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Massachusetts legislators took a big step toward creating a genuine democracy in the United States by introducing the We the People Act (HD 1988). The bill, introduced by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and state Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), has 62 cosponsors in the House and 19 in the Senate.

The legislation calls on Congress “to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that a) rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons, i.e. human individuals, only and b) Congress and the states shall place limits on political contributions and expenditures…”

Under the measure, if Congress fails to act within six months of the bill’s passage here, the Massachusetts Legislature will petition Congress to call a convention, under Article V of the Constitution, to propose amendments to the Constitution when two-thirds of the states have applied for a convention. If the measure passes, Massachusetts will become the fourth state to call for a convention, after California, Illinois and Vermont.

Massachusetts voters called for our legislators to support this action in nonbinding referendums all across the state. On behalf of many, we would like to thank not only Sen. Eldridge and Rep. Atkins, but also Rep. Jen Benson for co-sponsoring this legislation. We appreciate your representation and your support for the democratic process.

Steve Miller

Harvard