Maine LD 783: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food

LD 783 (subjects: FOOD , REGULATIONS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=783&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Craig Hickman of Winthrop: (D – District 81) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/10/2015 House Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed.
The RESOLUTION was REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Edgecomb of Aroostook, REFERRED to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. in concurrence
6/30/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
3/1/2016 House Reports READ.
Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop moved to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
On further motion of the same Representative TABLED pending his motion to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
Later today assigned.
3/1/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/3/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/8/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/9/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/10/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/15/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/16/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/17/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/22/2016 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 508
(Yeas 97 – Nays 45 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
The RESOLUTION was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-526) 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” (H-526).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/23/2016 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook The Minority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED In NON-CONCURRENCE
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 538 Yeas 18 – Nays 13 – Excused 3 – Absent 0 PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
3/24/2016 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-526).
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/28/2016 Senate On motion by Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook The Senate ADHERED To ACCEPTANCE of the Minority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report In NON-CONCURRENCE
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food

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. I, 25 is enacted to read:

Section
25.
Right to food. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to food and to acquire food for that individual’s own nourishment and sustenance by hunting, gathering, foraging, farming, fishing or gardening or by barter, trade or purchase from sources of that individual’s own choosing, and every individual is fully responsible for the exercise of this right, which may not be infringed.

; 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 declare that every individual has a natural and unalienable right to food?”

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 a constitutional amendment to provide that every individual has a natural and unalienable right to food.

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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