Attorney General Maura Healey today certified 21 possible ballot questions for the November election in 2018.
Proponents now have until to collect Dec. 6 to collect at least 64,750 valid signatures to have any hope of actually getting their questions before voters next fall. Several of the measures she certified cover similar ground - a state association of retailers, for example, will have to decide just which version of their proposals to cut the state sales tax it will seek to get on the ballot.
Among the proposals that passed constitutional muster are is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would be a first step to banning state funding of abortions, a measure to establish a commission to propose a federal constitutional amendment that says corporations are not people, another that would bar presidential candidates from the ballot in Massachusetts if they do not disclose six years' worth of tax returns and one that would limit how much state candidates could accept from out-of-state donors.
Another proposal would ban the use of commercial fishing gear that could trap whales; one would mandate paid family and sick leave; another would cut the state sales tax from 6.25 to 4.5% and require an annual sales-tax holiday, and one measure would increase the income-tax burden on people making more than $1 million a year.
Among those not making the cut: A proposal to eliminate all highway tolls in the state. Healey ruled that would be an unconstitutional taking of property.
Complete list of proposed questions, both approved and rejected.