What is the We the People Act?
The We the People Act is a joint resolution pending in the Massachusetts legislature, introduced by Sen. James Eldridge and Rep. Cory Atkins, that does two things:
- First, it calls on Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution asserting that
- the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons, i.e. human individuals, only and
- Congress and the states shall place limits on political contributions and expenditures to ensure that all citizens have access to the political process, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected free speech under the First Amendment
- Second, if Congress fails to propose such an amendment within six months, the We the People Act puts Massachusetts on record calling for a convention of the states for the purpose of proposing the amendment.