Maine LD 176: An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Gathering of Signatures for Direct Initiatives and People’s Veto Referenda

LD 176 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CITIZEN INITIATIVES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=176&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Stanley Short of Pittsfield: (I – District 106) — e-mail | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/29/2015 House Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator COLLINS of York , REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
4/28/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/29/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-98).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/30/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-98) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
5/5/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-98), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
5/7/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/12/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 176 as originally introduced. L.D. 176 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-98) .

An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Gathering of Signatures for Direct Initiatives and People’s Veto Referenda

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 903-D and 903-E are enacted to read:

903-D. Limitations on circulators of petitions

A petition organization registered pursuant to section 903-C may not employ for compensation as a circulator collecting signatures on a petition for the direct initiative of legislation or a people’s veto referendum a person who does not comply with this section.

1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. “Circulator” means a resident of the State employed by a petition organization for compensation as a circulator collecting signatures on a petition for the direct initiative of legislation or a people’s veto referendum.
B. “Commission” means the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

2. Register. A circulator shall register with the commission on a form provided by the commission.
3. Residency. A circulator shall disclose to the commission the circulator’s place of residence.
4. Employment history. A circulator shall disclose to the commission whether the circulator has been compensated previously for the collection of signatures and if so shall identify where.
5. Compensation. A circulator shall disclose to the commission how the circulator is being compensated and how much the circulator is being compensated.
6. Monthly reporting. A circulator shall disclose on a monthly basis to the commission how many signatures the circulator has gathered.
7. Quarterly reporting. A circulator shall make available on a quarterly basis to the commission scanned copies of the petitions the circulator is circulating.
8. Identification. While engaged in the process of collecting signatures, a circulator shall wear a name badge including the circulator’s first and last name, the name of the petition organization employing the circulator and the circulator’s city and state of residence.

If a petition organization employing a circulator pays the circulator more than $2,500, the petition organization shall post a $2,000 bond with the Secretary of State on the circulator. The bond may be recouped after the Secretary of State has certified the signatures collected by the circulator.

A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.

903-E. Residency restrictions pertaining to circulators of petitions

A person who is not a resident of the State may not act as a circulator collecting signatures on a petition for the direct initiative of legislation or a people’s veto referendum and may not handle a petition in any manner. A person who is not a resident of the State may provide another person information about a petition.

A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits persons who are not residents of the State from collecting signatures on a petition for the direct initiative of legislation or a people’s veto referendum and from handling such a petition in any manner. The bill permits persons who are not residents to provide others with information about a petition. The bill requires a person employed by a petition organization to register with the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and to disclose to the commission information regarding the person’s place of residence, employment history, compensation, number of signatures gathered in a month and petitions circulated and to wear an identification badge when collecting signatures. The bill requires a petition organization to post a $2,000 bond on a circulator receiving over $2,500 in compensation. The bill makes a violation of any of these provisions a Class E crime.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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This information about LD 176 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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