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People's Vetoes 1909 - : Compiled by the Maine State Law and  Legislative Reference Library

People's veto, as defined in the Legislator's Handbook, is the procedure established in the Constitution of Maine (Article IV, Part Third, Section 17) by which the voters may petition for a referendum on the question of whether  legislation passed by the Legislature but not yet in effect should take effect.
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Initiatives or Referenda or Constitutional Amendments
or Bond Issues


Enactment Year

Title of Suspended Legislation

Disposition

Ballot Question

Date of Vote

YES Votes

NO Votes

1909

An Act to Make Uniform the Standard Relating to the Percentage of Alcohol in Intoxicating Liquors

S.D. 203 enacted with House Amendment "A" as P.L. 1909. c. 241

Not Available

Sept. 12, 1910

 31,093 

40,475

1909

An Act to Divide the Town of York and Establish the Town of Gorges

S.D. 445 enacted with Senate Amendment "A" and House Amendment "C" as P. & S. L. 1909, c. 397

Not Available

Sept. 12, 1910

19,692

34,722

1909

An Act Relating to the Reconstruction of Portland Bridge

H.D. 524 enacted with Amendment H-605 as P. & S. L. 1909, c. 404

Not Available

Sept. 12, 1910

21,251

29,851

1912

An Act to Provide for the Use of Uniform Ballot Boxes and the Preservation of ballot Cast at Elections

H.D. 2 enacted as P.L. 1912, c. 1

Not Available

Sept. 9, 1912

72,816

33,884

1913

An Act to Create a Public Utilities Commission, Prescribe its Powers and Duties, and Provide for the Regulation and Control of Public Utilities

S.D. 453 enacted with House Amendments "A", "B", and "C" as P.L. 1913, c. 129

Not Available

Sept. 14,1914

67,635

37,008

1915

An Act Relative to the Hours of Employment of Women and Minors

H.D. 2, re-drafted as H.D. 495, enacted with Senate Amendments "A" and "B" as P.L. 1915, c. 350

Not Available

Sept. 11, 1916

95,591

40,252

1919

An Act Granting to Women the Right to Vote for Presidential Electors

S.D. 16 enacted as P.L. 1919, c. 120

Not Available

Sept. 13, 1920

88,080

30,462

1921

An Act to Provide for a Full Time State Highway Commission, Amending Section Three and Section Four of Chapter Twenty-five of the Revised statutes, Relative to State Highways, and also Amending Section Thirty-four of Chapter One Hundred of the Revised Statutes Relative to Salary of the State Highway Commission

H.D. 219, re-drafted as H.D. 454, enacted with House Amendments "B" and "C" as P.L. 1921, c. 213

Not Available

Sept. 11, 1922

56,822

60,258

1925

An Act Relating to Standard Time

H.D. 6,  re-drafted as H.D. 260, enacted as P.L. 1925, c. 57

Not Available

Dec. 7, 1925

34,414

28,454

1925

Act to Define Certain Grades of Milk Offered for Sale Within the State

S.D. 73, re-drafted as S.D. 247, enacted with House Amendment "A" as P.L. 1925, c. 200

Not Available

Dec.7, 1925

19,607

38,056

1927

An Act Relating to the Excise Tax on Railroads

H.D. 23 enacted with House Amendment "A" as P.L. 1927, c. 27

Not Available

Sept. 10, 1928

119,762

52,350

1929

An Act Relating to a Tax on Gasoline

H.D. 412, enacted with House Amendment "A" as P.L. 1929,c. 365

Shall the Act to Provide for an Increase in the Tax on Gasoline be Accepted?

Sept. 9, 1929

35,258

79,673

1931

An Act Relating to the Administration of the State

L.D. 20, re-drafted as L.D. 954, enacted with Senate Amendment "A" as P.L. 1931, 216

Not Available

Nov. 9, 1931

41,077

30,368

1931

An Act Relative to Tax on Gasoline

L.D. 749 enacted with House Amendments "A" and "B" as P.L. 1931, c. 236

Not Available

Sept. 12, 1932

24,008

195,922

1933

An Act Relating to Transportation of Intoxicating Liquor

L.D. 163 , re-drafted as L.D. 986, enacted with Senate Amendment "A" as P.L. 1933, c. 226

Not Available

Sept. 10, 1934

141,259 

82,877

1935

An Act Relative to Resident Fishing and Hunting Licenses

L.D. 79 enacted with Senate Amendment "A" as P.L. 1935, c. 185

Shall the Act entitled "An Act Relative to Resident Fishing and Hunting Licenses," become a Law?

Sept. 14, 1936

132,400

113,634

1939

An Act Relating to Elections in the City of Biddeford

L.D. 489 enacted as P. & S. L. 1939, c. 106

Shall the Law enacted by the 1939 Legislature entitled " An Act Relating to Elections in the City of Biddeford" be Ratified?

