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Department of the Secretary of State
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MAINE CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO THE
REFERENDUM ELECTION

Tuesday, November 5, 1996

In Accordance with
the April 16, 1996
Proclamation of the Governor
and with the Acts and Resolutions Passed by
the 117th Legislature at the
Second Regular Session
and the Second Special Session

Bill Diamond

Secretary of State
Appropriation 010-29A-3213-012

State of Maine Office of the Secretary of State Augusta, Maine 04333

Dear Fellow Citizen, All eligible Maine residents may vote in the referendum election on November 5, 1996. The information in this booklet is intended to help you learn about the issues so that you can make your own, well-informed decisions about how to vote. Referendum elections are an important part of the heritage of public participation in Maine, so I hope you will help keep our democracy strong by voting. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: "Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." For information about how or where you vote, you may contact your local municipal clerk or call Maine's Division of Elections at 287-4186. Now, in the online version of this booklet you will find: The Department of the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer and the Attorney General have worked together to prepare this booklet for you. We hope you find it helpful and that you will vote in the November 5, 1996 referendum election. Sincerely, Bill Diamond Secretary of State
STATE OF MAINE Referendum Election, November 5, 1996 LISTING OF REFERENDUM QUESTIONS Note: in the paper version of this Intent and Content document, the full texts of statutory and constitutional language changes surrounding the following questions are reproduced. They are not a part of this online version. Question 1: Citizen Initiative Do you want Maine to require candidates and elected officials to show support for Congressional term limits or have their refusal printed on the ballot? Question 2A: Citizen Initiative Do you want Maine to ban clearcutting and set other new logging standards? Question 2B: Competing Measure Do you want the Compact for Maine's Forests to become law to promote sustainable forest management practices throughout the State? Question 2C: Against A and B Against both the Citizen Initiative and the Competing Measure. Question 3: Citizen Initiative Do you want Maine to adopt new campaign finance laws and give public funding to candidates for state office who agree to spending limits? Question 4: Bond Issue Do you favor a $3,000,000 bond issue to make capital improvements at state parks and historic sites? Total Estimated Debt Service of $3,427,500, of which Principal is $3,000,000, Estimated Interest at 4.75% over 5 years is $427,500. Question 5: Bond Issue Do you favor a $16,500,000 bond issue for the following purposes: (1) $2,500,000 to investigate, abate and clean up threats to the public health and the environment from hazardous substance discharges; (2) $5,000,000 to protect the public health, safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles; and (3) $9,000,000 to protect the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the closure and cleanup of their solid waste landfills? Total Estimated Debt Service of $21,355,125, of which Principal is $16,500,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $4,855,125. Question 6: Bond Issue Do you favor a $11,000,000 bond issue to encourage job growth and economic vitality by providing access to capital for agricultural enterprises and small businesses with a significant potential for growth and job creation? Total Estimated Debt Service of $14,236,750, of which Principal is $11,000,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $3,236,750. Question 7: Bond Issue Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue for the following purposes: (1) $8,000,000 to construct water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for $10,000,000 in federal funds; and (2) $2,000,000 to address environmental health deficiencies in drinking water supplies? Total Estimated Debt Service of $12,942,500, of which Principal is $10,000,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $2,942,500. Question 8: Constitutional Amendment Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that a direct initiative petition be submitted to local officials earlier than is presently required in order to allow 5 working days rather than 2 working days for local officials to certify the petition?
Treasurer's Statement The issuing of bonds by the State of Maine is the way in which the State borrows money for purposes designated in the legislation authorizing the issue. The following is a summary of the bonded indebtedness of the State of Maine as of June 30, 1996. Bonds Outstanding and Unpaid to Mature Through 2008 Highway fund $144,440,000 General fund $371,250,000 Total $515,690,000 Interest to be Repaid on Bonds Issued Highway fund $ 36,025,634 General fund $ 83,251,188 Total $119,276,822 Total to be Repaid on Bonds Issued $634,966,822 Additional Bonds Authorized But Not Yet Issued $ 50,750,000 Limit of Contingent Bonds Liability Authorized by Constitution and Laws But Unissued $ 99,000,000 Total Bonds Authorized But Unissued $149,750,000 Total Additional Bonds to be Authorized if Ratified by Voters $ 40,500,000 Potential New Estimate of Interest $ 11,461,875 When money is borrowed by issuing bonds, the State must repay not only the principal amount of the bonds but interest on the amount as well. The amount of interest to be paid will vary depending upon the rate of interest and the years of maturity at the time of issuance; an estimate of the total interest that may reasonably be expected to be paid on the issues submitted herewith for ratification is $11,461,875 if the bonds are issued for the full statutory debt retirement period. The total principal and interest to be repaid over the life of the bonds on the issues submitted herewith if ratified is thus estimated to be $51,961,875. The amount that must be paid in the present fiscal year (July 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997) for debt already outstanding is $88,180,000 in principal and $27,618,607 in interest, a total of $115,798,607. Samuel D. Shapiro Treasurer of State
Question 1: Citizen Initiative Do you want Maine to require candidates and elected officials to show support for Congressional term limits or have their refusal printed on the ballot?
