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Votes on Initiated Bills 1910- : compiled by the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

Data is based on information from the Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of State. Initiatives are legislative proposals initiated by citizens according to Article IV, Part Third, Section 18 of the Maine Constitution. The Legislature has the option of enacting the measure as is or sending it out for ratification by the voters at a vote or referendum. Bills introduced by the initiative process are assigned an IB and an LD number.

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Year 
Bill Number
Title of Legislation
Legislative Action
Form of  Ballot Question 
Date of Vote
Vote Totals
Enacted Law Citation
Comments
1911 S.D. 75

An Act to Provide for Nomination of Candidates of Political Parties by Primary Elections

 

Sent out to Referendum Same as Bill Sept. 11, 1911 In favor: 65,810         Opposed: 21,774 P.L. 1913, c. 221 Currently 21-A MRSA § 331 et seq
1923 S.D. 157 An Act to Amend Sections One and Three of Chapter Three Hundred Fifty of the Public Laws of Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen, Relative to the Hours of Employment of Women and Minors Sent out to Referendum To Establish a Forty-eight Hour Week for Women and Minors Oct. 15, 1923 In favor: 33,991         Opposed: 53,784  
1927

No Printed Document Located-Text copied from the Legislative Record

 

An Act to Repeal Sections One to Thirty-six of Chapter Six of the Revised Statutes Relative to Primary Elections Sent Out to Referendum To Repeal the Direct Primary Law Oct. 18, 1927 In favor: 20,027          Opposed: 37,114  
1933 L.D. 811,          I.B. 1 An Act to Raise an Excise Tax on Corporations Organized for Making, Generating, Selling, Distributing and/or Supplying Electricity or Electric Current for Power, Lighting, Heating, Manufacturing or Mechanical Purposes Sent Out to Referendum To Raise the Tax on Corporations Distributing and Supplying Electric Power Sept. 11, 1933 In favor: 46,015         Opposed: 90,804  
1933 L.D. 812,         I.B. 2 An Act Establishing a Low Rate Tax on Intangible Personal Property in Accordance with Constitutional Amendment Permitting the Same Sent Out to Referendum An Act Establishing a Low Rate Tax on Intangible Personal Property Sept. 11, 1933 In favor: 44,832          Opposed: 85, 332  
1935 L.D. 217,         I.B. 1 An Act Relating to the Use of the General Highway Fund, and to Prevent Diversion Thereof Sent Out to referendum Same as the Bill Sept. 14, 1936 In favor:       182,012       Opposed:   52,590 Initiated Act 1936, c. 1 Currently 23 MRSA § 1653
1947 I.B.1  An Act to Protect the Right to Work and to Prohibit Secondary Boycotts, Sympathetic Strikes and Jurisdictional Strikes   (Barlow Bill) Sent Out to Referendum Same as the Bill Sept. 13, 1948 In favor: 46,809         Opposed: 126,285  
1948 L.D. 242            (Competing Measure) An Act Protecting the Right of Members and  Non-Members of Labor Organizations to the Opportunity to Work             (Tabb Bill) Enacted as PL 1947, c. 395 and sent out as a competing measure to I.B. 1 (the Barlow Bill) Same as the Bill Sept. 13, 1948 In favor : 13,676         Opposed: 126,285 Competing Measure. Was repealed by PL 1949,c. 349 § 50
1971 L.D. 1536,      I.B. 1 An Act Repealing the "Maine Income Tax Law" Sent out to Referendum "Shall the Corporate and Individual Maine Income Tax Law be Repealed?" Nov. 2, 1971 In favor: 63,393      Opposed: 190,261  
1972 L.D. 1707,     I.B. 2 An Act Relating to Form of Ballots in General Elections Sent out to Referendum Same as the Bill June. 19, 1972 In favor: 110,867   Opposed: 64,506 1971 I.B.                            (no chapter number given) Amended:  21 MRSA § 702(2)(C),                           Repealed and replaced:                 21 MRSA § 702(1), (2)(A),(B) and  21 MRSA § 922,                        Repealed 21 MRSA §§ 702(2)(D) and  1069(4)     
