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CALENDAR

OF THE

JOINT SESSION OF THE TWO HOUSES

FOR

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2016

[At one o’clock P.M.]

[CONTINUATION OF RECESSED SESSION
OF MAY 13, 2015 AND OCTOBER 21, 2015.]


[CONCURRENTLY ASSIGNED FOR CONSIDERATION.]

[All amendments to be offered should be drafted so that the line numbers correspond with the line numbers in the printed Convention Calendar and not with the printed proposals.]


1.  On the following proposal (see Senate, No. 53), the committee on Election Laws has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Kennedy – Mahoney.]
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to corporate rights and political spending.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     ARTICLE CXXI

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Section 1. Corporations are not people and may be regulated. The

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rights afforded to the human inhabitants of the Commonwealth, under

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this Constitution, are not applicable to corporations, limited liability

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companies, any corporate entity or any artificial person. Any references

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to persons, citizens, inhabitants, subjects, men, women, people,

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individuals or like terms in this Constitution, are not to be construed in

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any way to be referring to a corporation, limited liability company, any

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corporate entity or any artificial person. Corporations, limited liability

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companies, any corporate entity or any artificial person, shall do

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business in this state under the regulation of laws passed by the

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legislature which shall set the rights of such entities to do business

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to promote the common good and strengthen the social compact of this

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Commonwealth.

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     Section 2. Money is not free speech and may be regulated. To protect 

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the political process and the functioning of government to serve in the

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best interests of the citizens of the Commonwealth, money shall not be

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considered free speech. The legislature shall have the power to regulate

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the raising and spending of money and inkind equivalents for any

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primary or election of a public official and for ballot measures. This shall

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include regulation of any advertising for or against any candidate in a

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primary or election for public office and any ballot measure.

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Section 3. Nothing contained in this Amendment shall be construed

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to abridge the freedom of the press.

2.  On the following proposal (see Senate, No. 61), the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Lovely – Kocot.] (Senator Tarr and Representatives Gordon of Bedford and Dubois of Brockton dissent.)
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution requiring a supermajority vote for the utilization of rainy day funds.

A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     The constitution is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the

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following new article:- In the furtherance of the foregoing powers, the

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general court shall have the power to appropriate funds held, in the

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stabilization fund, so-called, as provided for by section 2H of chapter 29,

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and shall expend those funds in said manner provided that said funds

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shall be expend in laws enacted by a two thirds vote, taken by yeas and

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nays, of each branch of the General Court.

3.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 567), the committee on Election Laws has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Kennedy – Mahoney.]
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution for an independent redistricting commission.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     Article CI of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution of the

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Commonwealth is hereby annulled, and the following is adopted in place

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thereof:--

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Article CI

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     SECTION 1. The house of representatives shall consist of 160

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members, each of whom shall be elected from one representative district. 

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Every representative shall have been an inhabitant of the district for

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which he is chosen for at least one year at least immediately preceding

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his election and shall cease to represent such district when he shall ceases

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to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth; provided, however, that for the

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first redistricting following the adoption of this article, the general court

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may suspend the residency requirement of this section.

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     SECTION 2. The senate shall consist of 40 members, each of whom

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shall be elected from one senatorial district. Every senator shall have

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been an inhabitant of the commonwealth for at least five years

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immediately preceding his election and shall be an inhabitant of the

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district for which he has been selected at the time of his election and shall

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cease to represent such senatorial district when he ceases to be an of the

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inhabitant commonwealth.

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     SECTION 3. The manner of calling and conducting the elections for

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the choice of representatives, senators, and councilors, and of

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ascertaining their election, shall be prescribed by law.

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     SECTION 4. The federal census shall be the basis for determining the

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representative, senatorial, and governor’s council districts for the ten year

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period beginning with the first Wednesday of the third January following

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the commencement of the taking of said census.