Proclamation WHEREAS, written petitions bearing the signatures of 54,889 electors of this State, which number is in excess of ten percent of the total vote cast in the last gubernatorial election preceding the filing of such petitions, as required by Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Constitution of Maine, were addressed to the Legislature of the State of Maine and were filed in the office of the Secretary of State within twenty-five days after the convening of the One Hundred and Seventeenth Legislature in the Second Regular Session, requesting that the Legislature consider an act entitled "An Act to Seek Congressional Term Limits"; and WHEREAS, on March 22, 1996, the Maine House of Representatives accepted the Unanimous Ought Not to Pass Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs on the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1827; and WHEREAS, on March 22, 1996, the Maine Senate accepted the Unanimous Ought Not to Pass Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs on the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1827; and WHEREAS, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Maine Constitution provides that the Governor shall, by proclamation, order an initiated bill proposed to, but not enacted by, the Legislature without change to the people for referendum in November within 10 days following the recess of the Legislature to which the measure was proposed and, in the event that the Governor fails to order the bill to referendum, requires the Secretary of State to do so by proclamation; and WHEREAS, Governor King is not physically present in the State of Maine to sign the proclamation on April 16, 1996, due to a death in his family, the Governor has requested the Secretary of State to undertake the necessary proclamation within the 10 day period contemplated by the Constitution on behalf of the Governor and in full compliance with the constitutional mandate; NOW THEREFORE, I, BILL DIAMOND, Secretary of State of the State of Maine, at the request of the Governor and in pursuance of the provisions of Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Constitution of Maine, do hereby proclaim that an election shall be called for Tuesday, November 5, 1996, so that "An Act to Seek Congressional Term Limits" may be submitted to the people of this State for a referendum vote. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at Augusta this Sixteenth day of April in the year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-Six. BILL DIAMOND Secretary of State
Intent and Content
This initiated legislation seeks to impose term limits of 3 terms (6 years) for the United States House of Representatives and 2 terms (12 years) for the United States Senate in five ways:
  1. It would direct the Maine Legislature to apply to the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention, pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of enacting an amendment to the United States Constitution imposing Congressional term limits.
  2. It would direct each member of Maine's Congressional delegation to vote for a constitutional amendment establishing Congressional term limits.
  3. It would require the Secretary of State to print on any election ballot the phrase "VIOLATED VOTER INSTRUCTION ON TERM LIMITS" next to the name of any member of the Maine Legislature or any Governor who fails to use all of his or her powers to secure passage of an application to the United States Congress for a constitutional convention to establish Congressional term limits.
  4. It would require the Secretary of State to print on any election ballot the phrase "VIOLATED VOTER INSTRUCTION ON TERM LIMITS" next to the name of any member of the Maine Congressional delegation who fails to use all of his or her legislative powers to cause the United States Congress to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution imposing Congressional term limits.
  5. It would require the Secretary of State to print on any election ballot the phrase "REFUSED TO PLEDGE TO SUPPORT TERM LIMITS" next to the name of any candidate for Governor, the Maine Legislature or the United States Congress who fails to sign a form pledging to use all of his or her powers to secure passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution imposing Congressional term limits.
A "YES" vote approves the initiative. A "NO" vote disapproves the initiative.
Question 2A: Citizen Initiative Do you want Maine to ban clearcutting and set other new logging standards?
