Nov 06, 2018
Mar 01, 2018 - May 01, 2018
The Attorney General of Massachusetts is the chief law enforcement officer and lawyer for the state. He or she is publicly elected in midterm election years, and is charged with supervising operations of the five bureausâexecutive, business and labor protection, criminal, government and public protectionâwhich make up the department of the attorney general. The attorney general serves four-year terms and is not subject to term limits. Unlike most states which mandate that proponents of an initiative must first file with the secretary of state, Massachusetts guidelines require that a ballot first be submitted to the attorney general. At least 10 qualified voters must submit their contact information, certificate of voter registration and the full text of the ballot. The attorney general bears the responsibility of determining whether the petition is an acceptable subject of the initiative, and if so, he or she prepares a concise summary and returns this summary and the proposed law to the petitioners. If the attorney general determines the petition relates to an excluded matter, the petition is disallowed. If the ballot passes review, it will then be returned to the proponents who may then submit it to the secretary of commonwealth (also known as the secretary of state). The salary for this position is $130,582/year.