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     SECTION 5. In the year after each census is commenced, and only in

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that year, an independent redistricting commission, herein referred to as

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the commission, shall be convened and shall divide the commonwealth

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into 160 representative districts, 40 senatorial districts, and eight

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councilor districts. All districts shall comprise contiguous territory, shall

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be equal in population to the extent required by law, and shall comply

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with federal constitutional and statutory requirements. No district shall be

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drawn for the purpose or with the effect of diluting the voting strength of

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any group based on race, ethnicity or language minority status, or for the

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purpose of augmenting or diluting the voting strength of a political party,

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or any individual. In drawing district lines, the commission shall not

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consider residential address, party affiliation, or partisan voting history of

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any individual or groups of individuals, except to the extent necessary to

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avoid dilution of voting strength based on race, ethnicity or language

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minority status. In addition, to the maximum extent possible, district

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boundaries shall be drawn so as to: (1) maintain the unity of well-defined

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municipal neighborhoods; (2) observe municipal boundaries; (3)

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establish senatorial districts that follow representative district

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boundaries; (4) establish councilor districts that follow representative

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district boundaries and (5) promote geographic compactness of districts.

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If it is not possible to draw district boundaries that fully comply with

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these criteria while also complying with the mandatory requirements

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set forth herein, then districts shall be drawn to optimize the criteria in

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the order of priority set forth hereinabove. The commission shall also

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consider communities of interest in determining which cities, towns, or

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neighborhoods thereof to aggregate into a single district.

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     SECTION 6. (a) The commission shall consist of seven member

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commissioners. On or before January 15 of the year following the

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commencement of the federal census, the following offices shall each

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appoint one member of the commission: the governor of the

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commonwealth, who shall appoint a dean or professor of law or political

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science or government at an institution of higher learning in the

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commonwealth; the attorney general of the commonwealth, who shall

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appoint a retired justice who resides in the commonwealth; and the

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secretary of the commonwealth, who shall appoint an expert in civil

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rights law who is a resident of the commonwealth.

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     (b) By the same date, the house speaker, the house minority leader,

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the senate president, and the senate minority leader shall each nominate

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three individuals. The appointees chosen by the governor, attorney

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general, and secretary of the commonwealth shall then select one of the

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three nominees named by each said official.

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     (c) If nominations or appointments are not made by January 15 of

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such year, the office responsible for making the appointment or

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nominations shall forfeit its rights under this section and the remaining

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direct appointees shall then make an appointment to fill the vacancy.

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Nominations and appointments shall reflect the geographic, racial,

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ethnic, gender, and age diversity of the commonwealth to the maximum

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extent feasible and shall be selected on the basis of civic involvement and

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knowledge of redistricting policy, civil rights, political science,

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demographics or statistics, election expertise, voting rights, community

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organizing, or law. No person nominated or appointed to the commission,

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in the five years preceding such nomination or appointment, shall have

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held Congressional, state legislative or statewide elective office, or

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shall have served as mayor or city councilor of a city in the

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commonwealth, governor’s councilor, or shall have been elected to a

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state or federal party committee; or shall be a current employee, agent

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or family member of any of the above; or, in the two years preceding

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such nomination or appointment, shall have been a legislative agent.

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The commissioners shall agree: (1) not to stand for election to the

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general court, congress, or the governor’s council until districts are

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redrawn following the next census; (2) to apply the provisions of this

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article in an honest, independent, and impartial fashion; and (3) to act at

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all times so as to uphold public confidence in the integrity of the

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redistricting process.

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     SECTION 7. The commission shall be convened no later than

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February 15 of the year following the commencement of the decennial

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census. The commission shall disband only upon final adoption and

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exhaustion of judicial review of challenges to representative, councilor,

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and senatorial districts.

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     SECTION 8. The commission shall hire staff and may retain experts

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to assist it in the performance of its duties. The commission shall

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establish rules governing its operation and procedures. Commissioners

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may receive compensation for actual time spent on commission duties

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and shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses. The

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budget of the commonwealth shall provide adequate funding for the

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operation of the commission.

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     SECTION 9. A member of the commission or an appointing authority

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may petition the supreme judicial court to remove a commissioner on the

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grounds of neglect, misconduct, or inability to perform the duties of a

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commissioner. A vacancy so created shall be filled by the office which

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appointed the removed commissioner or by the nomination and selection

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process set forth in section 6, as applicable.

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     SECTION 10. All meetings of the commission shall be open to the

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public, consistent with the laws of the commonwealth concerning open

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meetings as of the date of the adoption of this Article. All documents

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produced by or for the commission shall be public. The commission shall

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hold public hearings in at least five geographically disbursed counties.

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The public shall be afforded the opportunity to submit proposed maps for

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consideration by the commission and the commission shall make map-

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making software available for public use. The commission shall take all

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steps necessary to ensure that the public can exercise its right to review

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and comment on proposed district maps before they are approved and

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shall publish all preliminary and final plans in publicly accessible forums

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that are free of charge and that ensure wide public distribution. Proposed

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districts shall be presented in both graphic and narrative form.

