State Rep. Jay Kaufman will look at two of the three November ballot questions with pro and con panelists from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at the historic Depot in Lexington Center.
Death With Dignity
Thursday, September 20, 2012
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, June 20, 2012
Ballot to be finalized by Attorney General's office on July 3.
Of the 31 initiatives put forth for the fall ballot, only four both have enough signatures and have been certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley in order to make it on the ballot by the July 3 deadline. And of those, one looks likely to be resolved by the Legislature before that date. The initiative that appears likely to reach resolution is called "An Act Promoting Excellence in Public Schools." Backed by Stand for Children Massachusetts, it involves retaining and promoting teachers based on performance reviews and test scores rather than seniority. Proponents say it will raise teaching standards and make it easier for schools to fire ineffective teachers. But opponents, which include the Massachusetts Teachers Association, say that …