Sept. 9, 1940

70,412

70,226

1939

An Act to Provide a Police Commission for the City of Biddeford

L.D. 482 enacted as P. & S. L. 1939, c. 110

Shall the Law enacted by the 1939 Legislature entitled " An Act Relating to Provide a Police Commission for the City of Biddeford" be Ratified?

Sept. 9, 1940

69,933 

67,179

1941

An Act Imposing an Additional Gasoline Tax

L.D. 615 enacted with Committee Amendment "A" as P.L. 1941, c. 301

Shall the Law enacted by the 1941 Legislature entitled " An Act Imposing an additional Gasoline Tax" be Ratified?

Dec. 10, 1941

14,520

32,131

1957

An Act Increasing Registration Fees for Motor Vehicles and Operators' Licenses

L.D. 1227, re-drafted as L.D. 1572, enacted as P.L. 1957, c. 330

Shall the Whole of section 1 (increasing registration fee on passenger cars); all references in Section 4 increasing fees on motor trucks from 0 to 26,000 pounds gross weight; and the whole of section 6 (increasing operators' license fees from $2 to $3); of the act entitled "AN Act Increasing Registration Fees for Motor Vehicles and Operators' Licenses" designated as Chapter 330 of the Public Laws of 1957, and also all references increasing fees on motor trucks from 0 pounds to 26,000 pounds gross weight in Section 1 of a certain act entitled, "An Act Relating to Registration Fees on Certain Commercial Vehicles, designated as Chapter 363 of the Public Laws of 1957, become law?

March 10, 1958

22,495

106,840

1957

An Act Relating to Registration Fees on Certain Commercial Vehicles

L.D. 16, re-drafted as L.D. 1526, enacted as P.L. 1957, c. 363

Considered in the above ballot question with P.L. 1957, c. 330

Mar. 10, 1958

22,495

106,840

1965

An Act Relating to Sunday Sale of Liquor

L.D. 698re-drafted as L.D. 1525, enacted as P.L. 1965, c. 302

Shall "An Act Relating to Sunday Sale of Liquor" (allowing certain sales of liquor on Sunday), enacted by the 102nd Legislature as Chapter 302 of the Public Laws of 1965, signed by the Governor and Suspended by Referendum Petition, Become Law?

Feb. 21, 1966

101,086

102,392

1973

An Act to Change Weights and related Provisions for Commercial Vehicles

L.D. 2261, re-drafted as L.D. 2592, enacted with Amendments H-791, H-800 and S-452 as P.L. 1973, c. 796

Shall Chapter 796 of the Public Laws of 1973, Enacted by the First Special session of the 106th Legislature, and Approved by the Governor, Entitled, "An Act to Change Weights and related Provisions for Commercial Vehicles", become Law?

Nov. 5,1974

123,501

197,946

1979

An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Games of Chance

L.D. 833 enacted with Amendment H-377 as P.L. 1979, c. 271

Shall "An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Games of Chance," which Prohibits the Licensing the Games of Chance Conducted with Gambling Machines, Become Law?

March 11, 1980

14,520

 32,131

1997

An Act to Prevent Discrimination

L.D. 1116 enacted as P.L. 1997, c. 205

Do You Want to Reject the Law Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor that Would Ban Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation with Respect to Jobs, Housing, Public Accommodations and Credit?

Feb. 10, 1998

145,452

138,135

2005

An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation

L.D. 1196 enacted with Amendment H-92 as P.L. 2005, c.10

Do You Want to Reject the New Law that would Protect People from Discrimination in Employment, Housing, Education, Public Accommodations and Credit Based on their Sexual Orientation?

Nov. 8, 2005

181,926

223,274
2008 An Act To Continue Maine 's Leadership in Covering the Uninsured L.D. 2247 enacted with amendments H-914, H-1013, S-640 and S-644 as P.L. 2007, c. 629 Do You Want to Reject the Parts of a New Law that Changes the Method of Funding Maine's Dirigo Health Program through Charging a Fixed Fee on Paid Claims and Adding Taxes to Malt Liquor, Wine and Soft Drinks. Nov. 4, 2008 462,818 253026
2009 An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom L.D. 1020 enacted with amendment S-109 as P.L. 2009, c. 82 Do you want to Reject the New Law that lets Same-sex Couples Marry and Allows Individuals and Religious Groups to Refuse to Perform these Marriages? Nov. 3, 2009 300,848 267,828
2010 An Act to Implement Tax Relief and Tax Reform

L.D. 1495
enacted as P.L. 2009, c. 382, Pt. A

Do you want to reject the new law that lowers Maine’s income tax and replaces that revenue by making changes to the sales tax? June 8,
2010
193,960 124,928
2011

An Act to Preserve the Integrity of the Voter Registration and Election Process

L.D. 1376 enacted as P.L. 2011, c. 399 Do you want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires new voters to register to vote at least two business days prior to an election? Nov. 8, 2011 237,024 155,156

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