Four referendum questions have moved a step closer to being on the ballot in Massachusetts next November.
These questions would ban greyhound racing, decriminalize marijuana, repeal the state's income tax, and repeal portions of a development law known as Chapter 40B.
Advocates of the questions needed to get at least 66,593 signatures by November 21 - an amount equal to three percent of the ballots cast in last year's Gubernatorial election. The town and city clerks in the 351 cities and towns have until Monday, the 26th, to certify the signatures. The Secretary of State then has until Wednesday, the 28th, to accept the signatures.
If the Secretary of State determines that the questions have received sufficient signatures, the legislature then has until the first Wednesday in May to pass the questions into law. If the legislature does not enact the questions, advocates then must obtain another 11,099 signatures - 0.5 percent of the 2006 Gubernatorial ballots - by June 18 in order for the questions to appear on the November ballot.
Update, October 2008: Only the first three questions - banning greyhound racing, decriminalizing marijuana, and eliminating the state income tax - have made it onto the November ballot. The Eisenthal Report has weighed in on Question 1, which would eliminate the state income tax - TER emphatically urges a "No" vote.