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November 9, 2012

Non-binding questions win voter support, but little else

Questions tackle Citizens United, legalizing marijuana, federal spending

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“The language is really broad, so we need to look at the specifics before we sign anything,” Martignetti said. “In spirit, we’re supportive of both.”

But even with the involvement of state legislators, there’s still the reality that each of the issues addressed were federal issues that state lawmakers don’t have the power to address directly.

Lenny Mirra, who just won election to the 2nd Essex District state representative seat, said he will always support the will of the people and will never ignore ballot questions, but conceded that ending the war in Afghanistan and pushing for a constitutional amendment was something he wouldn’t be able to do.

“If I could, I’d absolutely vote on those things, but I’m a state rep, I have no say on those federal issues,” Mirra said.

Despite that, he said he would work to implement the questions’ provisions at the state level, where he would be able to make a difference.

“The Citizens United one we definitely shouldn’t have to avoid; even though we can’t do much about it federally, we should definitely work to get money out of state politics,” Mirra said.

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