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Before you vote: Amherst Wire’s guide to the state ballot questions

From charter schools to legal pot, Massachusetts voters have a lot to decide Tuesday. Here is a quick guide to the four ballot measures that appear on the ticket this time around.

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From charter schools to legal pot, Massachusetts voters have a lot to decide Tuesday. Here is a quick guide to the four ballot measures that appear on the ticket this time around.

Question 1: Should Massachusetts Gaming Commission issue an additional slot machines license?

A yes vote would: Grant the Gaming Commission the ability to issue a license for a second slots parlor.

A no vote would: Keep in place the current law, which allows three resort casinos and one slots parlor.

Read up here.


Question 2: Should the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approve up to 12 additional charter school or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools every year?

A yes vote would: Support the proposal to authorize up to 12 new charter schools or expansions to existing charter schools per year.

A no vote would: Oppose this proposal and maintain the current charter school cap.

Find the facts here. 


Question 3: Should the Massachusetts prevent the sale of eggs, veal or pork from farm animals raised in confined spaces?

A yes vote would: Place a ban on raising animals in spaces that prevent the animal from lying down, standing up, extending its limbs or turning around. It would also ban the sale of eggs, veal or pork from animals raised in confined spaces outside of the state.

A no vote would: Oppose this proposal. Current laws regarding the regulation of farm animals would remain the same.

Here’s the lowdown.


Question 4: Should Massachusetts legalize recreational Marijuana for adults 21 and older?

A yes vote would: Legalize the recreational sale and use of marijuana on Dec. 15, 2016. A Cannabis Control Commission would be formed to regulate and license marijuana — similar to alcoholic beverage regulations.

A no vote would: Oppose this proposal and keep current laws in place. Medical marijuana is already legal in Massachusetts.

Here’s the scoop.

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