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     SECTION 11. (a) Within 120 days of the completion of the decennial

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census, the commission shall prepare and publish for public comment

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a preliminary plan for representative, councilor, and senatorial districts.

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The public shall have a three-week period to comment on the

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preliminary district plan. The commission may revise the preliminary

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district plan in response to public comment and shall submit the revised

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plan to the general court, which shall vote on the revised plan. If the plan

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plan is rejected, the commission shall prepare, publish, revise, and submit

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a second-round preliminary district plan in the same manner as the first.

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Following the period for public comment, the commission shall submit

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the revised plan to the general court for a vote. If the general court votes

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to reject the second-round plan, the commission shall prepare, publish,

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revise, and submit a third-round preliminary district plan, in the same

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manner as the first. If the general court rejects the third-round plan, then

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the commission shall prepare, publish, and revise a fourth-round plan in

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the same manner. The plan, so revised, shall become law without

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submission to or approval by the general court.

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     (b) With respect to each plan the commission submits to the general

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court for a vote, the vote must be taken within two weeks of submission.

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No amendments to the plan as submitted may be made. If the plan is

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approved by a majority of the members of the house of representatives

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and the senate present and voting or if no vote is taken within the two-

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week period, then the plan as submitted shall become law.

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     SECTION 12. Original jurisdiction is hereby vested in the supreme

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judicial court upon the petition of any voter of the commonwealth for

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judicial relief relative to the establishment of the representative,

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councilor, and senatorial districts. The general court may by law limit the

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time within which judicial proceedings may be instituted to challenge

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any redistricting map.

4.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 933), the committee on the Judiciary has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Brownsberger – Fernandes.] (Senators Creem and Jehlen and Representative Day of Stoneham dissent.)
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people, money is not speech.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     Corporations are not people and may be regulated. The rights

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afforded to the human inhabitants of the commonwealth, under this

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constitution, are not applicable to corporations, limited liability

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companies or any other corporate entity. Any references to persons,

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citizens, inhabitants, subjects, men, people, individuals or like terms in

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this constitution, are not to be construed in any way to be referring to a

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corporation, limited liability company or any other corporate entities.

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     Corporations, limited liability companies and any other corporate

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entity shall do business in this state under the regulation of laws passed

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by the general court which shall set the rights of such entities to do

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business to promote the common good and strengthen the social

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compact of this commonwealth.

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     Money is not free speech and may be regulated. To protect our

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political process and the functioning of government to serve in the best

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interests of the citizens of the commonwealth, money shall not be

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considered free speech. The general court shall have the power to

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regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents

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for any primary or election of a public official and for ballot measures.

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This shall include regulation of any advertising for or against any

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candidate in a primary or election for public office and any ballot

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measure.

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     Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to restrain

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the liberty of the press.

5.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 1343), the committee on the Judiciary has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Brownsberger – Fernandes.]
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the term of judicial officers.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     Article I of Chapter III of Part the Second of the Constitution of

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Massachusetts is hereby annulled and the following Article is adopted

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in place thereof:-

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     Article I.   The tenure, that all commissioned officers shall by law

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have in their offices, shall be expressed in their respective commissions.

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All judicial officers, duly appointed, commissioned and sworn, shall

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hold their offices during good behavior, for a period of seven years,

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excepting such concerning whom there is different provision made in

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this Constitution.  After the expiration of the initial seven-year term, the

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judicial officer shall be eligible for reappointment; provided, however,

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that such reappointment shall be by majority vote of the council, after

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due notice and a public hearing. If the judicial officer fails to receive a

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majority vote of the council, they shall not be eligible for reappointment

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to any judicial position. Should the judicial officer receive a vote of

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affirmation by the council, they shall be eligible for reappointment in

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like manner every seven years thereafter; provided, however, that the

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governor, with the consent of the council, may remove them upon the

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address of both houses of the legislature; and provided, further, that the

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governor, with the consent of council may, after due notice and hearing,

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retire them because of advanced age or mental or physical disability.

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Upon attaining seventy years of age said judges shall be retired. Such

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retirement shall be subject to any provisions made by law as to pensions

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or allowances payable to such officers upon their voluntary retirement.

