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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bill HD.4981 191st (2019 - 2020)

An Act relating to ballot nominations during the state of emergency due to COVID-19

By Mr. Kearney of Scituate, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Patrick Joseph Kearney and others for legislation to decrease the current signature requirements through the 2020 election for certain candidates for public office. Election Laws.

Bill Information

Patrick Joseph Kearney
Referred to House Committee on Rules

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to decrease current signatures requirements for candidates for public office in Massachusetts given that Governor Baker has declared a state of emergency in relation to COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have advised people worldwide to social distance as much as possible, the current signatures requirements for candidates for public office in Massachusetts are no longer attainable without extreme recklessness toward public health , therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety and health.

Docket History

Displaying 2 actions for Bill HD.4981
Date Branch Action
4/15/2020 House Referred to the committee on House Rules
1/5/2021 House No further action taken

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