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Nearly 3 dozen potential 2016 ballot questions filed with Massachusetts attorney general


BOSTON — Proposals to legalize the sale of fireworks, expand access to charter schools, provide more revenue for community hospitals, and bolster the state's reliance on renewable energy are some of the potential ballot questions filed with the state attorney general's office.

Wednesday was the deadline for filing the questions.

Attorney General Maura Healey said by the 5 p.m. deadline 24 groups had filed 35 initiative petitions for proposed laws or constitutional amendments.

They include questions that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, toughen the state's public records laws, reduce the state's added taxation on tobacco products, and prohibit public institutions in Massachusetts from working with Holocaust denial organizations.

It's up to Healey to determine which question pass constitutional muster — the start of a long, uncertain journey to next year's ballot.

Online: http://www.mass.gov/ago/government-resources/initiatives-and-other-ballot-questions/current-petitions-filed.html

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