2018 CIR Advisory Board Meeting: Citizen Panelists Selected to Evaluate Nurse Staffing Ballot Question

The Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) Advisory Board announced today that Question 1, An Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency, is the subject of this year’s review in a meeting at the Massachusetts State House. Along with the selection of the ballot question, 20 citizen panelists were chosen to participate in a four-day deliberation process on the initiative. The panel will produce a Citizens’ Statement outlining its key findings and the strongest arguments for supporting and opposing Question 1 to aid voters filling out their November ballot.

After a public discussion, the Board members cast their votes for which of the three ballot questions would be most suitable for a CIR. 

 State Representative Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) introduced the 2018 Advisory Board Members and discussed the CIR project in Massachusetts.

State Representative Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) introduced the 2018 Advisory Board Members and discussed the CIR project in Massachusetts.

 The CIR Advisory Board members unanimously chose Question 1 for the 2018 CIR pilot. The Board members present were (from left to right): State Representative Brad Hill; Meryl Kessler, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts; Rachael Cobb, Professor of Government, Suffolk University; George Pillsbury, Senior Consultant at NonProfit Vote; and Phil Johnston, President of Johnson Associates and former MA Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The CIR Advisory Board members unanimously chose Question 1 for the 2018 CIR pilot. The Board members present were (from left to right): State Representative Brad Hill; Meryl Kessler, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts; Rachael Cobb, Professor of Government, Suffolk University; George Pillsbury, Senior Consultant at NonProfit Vote; and Phil Johnston, President of Johnson Associates and former MA Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Following the selection of the ballot question for citizen review, the CIR project staff demonstrated the panel selection process and announced the demographics of the 20-member citizen panel. 

 CIR project staff member, AnhViet Nguyen, demonstrated the panelist selection process. The objective methodology ensures that the citizen panel is representative of Massachusetts' demographics.

CIR project staff member, AnhViet Nguyen, demonstrated the panelist selection process. The objective methodology ensures that the citizen panel is representative of Massachusetts' demographics.


The 20-member citizen will convene to evaluate Question 1 from September 12-15, 2018 at the Watertown Public Library. The panel produces a statement outlining the key facts and arguments for supporting and opposing the ballot initiative. The statement will be disseminated through news outlets and social media across Massachusetts for the benefit of the voters. 

For the complete press release from the July 17 Advisory Board meeting, click here.