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Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature, 1910-

Based on information from the Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of State. Referenda arepopular votes on proposals that may be initiated by citizens or the Legislature. Referenda may be binding or advisory, statewide or restricted to a lower level of government.

See also lists for Initiatives or People's Vetoes or Bond Issues

Year of Enactment

Bill Number

Title of Legislation

Legislative Action

Enacted Law Citation

Form of Ballot Question

Date of Vote

Vote Totals

1915 H.D. 940 An Act to provide for State and County Aid in the Construction of Highway Bridges Enacted and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.L. 1915, c. 319 None Available Sept. 11, 1916 In Favor:   96,677 Opposed:   14,138
1925 S.D. 110 Ought to Pass-New Draft             S.D. 259 An Act to Incorporate Dexter P. Cooper, Incorporated, for the Purpose of Developing and Utilizing the Power of the Tides in the Bay of Fundy and Waters Adjacent to It. Enacted with amendment S.D. 299 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.L. 1925, c. 111 To Incorporate Dexter Cooper (to develop Passamaquoddy) Sept. 14, 1925 In Favor:   53,547  Opposed:   7,220
1929 S.D. 44 An Act to Provide for the Exportation of Surplus Power Enacted with House amendments "A" and "B" and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.L. 1929, c. 280 To Permit Export of Surplus Hydroelectric Power Sept. 9, 1929 In Favor:   54,070      Opposed:   64,044
1935 L.D. 202 Ought to Pass-New Draft              L.D. 934 An Act to Create the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge District Enacted and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.& S. 1935, c. 88 To Create the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Sept. 9, 1935 In Favor:   22,205    Opposed:   7,813
1937 L.D. 4 Ought to Pass-New Draft              L.D. 1029  Ought to Pass-New Draft              L.D. 1073 An Act to Provide for Old age Assistance, to Guarantee a Minimum Educational  Program and to provide Revenue Therefor Enacted with amnedments and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.L. 1937, c. 242 Shall the "Act To Provide  for Old Age assistance, to Guarantee a Minimum Educational Program and to Provide Revenues Therefor, as Submitted by the 88th Legislature to the People, be Accepted? Aug. 16, 1937 Yes:   41,482        No:   80,449
1946 L.D. 1222 An Act to Provide for the Payment of a Bonus to Maine Veterans of World War II and for the Payment of Other Veterans' Benefits and to Provide for Such Payments by Additional Cigarette and Liquor Taxes and Miscellaneous  Taxes Enacted with amendment L.D. 1255 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.L. 1945, c. 381 Shall the Act Providing for the Payment of a Soldiers' Bonus to Maine Veterans of World War II and for the Payment of Other Veterans' Benefits and to Provide for Such Payments by Additional Cigarette and Liquor Taxes and Miscellaneous Taxes, as submitted by the 92nd Legislature to the People be Accepted? Sept. 9, 1946 Yes:   60,544        No:   109,450
1951 L.D. 414 An Act Relating to Combination Highway and Railroad Bridge Across Fore River Enacted with amendment  # 407 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P. & S. 1951, c. 221 Shall the Act Passed by the 95th Legislature, Making the Combination Highway and Railroad Bridge Across the   Fore River, when Constructed,  a Toll Bridge Until all the Bonds Issued for Such Construction have been Retired, be Accepted? Sept. 10, 1951 Yesr:   21,648       No:   31,069
1969 L.D. 1614 An Act to Amend Bond Issue Acts as to Limitations of Interest Enacted with amendments S-327 and H-604 and  Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval
P. & S. 1969, c 195 Shall "An Act to Amend Bond Issue Acts as to Limitations of Interest' as passed by the 104th Legislature, be Approved? Nov. 4, 1969 Yes:   69,013      No:   63,793
1970 L.D. 1632      Ought to Pass-New Draft              L.D. 1818 An Act to Appropriate Moneys for Necessary Items and Miscellaneous Changes for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 1970 and June 30, 1971 Enacted with amendments H-673 and S- 399 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval                                         "Only section "D" was sent to Referendum to be voted upon".
                               