Proclamation WHEREAS, written petitions bearing the signatures of 54,968 electors of this State, which number is in excess of ten percent of the total vote cast in the last gubernatorial election preceding the filing of such petitions, as required by Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Constitution of Maine, were addressed to the Legislature of the State of Maine and were filed in the office of the Secretary of State within twenty-five days after the convening of the One Hundred and Seventeenth Legislature in the Second Regular Session, requesting that the Legislature consider an act entitled "An Act to Promote Forest Rehabilitation and Eliminate Clearcutting"; and WHEREAS, on March 26, 1996, the Maine House of Representatives accepted the Unanimous Ought Not to Pass Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1819; and WHEREAS, on March 25, 1996, the Maine Senate accepted the Unanimous Ought Not to Pass Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1819; and WHEREAS, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Maine Constitution provides that the Governor shall, by proclamation, order an initiated bill proposed to, but not enacted by, the Legislature without change to the people for referendum in November within 10 days following the recess of the Legislature to which the measure was proposed and, in the event that the Governor fails to order the bill to referendum, requires the Secretary of State to do so by proclamation; and WHEREAS, Governor King is not physically present in the State of Maine to sign the proclamation on April 16, 1996, due to a death in his family, the Governor has requested the Secretary of State to undertake the necessary proclamation within the 10 day period contemplated by the Constitution on behalf of the Governor and in full compliance with the constitutional mandate; NOW THEREFORE, I, BILL DIAMOND, Secretary of State of the State of Maine, at the request of the Governor and in pursuance of the provisions of Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Constitution on Maine, do hereby proclaim that an election shall be called for Tuesday, November 5, 1996, so that "An Act to Promote Forest Rehabilitation and Eliminate Clearcutting" may be submitted to the people of this State for a referendum vote. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at Augusta this Sixteenth day of April in the year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-Six. BILL DIAMOND Secretary of State
Question 2B: Competing Measure Do you want the Compact for Maine's Forests to become law to promote sustainable forest management practices throughout the State?

Intent and Content CLEARCUTTING ISSUE 2A Do you want Maine to ban clearcutting and set other new logging standards? 2B Do you want the Compact for Maine's Forests to become law to promote sustainable forest management practices throughout the State? 2C Against both measures. This referendum requires the voters to choose among a proposed law initiated by petition (2A), a competing measure approved by the Legislature for submittal to the voters (2B), or to reject both (2C). 2A CITIZEN INITIATIVE AN ACT to Promote Forest Rehabilitation and Eliminate Clearcutting This initiated legislation would prohibit the removal, in any 15-year period, of more that 1/3 of the volume of trees of 4.5 inches and greater in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground on any acre in the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission, primarily the unorganized territories and plantations of the State, and would impose standards for the amount, location, health and diversity of trees that must remain standing after a harvesting operation in that area. The initiative would also prohibit the clearcutting of trees in the Commission's jurisdiction resulting in a stand totaling less than 30 square feet per acre of trees 4.5 inches and greater in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground, and would impose additional requirements regarding delimbing and slash disposal. 2B COMPETING MEASURE RESOLUTION, Proposing a Competing Measure under the Constitution to Implement the Compact for Maine's Forests This resolution, approved by the Legislature for submittal to the voters as a competing measure to the citizen initiative described above, would direct the Commissioner of Conservation to adopt statewide rules governing timber harvesting in Maine and would establish a voluntary audit program, whereby landowners would attempt to achieve certain benchmarks of forest sustainability and biodiversity on their lands, thereby potentially qualifying for an exemption from the Commissioner's rules. The rules would be provisionally adopted by the Commissioner by May 1, 1997 and subsequently reviewed by the Legislature. The resolution also would require landowners to get a permit by rule from the Commissioner before doing any clearcutting. To get a permit, a landowner would have to certify that the clearcutting was justified by sound forestry management practices. There would be certain exemptions to this permit requirement. Clearcutting with a permit would be subject to certain limits on size, nearness to other clearcuts and total area for each ownership. The Commissioner would also be required to adopt rules regarding forest regeneration after a timber harvest. The resolution also would permit municipalities to adopt timber harvesting ordinances that are stricter than the State's rules. Municipalities would be subject to certain limits on their actions and would be required to notify landowners and the Commissioner before adopting ordinances stricter than the State's rules. In addition, the resolution would provide for the establishment of an ecological forest reserve system for the protection of certain state-owned lands from timber harvesting. It would also direct the Governor, by April 1, 1997, upon receipt of a report from the Maine Forest Service, to submit to the Legislature a proposal to restrict excessive timber harvesting on lands held for less than 10 years. Finally, the resolution would direct the Maine Forest Service to provide for increased environmental education on forestry issues for the general public. 2C AGAINST BOTH THE CITIZEN INITIATIVE AND THE COMPETING MEASURE A vote for Option 2A approves the citizen initiative. A vote for Option 2B approves the competing measure. A vote for Option 2C rejects both the citizen initiative and the competing measure.
Question 3: Citizen Initiative Do you want Maine to adopt new campaign finance laws and give public funding to candidates for state office who agree to spending limits?
