have chosen, today UNLESS any one of the versions is certified by the AGO - for then we will use the certified version. We will end up with just ONE 2015 PMA petition.
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