On December 14, 2016, members of We the People Massachusetts, a non-partisan, all-volunteer network of citizens dedicated to the cause of democracy, presented members of the Massachusetts State Legislature with the text of the 2017 We the People Act and supporting documents.
For a U.S. Constitutional Amendment and Amendment Convention
2017-2018 Massachusetts Legislative Session
The bill first calls on Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that
the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons; i.e., human individuals, only and
Congress and the states shall place limits on political contributions and expenditures, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected free speech under the First Amendment.
If Congress does not propose the amendment described above, this legislation petitions for a convention to propose an amendment to the Constitution. Article V of the Constitution provides that such a convention can be called upon application of 2/3 (34) of the states. An Article V Convention can then be held to propose a constitutional amendment that then must still be ratified by 3/4 (38) of the states.