Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Although the ballot question is non-binding, its results could lead to action.
The Board of Selectmen approved the wording Monday for the non-binding ballot question on overnight parking. As a result, Arlington voters will be presented with the following question, verbatim, at the polls at the Town Elections on Saturday, April 6. Question (#). This question is not binding. The board approved the wording 4-0 after a brief discussion, in which the wording was slightly altered. Selectman Diane Mahon was not present at the meeting. Selectman Steven Byrne, who proposed the idea of the question, said Monday that the results of the non-binding question will be analyzed. “I think this is a very strong way to move forward,” he said. Even though the question is non-binding, the board could take action based off its results. …
Friday, August 24, 2012
It's one question voters in the Commonwealth will answer in November.
Should terminally ill patients be allowed to be given lethal drugs at their request? That's one question Massachusetts voters will be expected to consider when they hit the voting booth in November, as the initiative, called "Death with Dignity," received enough signatures to be placed on the ballot. The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicating it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary. If passed, Massachusetts would join Oregon, Washington and Montana as the only states that allow assisted suicide. Should Massachusetts allow assisted suicide? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Voters will be asked to decide in November. Tell us where you stand on the issue today.
Should Massachusetts allow marijuana to be used and grown for medicinal purposes? That's one question voters in the Commonwealth will decide on when they cast ballots in November. The ballot initiative calls for Massachusetts to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with chronic medical problems. It also calls for treatment centers to be created to cultivate and distribute the drug. It isn't the first time Massachusetts voters have been asked to weigh in on marijuana law changes. In 2008, voters approved an initiative that reduced possession of small amount of marjuana from a criminal offense to a fine. Attorney General Martha Coakley, the state's top law enforcement official, said in April that, if passed, the initiative is "…