P. & S. 1969, c. 254 section D Shall the Moneys Appropriated  for an Addition to the  Gould Academic Building at the Boys' Training Center be used for the Construction of Educational Classrooms at the Boys Training Center, passed by the First Special Session of the 104th Legislature? June 15th 1970 Yes:   93,129       No:   43,738
1970 LD. 1798 An Act to Amend Bond Issue Act as to Limitations of Interest on Bonds For York County Regional Vocational Education Center or Centers Enacted with amendment S-375 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval
P. & S. 1969, c. 222 Shall 'An Act to Amend Bond Issue Act as to Limitations of Interest on Bonds For York County Regional Vocational Education Center or Centers' Passed by the First Special session of the 104th Legislature, be Accepted? June 15th 1970 Yes:   80,315        No:   52,646
1970 L.D. 1845 An Act Repealing the Interest on Unissued Bonds for Water pollution Abatement  Enacted with amendments  S-447 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval P. & S. 1969, c. 250 Shall 'An Act Repealing the Interest on Unissued Bonds for Water Pollution Abatement,' as Passed by the 104th Legislature in Special Session, be Accepted? Nov. 3, 1970 Yes:   175,111   No:   82,789
1973 L.D. 1242 Ought to Pass -New Draft              L.D. 1938 An Act Providing for a State Lottery Enacted with amendments  S-265 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval P.L. 1973, c. 570 Shall 'An Act Providing for a State Lottery' , become Law? Nov. 6, 1973 Yes:   154,911        No:   90,433
1976 L.D. 2249  An Act to Improve Solid Waste Management            Enacted with amendments S-486,          S-489, S-490 and S-490 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval                                 "Only section 16 of the Act was referred to Referendum" P.L. 1975, c. 739 Shall Section 16 of 'An Act to Improve Solid Waste Management ' which Section Requires a Minimum 5 Deposit on all Returnable Beverage Containers, as Passed by the First Special Session of the 107th Legislature, become Law? Nov. 2, 1976
Yes:   274,164      No:   200,200
1993 L.D. 1541 An Act Authorizing a Refereendum to ratify the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact with Maine and Vermont and Approving the Compact's Terms Enacted with amendments H-609, H-617 and H-627  and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval P.L. 1993,c . 400 Do You Approve of the Interstate Compact to be Made with Texas, Maine and Vermont for the Disposal of the State's Low-Level Radioactive Waste at a Proposed Facility in the State of Texas? Nov. 2, 1993 Yes:             170,411         No:              63,672
1995 L.D. 165 An Act to Require All Persons to Use Safety Belts in Motor Vehicles Enacted with amendments S-91, H-135 and H-181  and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval P.L. 1995, c. 432 Do You Favor Requiring All Persons to Use Safety Belts in Motor Vehicles? Nov. 7, 1995 Yes:             208,164       No:              204,928
1997 L.D. 1883 An Act to Ask Voters in a Referendum Whether One Travel Lane in Each Direction Should be Added to the Maine Turnpike, Paid for by Turnpike Tolls, to Reduce Accidents and Congestion Enacted and Referred to Referendum for Voter Appoval P.L. 1997, c. 493 Do You Favor Adding One Travel Lane in Each Direction to the Southern End of the Maine Turnpike, Paid for by Turnpike Tolls, to Reduce Accidents and Congestion? Nov. 4, 1997 Yes:             210,629      No:              135,549
1997 L.D. 1892 An Act to Implement the Compact for Maine's Forests Enacted with amendments H-924,           H-931, H-933, S-605 and S-606 as a Competing Measures to 1995 I.B. 4 (L.D. 1819) in the  Nov. 5, 1996 Referendum.                Received the largest number of votes and was carried over the Nov. 4, 1997 Referendum for a final vote. C.M.R. 1995, c. 1 Do You Want the Compact for Maine's Forests to Become Law to Promote Sustainable Forest Management Practices Throughout the State? Nov. 4, 1997 Yes:             164,574      No:              182,368
2000 L.D. 2239 An Act to Ensure Civil Rights and to Prevent Discrimination Enacted with amendments S-624 and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval P.L. 1999, c. 629 Do You Favor Ratifying the Action of the 119th Legislature whereby it Passed an Act  Extending  to All Citizens Regardless of Their Sexual Orientation the Same basic Rights to Protection Against Discrimination now Guaranteed to Citizens on the Basis of Race, Color, Religion, Sex or National Origin in the Areas of Employment, Housing, Public Accommodation and Credit and Where the Act Expressly States that Nothing in the Act Confers Legislative Approval of, or Special Rights to, Any Person or Group of Persons? Nov. 7, 2000 Yes:             314,012     No:              318,846
2007 L.D. 1928 An Act to Extend from 4 to 6 Terms the Limits on Legislative Terms Enacted and Referred to Referendum for Voter Approval P.L. 2007, c. 465 Do you Favor Extending Term Limits for Legislators from 4 to 6 Terms? Nov. 6, 2007

Yes:
88,832
No:
181,588

See also lists for Initiatives or People's Vetoes or Bond Issues

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