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. The We the People Act was re-filed in the Massachusetts state legislature for the 2019-20 session.
Republican State Representative David Vieira has joined with Democratic Representative Carmine Gentile in filing the We the People Act (House Resolution 3208) in the House. This is an important development. It underscores the bipartisan nature of the need to fix our broken democracy, and paves the way for legislators of both parties to co-sponsor and support the We the People Act in order to pass it this session. Senator Jamie Eldridge has re-filed the We the People Act in the Senate S.2163.
For a U.S. Constitutional Amendment and Amendment Convention
2019-2020 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.
Now it's up to you to do your part!
Please contact the staff of your state Representative and state Senator, and thank them if they appear as a co-sponsor and support the We the People Act (H.3208, S.2163). If they are not on the list co-sponsors, ask them why not.