Ranked choice voting, right to repair, beer and wine at grocery stores and more: Massachusetts attorney general certifies 12 initiative petitions for ballot questions

By SHIRA SCHOENBERG  |  September 4, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday allowed 12 initiative petitions to move to the next step toward getting on the ballot. Healey disqualified four proposed ballot questions on the grounds that they were unconstitutional.

The potential 2020 ballot question that is generating the most controversy so far — updating the state’s right to repair law to include wirelessly transmitted information — was certified as constitutional.

Another question likely to draw the attention of powerful lobbying interests would allow grocery stores to obtain licenses to sell wine and beer. It would eventually eliminate the cap on how many alcohol licenses one retailer could own.

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