And now for some 2016 election news that has nothing to do with the Donald.
The batch of questions that could end up on the Massachusettss ballot during the national election is set to come out of the legal winger this week.
Attorney General Maura Healey plans to release rulings on the proposals, 24 of which are still contenders for the ballot next year, on Wednesday. Her office is tasked with deciding whether initiatives are legally sound.
There are also nine proposals for amendments to the state constitution, which could end up on the ballot in 2018.
Among highlights, there are two groups that filed petitions related to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. They appear to be duking it out, disagreeing on some fundamentals about how to make pot legal. One, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, is pushing a tax-and-strongly-regulate approach, while Bay State Repeal is pushing for a more lax, less taxed environment for pot-users.
Another high-profile ballot question seeks to spike the state’s Common Core standards, the federal education plans that have long been a thorny subject for some parents and educators in the state. A group called End Common Core Massachusetts is leading that campaign.
Fans of fireworks could see celebratory explosives legalized through another ballot question, in an effort led by a teacher and former Gardner state rep.
Just because there are 24 proposals up for consideration doesn’t mean you’ll see two-dozen questions on the ballot in 2016. Usually only a few pass all the necessary hurdles, the biggest among them collecting tens of thousands of signatures from registered voters. Every election year since 2006, there have only been three, according to the AG’s Office.