FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar
Secretary of State Dunlap Conducts Public Drawing
to Determine Order of Questions for November Ballot
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap conducted a public drawing to determine the order of questions on the November 8th referendum ballot on Thursday in his office at the Nash School Building in Augusta.
In addition to five bond questions, the ballot will include a People's Veto of an anti-discrimination law enacted by the Legislature earlier this year, as well as a Constitutional Amendment enacted by the Legislature that would provide for the assessment of waterfront lands used for commercial fishing activities.
Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position. State law also requires the questions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows: people's veto questions are first, then citizen initiatives, followed by bond questions, then constitutional amendments and finally referendum questions.
“This drawing is a required, and important, part of our electoral process. It helps citizens to focus on the questions that will be presented to them this fall, and enables proponents and opponents of these measures to prepare educational materials,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap commented.
The order of questions, as determined by Thursday's public drawing, appears below.
Question 1. People's Veto “An Act to Extend Civil Rights Protections to all People Regardless of Sexual Orientation”
“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?"
Question 2. Bond Issue
"Do you favor a $33,100,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges; airports; public transit improvements; state-owned ferry vessels and ferry and port facilities including port and harbor structures; and statewide bicycle trail and pedestrian improvements that makes the State eligible for over $158,000,000 in matching funds?"
Question 3. Bond Issue
"Do you favor an $8,900,000 bond issue for purposes related to agriculture and the environment in anticipation of approximately $31,000,000 in federal funds to be used for sustainable water sources and irrigation system development, loans from a wastewater state revolving fund, grants from a small community grants program, support of public water system improvements and repairs and improvements to a veterinary technician facility at the University of Maine?"
Question 4. Bond Issue
"Do you favor a $20,000,000 bond issue to stimulate economic growth and job creation through investments in the Maine economy in anticipation of approximately $44,000,000 in federal and private funds for medical research and development; marine research and development; equity investments in small Maine companies with potential for high growth; the New Century Community Program for capital improvements to cultural resources; the renovation of Camden Hall on the University of Maine Bangor campus for a graduate school for biomedical science; the development of the Laboratory for Surface Science Technology; capital costs and equipment for the career center facility at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College; and the development of the Sunrise Business and Career Center in the Town of Jonesboro?"
Question 5. Bond Issue
“Do you favor a $12,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide from willing sellers for conservation, water access, wildlife and fish habitat, outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, farmland preservation and working waterfront preservation to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and public contributions?"
Question 6. Bond Issue
"Do you favor a $9,000,000 bond issue to make building renovations at campuses of the University of Maine System, improve and expand the facilities of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine and make building renovations at campuses of the Maine Community College System?"
Question 7. Constitutional Amendment
“Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to permit the Legislature to authorize waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities to be assessed based on the land's current use in a manner similar to treatment now available for farms, open space and forestland?”