Proclamation WHEREAS, written petitions bearing the signatures of 59,563 electors of this State, which number is in excess of ten percent of the total vote cast in the last gubernatorial election preceding the filing of such petitions, as required by Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Constitution of Maine, were addressed to the Legislature of the State of Maine and were filed in the office of the Secretary of State within twenty-five days after the convening of the One Hundred and Seventeenth Legislature in the Second Regular Session, requesting that the Legislature consider an act entitled "An Act to Reform Campaign Finance"; and WHEREAS, on March 28, 1996, the Maine House of Representatives accepted the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs on the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1823; and WHEREAS, on March 29, 1996, the Maine Senate accepted the Minority Ought to Pass Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs on the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1823; and WHEREAS, on April 1, 1996, the initiated act, known as Legislative Document 1823, died between the Houses for lack of concurrence; and WHEREAS, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Maine Constitution provides that the Governor shall, by proclamation, order an initiated bill proposed to, but not enacted by, the Legislature without change to the people for referendum in November within 10 days following the recess of the Legislature to which the measure was proposed and, in the event that the Governor fails to order the bill to referendum, requires the Secretary of State to do so by proclamation; and WHEREAS, Governor King is not physically present in the State of Maine to sign the proclamation on April 16, 1996, due to a death in his family, the Governor has requested the Secretary of State to undertake the necessary proclamation within the 10 day period contemplated by the Constitution on behalf of the Governor and in full compliance with the constitutional mandate; NOW THEREFORE, I, BILL DIAMOND, Secretary of State of the State of Maine, at the request of the Governor and in pursuance of the provisions of Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, of the Constitution of Maine, do hereby proclaim that an election shall be called for Tuesday, November 5, 1996, so that "An Act to Reform Campaign Finance" may be submitted to the people of this State for a referendum vote. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at Augusta this Sixteenth day of April in the year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-Six. BILL DIAMOND Secretary of State
Intent and Content This initiated legislation would enact the Maine Clean Election Act, under which candidates running for the offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative in the elections of the year 2000 and thereafter may choose to have their campaigns funded publicly by the Maine Clean Election Fund. In order to qualify for public funding, candidates for Governor would have to receive contributions between $5 and $100 up to a maximum of $50,000 from at least 2,500 Maine voters at the beginning of an election year; candidates for State Senator would have to receive contributions between $5 and $100 up to a maximum of $1,500 from at least 150 voters within the applicable Senate district; and candidates for State Representative would have to receive contributions between $5 and $100 up to a maximum of $500 from at least 50 voters within the applicable House district. Once qualified, a candidate could not receive any further contributions, but must finance his or her campaign solely from distributions from the Fund. The amount of those distributions would be the average amount of campaign expenditures for the office in question for the preceding 2 contested primaries, uncontested primaries, or contested general elections, as applicable. The Fund would be funded by an annual transfer of $2 million from state income and sales tax revenues (to be offset by reductions in administrative divisions in the legislative and executive branches) and a voluntary $3 state income tax checkoff, as well as unspent past distributions, voluntary contributions and fines imposed for violations of the Act and the campaign reporting laws. The Act and Fund would be administered by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices, which would become a 5 member body appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature. The Commission would receive increased funding for its administration and enforcement of the campaign and lobbyist reporting laws from an increase in the annual registration fee for lobbying from $200 to $400 for a principal lobbyist and $100 to $200 for a lobbyist associate. The initiative would also reduce permitted campaign contributions (now $1,000 for each individual and $5,000 for each corporation or political action committee) to $500 for any election for Governor and $250 for any other state or county election. A "YES" vote approves the initiative. A "NO" vote disapproves the initiative.
Question 4: Bond Issue Do you favor a $3,000,000 bond issue to make capital improvements at state parks and historic sites?
Intent and Content This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,000,000 to raise funds for major improvements at state parks and historic facilities, specifically renovations needed to make state parks and historic sites accessible to people with disabilities according to standards set by state and federal law, completion of the roof and masonry restoration at Fort Knox State Historic Site, and the replacement of Churchill Dam in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The bonds would run for a period of not longer than 5 years from the date of issue and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds would be expended by the Bureau of Public Lands of the Department of Conservation for major improvements at state parks and historic facilities. If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governors proclamation of the vote. A statement of the Treasurer describing the financial considerations of this bond issue is published together with this statement. A "YES" vote approves the authorization of a $3,000,000 bond issue for major improvements at state parks and historic facilities. A "NO" vote disapproves the bond issue. Total Estimated Debt Service of $3,427,500, of which Principal is $3,000,000, Estimated Interest at 4.75% over 5 years is $427,500.
