In Massachusetts, 209A deals with temporary restraining orders. Specifically, courts have the power to issue abuse prevention orders. A group has recently started petitioning to repeal this law. On September 7th, the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office rejected the petition.
Under Article 48, an Amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution, “No measure that relates… to the powers… of courts… shall be proposed by an initiative petition.” Thus, the petition to repeal 209A cannot be certified.