Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Jamaica Plain voted more strongly in favor of physician assisted suicide and medical marijuana than the state as a whole.
While state-wide the ballot measure to allow physician assisted suicide appears to have failed, JP voters would have approved it. State-wide the numbers ran about 51-49 for and against Ballot Question 2. But in JP, support for what supporters call "death with dignity" reached 63 percent. On the medical marijuana front, more JP residents just said yes than in the rest of the Bay State. State-wide the measure passed with about 63 percent in favor. Jamaica Plain said yes at a 79 percent clip.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters made decisions on car repairs, assisted suicide and medical marijuana in the statewide election.
Question 1: Right to Repair Voters approved the “Right to Repair” ballot question, which would give consumers more choices when fixing a car in today's election. According to numbers on boston.com, 85 percent of voters approved the question, with 51 percent of the state reporting at 10:15 p.m. The initiative requires automakers to make computer software codes for repairs more accessible to independent repair shops and car owners by 2015. But in July, state legislators devised a compromise that would give carmakers until 2018 to comply with the new law, according to a Boston Globe report. By approving Question 1, voters trumped that compromise and enacted the “Right to Repair” act as written on the ballot. “Voters sent a clear message to …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Advocates on both sides of the issue are urging voters not to override the compromise bill passed this summer.
In light of a compromise bill passed July 31, both sides of the "right to repair" debate have begun a campaign to urge voters not to vote on the ballot question next month. Though the Legislature passed a compromise bill, the deadline for removing the question from the ballot had passed weeks earlier, on July 3. "Although it was too late to take this question off the ballot, people can feel confident that the issue has been addressed by the Legislature," Art Kinsman, the spokesman for the Right to Repair Coalition, said at the State House last week. Under the bill, automakers would be required make available to independent mechanics all repair codes and other diagnostic information but have time to satisfy a mandate that all new cars …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Votes will be asked in the November election to vote on Question 2, which if passed, would allow physicians to prescribe medicine to end a terminally ill patient's life.
As part of the November election, voters will have a chance to move in favor or against a question regarding medication for terminally ill patients. The proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life, according to Secretary of State William F. Galvin's website. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who is determined, medically, to be mentally capable of making and communicating health care decisions; be diagnosed by attending and consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and voluntarily expresses a wish to die and …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Bill could nullify the need for the issue to be on the ballot this fall.
A bill sent to the governor's desk this week could take one of the three questions off the ballot this November. Last Tuesday, the final day of the Legislative session, the two sides in the "Right to Repair" debate reached an agreement that could make the fall vote unnecessary. According to the bill, automakers would be required make available to independent mechanics all repair codes and other diagnostic information but have time to satisfy a mandate that all new cars sold in Massachusetts include an onboard diagnostic and repair information system that can be accessed from a laptop computer, according to the Boston Herald. Thursday the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Global Automakers sent Gov. Deval Patrick a letter urging him to…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The secretary of state approved the three questions on Wednesday
The secretary of state's office Wednesday finalized the questions that will be put on this fall's ballot. Though four questions had gathered enough signatures and met the deadlines to be placed on the ballot, one regarding teacher evaluation was resolved in the Legislature last month, leaving three for Secretary of State William Galvin to sign. They are: