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Companies-backed Massachusetts gig worker ballot measure clears key hurdle

BOSTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Massachusetts’ attorney general on Wednesday gave backers of a proposed ballot measure that would define drivers for app-based companies like Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc as independent contractors rather than employees the green light to collect the signatures needed to put it before voters.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey certified the measure met constitutional requirements, clearing the way for a coalition of app-based service providers backing the initiative to begin collecting the 80,239 signatures needed to get the proposal onto the November 2022 ballot. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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