Maine LD 742: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That 5 Percent of Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each County

LD 742 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CITIZEN INITIATIVES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=742&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Saviello of Franklin: (R – District 17) — e-mail

2 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 Senate Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/10/2015 House RESOLUTION REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/29/2015 Senate Reports READ.
Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec moved to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
On further motion by same Senator, TABLED until Later in Today’s Session, pending his motion to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
Unfinished Business
6/1/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/2/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/3/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/4/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/5/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/8/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem Subsequently, On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec the Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED On motion by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin RECONSIDERED whereby the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report was ACCEPTED
Subsequently, Majority ought to pass as amended Report was ACCEPTED Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 158 32 Yeas – 3 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-129) READ and ADOPTED
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (S-129)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/9/2015 House On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 189
(Yeas 99 – Nays 47 – Absent 5 – Excused 0)
The RESOLUTION was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-129) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the RESOLUTION was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The RESOLUTION was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-129).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 House Later today assigned.
6/10/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/11/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/12/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/15/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, under suspension of the rules, the House RECONSIDERED its action whereby the RESOLUTION was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-129).
On further motion of the same Representative, under FURTHER suspension of the rules, the House RECONSIDERED ADOPTION of Committee Amendment “A” (S-129).
On further motion of the same Representative, House Amendment “A” (H-417) to Committee Amendment “A” (S-129) was READ and ADOPTED.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-129) as Amended by House Amendment “A” (H-417) thereto ADOPTED.
RESOLUTION was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-129) as Amended by House Amendment “A” (H-417) thereto
ROLL CALL NO. 250
(Yeas 93 – Nays 54 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/17/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION
Unfinished Business
6/17/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED With PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-129) AS AMENDED BY House Amendment “A” (H-417) thereto , in concurrence.
6/19/2015 House On motion of Representative GIDEON of Freeport, TABLED pending FINAL PASSAGE.
Later today assigned.
6/19/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/22/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, FAILED FINAL PASSAGE.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/22/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, FAILED FINAL PASSAGE.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/23/2015 Senate On motion by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin RESOLUTION and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/23/2015 House Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester MOVED to RECEDE and CONCUR.
On motion of Representative GIDEON of Freeport TABLED pending the motion of Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester to RECEDE and CONCUR.
Later today assigned. (Roll Call Ordered)

6/23/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the House RECEDED and CONCURRED to COMMITTING the RESOLUTION and accompanying papers to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
ROLL CALL NO. 394
(Yeas 92 – Nays 50 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
7/16/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 994.
7/16/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 994.
2/9/2016 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
2/11/2016 Senate (Unfinished Business)
2/16/2016 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Majority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “B” (S-356) Report ACCEPTED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “B” (S-356) READ and ADOPTED
Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
2/18/2016 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 “B” (S-356).
Ordered sent down forthwith.
2/23/2016 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 476
(Yeas 90 – Nays 57 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
The RESOLUTION was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “B” (S-356) was READ and ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
2/25/2016 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.

READ the Second Time.
The RESOLUTION was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “B” (S-356).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/1/2016 House FAILED FINAL PASSAGE.
This being a Constitutional Amendment, a two-thirds vote of the membership of the House present being necessary, a total was taken.
ROLL CALL NO. 480
(Yeas 93 – Nays 52 – Absent 6 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/3/2016 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending FINAL PASSAGE – 2/3 Elected Membership Required In NON-CONCURRENCE
HELD at the Request of Senator MASON of Androscoggin.
3/8/2016 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin The Senate RECONSIDERED whereby the Bill was placed on the Special Appropriations Table Pending FINAL PASSAGE 2/3 Vote Required In NON-CONCURRENCE
Senator HAMPER of Oxford asked and received leave of the Senate to Withdraw his motion to place this Bill on the Special Appropriations Table In NON-CONCURRENCE
2/3 Vote Required FINALLY PASSED In NON-CONCURRENCE
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 516 Yeas 31 – Nays 2 – Excused 1 – Absent 0
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
3/9/2016 House The House INSISTED on its previous action whereby the RESOLUTION FAILED FINAL PASSAGE.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/10/2016 Senate On motion by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset The Senate ADHERED To FINAL PASSAGE In NON-CONCURRENCE
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 742 as originally introduced. L.D. 742 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 (S-129) H-A to C-A (H-417) .

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That 5 Percent of Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each County

Constitutional amendment. Resolved: Two thirds of each branch of the Legislature concurring, that the following amendment to the Constitution of Maine be proposed:

Constitution, Art. IV, Pt. Third, 18, sub- 2 is amended to read:

. 2. Referral to electors unless enacted by the Legislature without change; number of signatures necessary on direct initiative petitions; dating signatures on petitions; competing measures. For any measure thus proposed by electors, the number of signatures shall not be less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in the last gubernatorial election preceding the filing of such petition. At least 5% of the required number of signatures must be of electors registered to vote in each county. The date each signature was made shall be written next to the signature on the petition. A signature is not valid if it is dated more than one year prior to the date that the petition was filed in the office of the Secretary of State. The measure thus proposed, unless enacted without change by the Legislature at the session at which it is presented, shall be submitted to the electors together with any amended form, substitute, or recommendation of the Legislature, and in such manner that the people can choose between the competing measures or reject both. When there are competing bills and neither receives a majority of the votes given for or against both, the one receiving the most votes shall at the next statewide election to be held not less than 60 days after the first vote thereon be submitted by itself if it receives more than 1/3 of the votes given for and against both. If the measure initiated is enacted by the Legislature without change, it shall not go to a referendum vote unless in pursuance of a demand made in accordance with the preceding section. The Legislature may order a special election on any measure that is subject to a vote of the people.

; and be it further
Constitutional referendum procedure; form of question; effective date. Resolved: That the municipal officers of this State shall notify the inhabitants of their respective cities, towns and plantations to meet, in the manner prescribed by law for holding a statewide election, at a statewide election held in the month of November following the passage of this resolution, to vote upon the ratification of the amendment proposed in this resolution by voting upon the following question:

“Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require signatures on direct initiative petitions from voters registered to vote in all counties of this State?”

The legal voters of each city, town and plantation shall vote by ballot on this question and designate their choice by a cross or check mark placed within the corresponding square below the word “Yes” or “No.” The ballots must be received, sorted, counted and declared in open ward, town and plantation meetings and returns made to the Secretary of State in the same manner as votes for members of the Legislature. The Governor shall review the returns. If it appears that a majority of the legal votes are cast in favor of the amendment, the Governor shall proclaim that fact without delay and the amendment becomes part of the Constitution of Maine on the date of the proclamation; and be it further

Secretary of State shall prepare ballots. Resolved: That the Secretary of State shall prepare and furnish to each city, town and plantation all ballots, returns and copies of this resolution necessary to carry out the purposes of this referendum.

SUMMARY

This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that at least 5% of the number of signatures required on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of electors registered to vote in each of the 16 counties.

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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