We got a look at some of the state’s top elected officials, and one is clearly very excited about Massachusetts’ status as a state.
Governor Charlie Baker has expressed optimism about a statehood referendum, as has State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who told the Boston Globe, “The question is when that question is going to be put to the voters, and that’s what I think is going, because it’s the right question to ask.”
The governor is right about the timing of the referendum, but it’s not just a matter of whether Massachusetts has officially become a state, but rather whether it’s officially a state within the union.
The two are intertwined, and the statehood question will determine whether Massachusetts can be a state in the Constitution.
The Massachusetts Constitution states that all laws “shall be established and enforced by the legislature” and that the legislature “shall make all laws for the government and security of the Commonwealth.”
It also provides for a “confirmation vote,” in which all state officials must approve the constitution.
If voters do approve the amendment, it would then be up to the governor to approve a new constitution that would give the state independence from the federal government.
In other words, a constitutional amendment is a law passed by the Legislature that is not subject to the legislative process.
If a law is approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, it is binding on all state agencies and employees.
In addition to making the amendment and the constitution legally binding, the amendment would also give statehood the necessary approval of all the state agencies.
The amendment also allows the state to operate in the private sector.
That’s important for a state that relies on public funds.
In order for Massachusetts to become a constitutional state, the state would need to make some concessions to the federal system.
The Constitution provides that a state may not “become a part of the United States,” and a state cannot “becom a member of the Confederacy.”
States can also not form “political subdivisions” that are “in any manner connected with, or directly or indirectly controlled by, the United State.”
That would mean that states could not join the Union or form new international organizations.
For the past six years, the Legislature has been deliberating on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state of Massachusetts to secede from the union and become a new state, as well as an amendment that gives the governor power to declare a state of emergency, as long as the governor doesn’t take any actions to restrict the rights of citizens.
In 2017, lawmakers passed a resolution that would have authorized Governor Baker to declare an emergency for the first time in the state government’s history.
The governor and the Legislature were also debating whether or not to allow a ballot referendum on the issue, which would have required the signature of at least two-thirds of voters in the General Assembly.
But the Legislature’s action fell short of the two-third threshold that would be required for an emergency declaration.
A veto would be needed to override the governor’s action.
The referendum was dropped in 2018.
The state is also set to face another referendum on statehood in 2021.
The question has been on the ballot since 2015, and it was passed in 2017, but the ballot was only considered on the fourth day.
But the state was set to hold another referendum in 2022.
This year’s vote comes after a contentious election campaign that saw a Republican-controlled Legislature vote to impeach then-Governor Baker in 2017.
The Republican-led Legislature then passed a law that allowed the state Attorney General to bring criminal charges against Baker if he or she felt that Baker violated the state constitution or state law.
But that law was challenged by a coalition of Democratic attorneys general and civil rights organizations, and voters rejected it in November.
Baker was eventually impeached and convicted.
In a written statement, Baker said he supported the impeachment effort, but he also criticized the efforts to impeached him.
He said that he has always believed that a fair process is in order and that I have always acted with due regard to the constitutional duties of the office of governor and legislature.
The question of whether or how to declare Massachusetts a state is complicated.
For example, the Constitution does not address whether Massachusetts would become a member state of the Union, nor does it address whether the state can be considered a separate state under the federal Constitution.
A statehood amendment that includes a provision to recognize a union with another state would be a significant step forward in the process of defining what it means to be a nation.
The proposal could also help determine the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which the United Kingdom and Canada joined in 1957.
If the United Nations is ratified as the next member state, it could have a profound impact on the relationship between the United Nation and the United Sates.
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