Question 5: Bond Issue Do you favor a $16,500,000 bond issue for the following purposes: (1) $2,500,000 to investigate, abate and clean up threats to the public health and the environment from hazardous substance discharges; (2) $5,000,000 to protect the public health, safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles; and (3) $9,000,000 to protect the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the closure and cleanup of their solid waste landfills?
Intent and Content This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $16,500,000 to raise funds to investigate, abate and clean up threats to public health and the environment from hazardous substance discharges, to clean up tire stockpiles and to close and clean municipal solid waste landfills. The bonds would run for a period of not longer than 10 years and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State. Proceeds of the sale of the bonds would be expended under the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection for the investigation, abatement, clean up and mitigation of threats to public health and the environment from hazardous substance discharges ($2,500,000); the abatement of public health, safety and environmental hazards posed by tire stockpiles, including activities that reduce the number of stockpiled tires in the State ($5,000,000); and the reimbursement for all outstanding municipal solid waste landfill closure and remediation expenses, with any remaining proceeds to be allocated for municipal solid waste landfill site evaluation and planning and a municipal grants program for implementation of new landfill closure and clean-up plans ($9,000,000). If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governor's proclamation of the vote. A statement of the Treasurer describing the financial considerations of this bond issue is published together with this statement. A "YES" vote approves the authorization of a $16,500,000 bond issue to investigate, abate and clean up threats to public health and the environment from hazardous substance discharges, to clean up the stockpiles and to close and clean up municipal solid waste landfills. A "NO" vote disapproves the bond issue. Total Estimated Debt Service of $21,355,125, of which Principal is $16,500,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $4,855,125.
Question 6: Bond Issue Do you favor a $11,000,000 bond issue to encourage job growth and economic vitality by providing access to capital for agricultural enterprises and small businesses with a significant potential for growth and job creation?
Intent and Content This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $11,000,000 to raise funds for the capitalization of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund and the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund to provide disbursements to enterprises in critical stages of development. The bonds would run for a period of not longer than 10 years from the date of issue and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds would be expended by the Finance Authority of Maine from the Small Enterprise Growth Fund ($5,000,000) and the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund ($6,000,000). If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governor's proclamation of the vote. A statement of the Treasurer describing the financial considerations of this bond issue is published together with this statement. A "YES" vote approves the authorization of a $11,000,000 bond issue for the Small Enterprise Growth Fund and the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund to provide disbursements to enterprises in critical stages of growth. A "NO" vote disapproves the bond issue. Total Estimated Debt Service of $14,236,750, of which Principal is $11,000,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $3,236,750.
Question 7: Bond Issue Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue for the following purposes: (1) $8,000,000 to construct water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for $10,000,000 in federal funds; and (2) $2,000,000 to address environmental health deficiencies in drinking water supplies?
Intent and Content This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,000,000 to raise funds to construct water pollution control facilities and to address environmental health deficiencies in drinking water supplies. The bonds would run for a period of not longer than 10 years and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State. Proceeds of the sale of the bonds would be expended as follows: $8,000,000 under the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection for the construction of water pollution control facilities to provide the State match for $10,000,000 in federal funds, and $2,000,000 under the direction of the Department of Human Services to address environmental health deficiencies in drinking water supplies. If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governors proclamation of the vote. A statement of the Treasurer describing the financial considerations of this bond issue is published together with this statement. A "YES" vote approves the authorization of a $10,000,000 bond issue for the construction of water pollution control facilities and to address environmental health deficiencies in drinking water supplies. A "NO" vote disapproves the bond issue. Total Estimated Debt Service of $12,942,500, of which Principal is $10,000,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $2,942,500.
Question 8: Constitutional Amendment Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that a direct initiative petition be submitted to local officials earlier than is presently required in order to allow 5 working days rather than 2 working days for local officials to certify the petition?
Intent and Content This proposed constitutional amendment would amend the direct initiative provisions of the Maine Constitution to increase from 2 to 5 the number of working days that local officials would have to certify that the signatures on an initiative petition are those of registered voters. The amendment would also require that initiators file their petitions with such officials 10 days prior to the date on which they must file their certified petitions with the Secretary of State (unless the 10th day is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday), rather than 3 days prior to that date (unless the 3rd day is a legal holiday) as currently required. A "YES" vote approves the constitutional amendment. A "NO" vote disapproves the amendment.

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