6.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 1400), the committee on the Judiciary has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Brownsberger – Fernandes.]
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution prohibiting eminent domain takings.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     The taking of land or interests therein by eminent domain for private

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commercial or economic development is hereby declared not to be a

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public use of the commonwealth under the first paragraph of Article X

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of Part the First of the Constitution.

7.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 1570), the committee on the Judiciary has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Brownsberger – Fernandes.] (Senators Chang-Diaz and Creem dissent.)
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the subject matter of initiative petitions.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     Section 2 of Part II, “Initiative Petitions”, of Article XLVIII of the

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Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth is hereby

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amended by inserting after the third paragraph a new paragraph, as

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follows:-

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     No initiative petition shall propose a constitutional amendment that

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would restrict the rights set forth in this constitution to freedom and

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equality, or the right of each individual to be protected by society in the

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enjoyment of life, liberty and property, according to standing laws.

8.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 1609), the committee on the Judiciary has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass.  [Brownsberger – Fernandes.]
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the retirement of judges.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     Article 1 of Part 2, chapter 3 of the constitution is hereby amended

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by striking the words: "that upon attaining seventy years of age said

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judges shall be retired.",  and inserting  in place thereof the words:

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"that upon attaining seventy-six years of age said judges shall be

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retired."

9.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 3350), the committee on Election Laws has reported, in accordance with Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass, the time within which the said committee was required to report having expired.
[Question on ordering the proposal to a third reading – after the proposal is twice read in succession.]
[Vote required: - Majority of members present and voting.]

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to qualifications of voters.

     A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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     Article III of the Amendments to the Constitution, as most recently

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amended by Article CXX of the Amendments to the Constitution, is

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hereby further amended by inserting after the word “conviction” the

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following words:- of indecent assault and battery on a child, attempt to

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commit murder by poison, drowning or strangulation, murder,

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manslaughter or assault with intent to commit rape, or for which the

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person may be punished by imprisonment in a state prison for life.

10.  On the following proposal (see House, No. 3933) (introduced into the General Court by the initiative petition of Marven-Rhode Hyppolite and others), was called for consideration from the joint committee on Revenue,  in accordance with the provisions of Joint Rule 23, recommending that the amendment ought to pass. [Rodrigues – Kaufman.]
[For majority report, see Senate, No. 2122.]  [For minority report, see Senate, No. 2123.]
[After the proposal has been read, the question is on agreeing to the amendment.]
[Under the provisions of Art. XLVIII, Part IV (under THE INITIATIVE), Sections 3 and 4, of the Amendments of the Constitution, a Proposal for an Initiative Amendment “shall be voted upon in the form in which it was introduced, unless such amendment is amended by vote of three-fourths of the members voting thereon in joint session”; and the “affirmative votes of not less than one-fourth of all members elected” are necessary in order to agree to the amendment.]

An Initiative Amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollars.

INITIATIVE PETITION.

     Not less than one-fourth of all members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT

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 Amendment Article XLIV of the Massachusetts Constitution is

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hereby amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:

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     To provide the resources for quality public education and affordable

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public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of

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roads, bridges and public transportation, all revenues received in

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accordance with this paragraph shall be expended, subject to

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appropriation, only for these purposes.  In addition to the taxes on

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income otherwise authorized under this Article, there shall be an

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additional tax of 4 percent on that portion of annual taxable income in

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excess of $1,000,000 (one million dollars) reported on any return

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related to those taxes. To ensure that this additional tax continues to

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apply only to the commonwealth’s highest income residents, this

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$1,000,000 (one million dollar) income level shall be adjusted

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annually to reflect any increases in the cost of living by the same

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method used for federal income tax brackets. This paragraph shall

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apply to all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019.

 


SPECIAL RULES WITH REFERENCE TO THE
CONSIDERATION, IN JOINT SESSION,
OF PROPOSALS FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE
CONSTITUTION.

 [Adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives as the rules for the joint session to be held May 13, 2015 and for any subsequent joint sessions which may be held.]
[See Amendments to the Constitution, Art. XLVIII, the Initiative, Part V, and Art. LXXXI (pp. 105 and 124 of the Manual for 2013-2014); and also Joint Rules No. 23, 24, 25 and 26.]

            Rule A. After a Proposal for an Initiative Amendment has been read, the question shall then be on agreeing to the Amendment; whereupon it shall be open to debate and any motion provided for in special Rule F.

