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Hearing on political-spending amendment held

Ken Donnelly, in 2007

Senate Bill No. S_53, filed by Senator Ken Donnelly, right, Democrat of Arlington, is scheduled to come before the Joint Committee on Election Laws at a public hearing in the State House Tuesday April 28

The bill is based on language crafted by a grassroots citizen group, Pass Mass Amendment, which has been petitioning statewide for an amendment through the ballot initiative process. The amendment declares that "Corporations and not People and may be regulated. Money is not speech and may be regulated."

Donnelly’s Bill S_53 is a companion to the House Bill No. H_933 filed by Rep. Dave Rogers, Democrat of Cambridge, and Paul Mark, Democrat of Peru, Both the citizens’ petition and the State House bills aim to clarify the state Constitution and jump-start the process of amending the U.S. Constitution.

They aim to ensure that citizens’ have equal access to speech, no matter their wealth; and that the individual rights of human inhabitants, protected under the Constitution, are not to be extended to corporations or other associations of individuals created under our laws.

The public is encouraged to attend the hearing for S_53, set for 2 p.m. April 28 in room A-1 at the State House, Boston.

A second hearing was held Wednesday, April 29.


This announcement was published Sunday, April 26, 2015.

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