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The proposed law would place restrictions on the State's use of consultants. It would place various limits on the amount of profit, overhead charges and expenses that the State could pay consultants. It would limit the duration of consultant contracts to two years and any extension to one year, and it would limit the degree to which such contracts could be changed to require payments in excess of the original contract. The proposed law would limit to $100,000 the amount the State could pay on a consultant contract with an individual and would require all other consultant contracts in excess of $25,000 to be sought through competitive bidding. It would prohibit consultants from supervising State employees, and it would limit the use of consultants as substitutes for State employee positions.

In addition, the proposed law would place limits on the total amount of money State agencies, departments and Authorities could spend on consultants each year. Subsidiary provisions would also establish a method for these entities to gradually come into compliance with the new spending limits and would give authority to the State Secretary of Administration and Finance, on request, to permit some spending in excess of the new limits. The proposed law would also require State agencies, departments and Authorities as well as the Secretary of Administration and Finance to submit yearly reports concerning the State's consultant contracts to certain legislative committees and to the Inspector General.

Finally, the proposed law provides that any of its provisions, if found by a court to be unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful, would be severed from the law and the remaining provisions would continue in effect.

1990 Nov 6 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 2 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or House of Representatives before May 2, 1990?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
8,955
16,747
1,471
25,702
27,173
Precinct 1
 
345
595
87
940
1,027
Precinct 2
 
479
681
71
1,160
1,231
Precinct 3
 
410
655
63
1,065
1,128
Precinct 1
 
329
632
62
961
1,023
Precinct 2
 
367
770
65
1,137
1,202
Precinct 3
 
369
819
64
1,188
1,252
Precinct 1
 
430
906
78
1,336
1,414
Precinct 2
 
404
774
73
1,178
1,251
Precinct 3
 
459
787
108
1,246
1,354
Precinct 1
 
324
528
51
852
903
Precinct 2
 
450
666
76
1,116
1,192
Precinct 3
 
426
722
54
1,148
1,202
Precinct 1
 
488
714
58
1,202
1,260
Precinct 2
 
440
814
70
1,254
1,324
Precinct 3
 
441
935
51
1,376
1,427
Precinct 1
 
494
1,084
54
1,578
1,632
Precinct 2
 
466
1,073
81
1,539
1,620
Precinct 3
 
371
945
66
1,316
1,382
Precinct 1
 
421
936
80
1,357
1,437
Precinct 2
 
459
831
68
1,290
1,358
Precinct 3
 
583
880
91
1,463
1,554
Totals
 
8,955
16,747
1,471
25,702
27,173