Maine LD 754: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Ensure That Laws Governing Hunting and Fishing Are Not Subject to the Citizen Petition Process

LD 754 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CITIZEN INITIATIVES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=754&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Steve Wood of Sabattus: (R – District 57) — e-mail

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 House Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.
On motion of Representative SHAW of Standish, TABLED pending REFERENCE.
Later today assigned.
3/5/2015 House Unfinished Business
3/10/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the RESOLUTION was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending REFERENCE
Unfinished Business
3/12/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
3/17/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator Davis of Piscataquis REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/18/2015 House On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, TABLED pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
3/18/2015 House Unfinished Business
3/19/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the House INSISTED on REFERENCE to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/24/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED With REFERENCE to Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs , in concurrence.
4/28/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Ensure That Laws Governing Hunting and Fishing Are Not Subject to the Citizen Petition Process

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- 1 is amended to read:

. 1. Petition procedure. The electors may propose to the Legislature for its consideration any bill, resolve or resolution, including bills to amend or repeal emergency legislation but not an amendment of the State Constitution and not an amendment to the laws of the State governing hunting and fishing, by written petition addressed to the Legislature or to either branch thereof and filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the hour of 5:00 p.m., on or before the 50th day after the date of convening of the Legislature in first regular session or on or before the 25th day after the date of convening of the Legislature in second regular session, except that the written petition may not be filed in the office of the Secretary of State later than 18 months after the date the petition form was furnished or approved by the Secretary of State. If the applicable deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period runs until the hour of 5:00 p.m., of the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

; 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 provide that laws governing hunting or fishing may not be proposed through a citizen initiative?”

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 exclude from laws that may be proposed in a citizen initiative laws governing hunting and fishing.

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.


This information about LD 754 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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