            Rule A1. A proposal for a legislative amendment which has received the affirmative votes of a majority of all the members elected to the preceding General Court shall be read; whereupon it shall be open to debate, but may not be amended, and the question shall then be on agreeing to the amendment. A proposal for a legislative amendment which has not previously been agreed to in joint session of the two houses shall be read twice in immediate succession; and the question shall be on ordering it to a third reading, whereupon it shall be open to debate and amendment.

            Rule B. If it is ordered to a third reading, the proposal shall be read and considered at such subsequent joint session or joint sessions as may be agreed upon by the two houses or called by the Governor, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
This rule may be suspended by a vote of four-fifths of the members of the joint session, present and voting thereon, in which case the proposal shall forthwith be read a third time; provided, however, that a motion to suspend the rule shall not be in order unless the committees on Bills in the Third Reading of the two houses, acting jointly, have examined the proposal and reported thereon in accordance with the provisions of Rule C.

            Rule C. Before the proposal is read a third time, it shall be examined by committees on the Bills in the Third Reading of the two houses, acting jointly, and reported on by them in the manner provided in the standing rules of the Senate and of the House; provided, however, that a motion directing the committees on Bills in the Third Reading of the two houses, acting jointly, to report on a proposal which was ordered to a third reading at a prior joint session shall require a two-thirds vote of the members of the joint session present and voting thereon.

            Rule D. After the third reading of the proposal, the question shall be on agreeing to the Amendment, whereupon it shall be open for debate or any motion provided for in special Rule F.

            Rule E. If a Proposal for an Initiative Amendment is amended, before the question is taken on agreeing to the Proposal, it shall be examined by the committees on Bills in the Third Reading of the two houses, acting jointly, and reported on by them in the manner provided in the standing rules of the Senate and of the House.

            Rule E1. Proposals which have not previously been agreed to in joint session and which are amended subsequently to their being ordered to a third reading, unless the amendment was reported by the committees on Bills in the Third Reading of the two houses, acting jointly, shall be referred forthwith to said committees and reported on by them in the manner provided in the standing rules of the Senate and of the House.

            Rule F. When the main question is under debate the President shall receive no motion that does not relate to the same, except the motion to adjourn or some other motion which has precedence by express rule or because it is privileged in its nature; and he shall receive no motion relating to the same except:

            For the previous question;

            To close debate at a specified time;
To postpone until the two houses meet again in joint session;

To commit (or recommit), with or without instructions, to a
special committee of the joint session composed of members of both houses;
 
To amend (excepting during consideration by the second
successive General Court);
 
Which several motions shall have precedence in the order
here arranged.
 
No motion to reconsider a vote on a main question shall be
entertained unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken; and if moved, shall be considered at the time it is made.

            Rule G. The sense of the joint session shall be taken by the yeas and nays whenever required by thirty-five of the members present.
Whenever the yeas and nays have been ordered, the names of the Senators shall be called first, in alphabetical order; and the yea and nay vote of the House membership shall be determined in accordance with the House rules, excepting that those members of the House who have not been recorded in the usual manner as provided under the rules of the House may be recorded on a yea and nay list after the electric voting machine has been closed and before the final vote has been announced.
A pair with any member who is absent with a committee by authority of either or both houses may be announced, and shall be recorded, in the following manner:
If, before the question is taken, a member states that he has paired with another member who is absent with a committee by authority of the Senate or House, and how each would vote upon the pending question, the fact shall be entered in the Journals immediately after the record of the yeas and nays, and such member shall be excused from voting, but shall be included with the members voting for the purposes of a quorum; provided, however, nothing in this rule shall be construed as to permit pairing by a member on a question involving a required vote of two-thirds, three-fourths, four-fifths or a majority of a specified number of votes.

            Rule H. It shall not be in order for the two houses to go into a Committee of the Whole when in joint session.

            Rule I. If the two houses are in joint session ten minutes before the hour of meeting of either branch, the President shall declare an adjournment.

            Rule J. The rules of the House of Representatives, including the last paragraph of House Rule 81, shall govern the proceedings in the joint sessions in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the provisions of Article XLVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution, or with these rules or amendments thereof, or with Joint Rules Nos. 23, 24, 25 and 26.

            Rule K. It shall be in order to recess the convention from time to time upon a majority vote of said convention.

            Rule L. Except as is otherwise provided in Rule B, Rules A to L, inclusive, may be altered, suspended or rescinded by concurrent votes of two-thirds of the members of each branch present and voting thereon in their respective branches.