Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office rejected petition to repeal 209A

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.

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One thought on “Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office rejected petition to repeal 209A

  1. Joe Ureneck says:

    SJC orders Attorney General to allow ‘Repeal 209A’ petition to proceed. Petitioners to begin signature collection as soon as petition sheets available.

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