On November 6th, in addition to determining which state and local officials they want to elect to office, Massachusetts voters will also be faced with three ballot questions. Voters could have potentially headed to the polls this fall with as many as eight ballot questions; however, an act of the legislature called the “Grand Bargain” was able to resolve some of the ballot initiatives beforehand.
According to the executive director of The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), the CCC could award the first recreational marijuana business license in Massachusetts as early as this week. The CCC is currently reviewing 51 license applications from 28 entities which it has received over the past two months.
Participating as an advocate in the public policy arena can be a rewarding and impactful experience. Advocates play an integral role in the legislative process, the direction of policy agendas, and ultimately the ability to create meaningful change. Success as an advocate relies on strong verbal reasoning, amicable character, and offering candid information. Legislative briefings provide a unique opportunity for advocates to meet face-to-face with policy officials and express their concerns as either constituents, thought leaders, or representatives of interest groups.
Navigating the Massachusetts Legislative Process
By The Brennan Group
Over the course of the coming weeks and months we (Brennan Group) will be publishing a host of articles and blogs that deal with many different public policy and general topics affecting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hopefully these articles are informative and stimulating. Some may be better suited for certain groups and individuals but am confident we will issue relevant information for our entire audience at one time or another. The first post will deal with the navigation of the Massachusetts legislative process.