Amherst League of Women Voters

A Voice for Citizens, a Force for Change

League Supports 2018 Ballot Initiatives

Nine of the citizen petition articles headed for the November 2018 state ballot are supported by League positions. 240,000 signatures are needed by 11/22 to get on the 2018 statewide ballot. Brief descriptions are given below; for more info visit LWVMA’s guide to the initiatives.

Active signature gathering for the following two petitions is taking place in our area now:

  • 17-17: An Initiative Petition for a Law Raising the Minimum Wage: would raise the state’s minimum wage. This proposed law would raise the state’s minimum wage, which was $11 per hour as of January 1, 2017, to $12 in 2019; $13 in 2020; $14 in 2021; and $15 in 2022.
  • 17-18: An Initiative Petition for a Law Establishing a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which would create a program to provide paid family and medical leave to Massachusetts workers.

If you would like to help with signature-gathering, here’s the schedule:

  • Fridays, 4-6 pm, Whole Foods, 327 Russell St, Hadley
  • Saturdays, 9-11am, Amherst Farmers’ Market

Two petitions deal with campaign financing. 17-13 and 17-14 would both impose limits on how much state, county, or local political candidates could accept in monetary contributions from political action committees organized outside Massachusetts or from individuals residing outside Massachusetts.  The 17-13 version adds limits on contributions to ballot question committees.

Four of the initiative petitions focus on clean & renewable energy. The proposed laws would create and amend programs to govern and promote the use of electricity generated from renewable energy resources.

  • 17-24 An Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to an Equitable Increase in Renewable Energy;
  • 17-25  for a Law Relative to an Equitable Increase in Solar Energy;
  • 17-26 for a Law Increasing Clean Energy Production in the Commonwealth – Version A; and
  • 17-27  for a Law Relative to an Equitable Increase in Solar Energy – Version B

A complete list of petitions filed can be found at the attorney general's web site under the tab "petitions filed".