Groups in Mass. file 7 ballot question signaturesAP , Associated Press
Dec. 4, 2013 5:17 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of seven proposed ballot questions in Massachusetts have submitted certified signatures to the secretary of state's office.
The deadline for turning in the signatures, which had to be first certified by city and town clerks, was 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials will count the signatures to make sure that each group has the minimum 68,911 signatures needed to continue on in the process that could lead to the questions appearing on the November 2014 ballot, said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin.
No more than one-quarter of the signatures — or 17,228 — can be from a single Massachusetts county.
The proposed initiatives include ones that would repeal the state's casino gambling law, raise the minimum wage and expand the bottle deposit law to include sports drinks and other beverages.
Other proposed questions would limit the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, require hospitals to be transparent about financial holdings, create a statewide earned sick time policy and repeal a new law linking future hikes in the gas tax to the rate of inflation.
Wednesday isn't the final deadline in the process.
Another 11,485 new certified signatures are needed by July to secure a spot on the 2014 ballot if lawmakers fail to act on the questions by then.