According to the State House News Service:
Sponsors of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing individuals the right to health insurance cleared all of their signature-gathering hurdles and won the first of two favorable votes (153-41) from the Legislature needed to place their amendment on the statewide ballot. But the Legislature, by adjourning a Constitutional Convention Jan. 2 without voting for a second time on the amendment, appears to have killed the proposal. The Legislature did vote 101 to 92 to keep the health care amendment, which needed only 50 votes to reach the ballot, bottled up in a special committee. The plaintiffs – noting that the convention, just before adjourning, had voted on a citizen-sponsored gay marriage amendment after the court ruled it had a constitutional duty to do so – are asking the SJC to order Secretary of State William Galvin to put the health care amendment on next year’s ballot.
I warn you, though, these live webcasts and archived web casts can be addictive. I am actually thinking of attending in person, but if I do not make it to the John Adams Court House, I will be watching and listening to that web cast.
But, frankly, if the legislature can just ignore initiatives, what is the point of them???