Range of topics deemed eligible for 2020 ballot

By CHRIS LISINSKI, State House News Service  |  September 5, 2019

Potential ballot question campaigns were cleared for takeoff Wednesday, and voters next year could decide the fate of proposals dealing with immigration law enforcement, liability for gun crimes, ranked choice voting, and access to vehicle repair information, among others.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced her certification Wednesday of several initiative petitions as ballot eligible.

Healey also certified proposed constitutional amendments that would restore the voting rights of incarcerated Massachusetts felons and stipulate that there is no requirement for public funding of abortion. Those measures could reach the ballot in 2022 if supporters are able to clear significant hurdles before then. An income surtax on the wealthy, proposed as a legislative amendment to the constitution, is already on track for the 2022 ballot.

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