Three questions will be on the ballot this fall, and they’re all interesting and important ones. More details are at the links.
- Right to repair. This is the latest installment in a long-running feud between car dealerships and non-affiliated repair shops. As I understand it, the repair shops want access to the diagnostic “codes” that cars’ on-board computers kick out when there’s something wrong, and the dealerships don’t want to disclose them [update: see Tim Little's comment for clarification on this]. The shops would have to pay for the information. Here’s an excerpt from the full write-up at the link:
[T]he proposed law would require a manufacturer of motor vehicles sold in Massachusetts to make available for purchase, by vehicle owners and in-state independent repair facilities, the same diagnostic and repair information that the manufacturer makes available through an electronic system to its dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities. Manufacturers would have to make such information available in the same form and manner, and to the same extent, as they do for dealers and authorized repair facilities. The information would be available for purchase on an hourly, daily, monthly, or yearly subscription basis, for no more than fair market value and on terms that do not unfairly favor dealers and authorized repair facilities.
- Assisted suicide. This question would, if passed,
allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who (1) is medically determined to be mentally capable of making and communicating health care decisions; (2) has been diagnosed by attending and consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to die and has made an informed decision.
- Medical marijuana. This question would legalize the consumption of marijuana by people who have a demonstrated medical need for it. It would also “allow for non-profit medical marijuana treatment centers to grow, process and provide marijuana to patients or their caregivers.” Of course, this law cannot affect the fact that federal law still outlaws marijuana in any form; that conflict was in the news in California recently.
I’m tentatively at yes, yes, and yes, subject to further study. What about you?