1973 I.B. 1                 (no LD number available) An Act Creating the Power Authority of Maine Sent out to Referendum "Shall an Initiated Bill 'An Act Creating the maine Power Authority' become Law?" Nov. 6, 1973 In favor: 95,645    Opposed: 151,480  
1975 L.D. 1619,       I.B. 1 An Act to Establish a Public Preserve in the Bigelow Mountain Area "Died Between Houses", Sent out to Referendum "Shall an Initiated Bill 'An Act to establish a Public Preserve in the Bigelow Mountain Area' become Law?" June. 8, 1976 In favor: 85,782     Opposed: 81,915 1975 Initiated Bill (no chapter number given) This Legislation did not contain any statutory language
1977 L.D. 270,      I.B. 1 An Act to Repeal the State Property Tax "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum Do You Wish to Repeal the Uniform State Property Tax? Dec. 5, 1977     In favor: 124,322    Opposed: 95,413    1977 Initiated Bill                     (no chapter number given) Repealed:                                           20 MRSA § 3742, pargraphs 1 and 2  and                                                 36 MRSA§§ 451(2), 452(2),453 and  453-A 
1979 L.D. 1412,            I.B. 1 An Act to Repeal the Forced Deposit Law "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum Do You Wish to Repeal the "Returnable Container Law" (Bottle Bill)? Nov. 6, 1979 In favor: 41,480   Opposed: 226,687  
1980 L.D. 1984,           I.B. 2 An Act to Prohibit the Generation of Electric Power by Means of Nuclear Fission "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum Same as the Bill Sept. 23, 1980  In favor: 161,181   Opposed: 233,198  
1981 L.D. 522,           I.B. 1 An Act to Create the Maine Energy Commission "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum Same as the Bill Nov. 3, 1981 In favor: 90,333    Opposed: 144,647  
1982 L.D. 1737,   I.B. 2 An Act to Adjust Annually Individual Income Tax Laws to Eliminate Inflation-Induced Increases in Individual State Income Taxes "Died Between Houses", sent out to Referendum Same as the Bill Nov. 2, 1982 In favor: 240,023    Opposed: 182,939 1981 I.B.  2 Enacted:                                              36 MRSA § 5401,to 5403                                        Amended :                                                 36 MRSA §§ 5111, 5124-A and 5126
1982 L.D. 1935     I.B. 3 An Act to Repeal the Control of Milk Prices at the Wholesale and Retail Levels "Ought Not to Pass, sent out to Referendum Same as the Bill Nov. 2, 1982 In favor: 222,422    Opposed: 232,430  
1982 L.D. 1989,   I.B. 4 An Act to End the Use of Nuclear Power for Producing Electricity "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum Same as the Bill Nov. 2, 1982 In favor: 201,617    Opposed: 256,124  
1983 L.D. 743,          I.B. 1 An Act to Repeal the Law Providing an Open Season on Moose "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Shall Maine Repeal the Hunting Season on Moose?" Nov. 8, 1983 In favor: 121,125    Opposed: 185,603  
1985 L.D. 615,              I.B. 1 An Act to Require Voter Approval of the Disposal of Low-level Radioactive Waste "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum as Measure "A" with competing measure "B",  L.D. 1649, P.L. 1985, c. 493 "Do You Want the Right to Vote for or Against Any Plan for the Storage or Disposal of Low-level Radioactive Waste? Nov. 5, 1985 In favor: "A" 86,678     "B"  45,920    "C" Against Both Measures: 39,893 I.B. 1985, c. 1 Enacted:                                              38 MRSA §§ 1491 to 1497.                                                                     
1985 L.D. 1649         (Competing Measure) An Act to Establish a State Policy Relating to the Disposal of Low-level Radioactive Waste Enacted as P.L. 1985, c. 493 as a Competing Measure  to L.D. 615, I.B. 1. It was question "B" on the ballot. " Do You Want to Vote on any Maine Site for Disposal of Low-level Radioactve Waste if it is not Disposed of safely Outside of Maine or at the Maine Yankee Site?" Nov. 5, 1985 In favor: "A" 86,678     "B"  45,920    "C" Against Both Measures:   39,893  
1986 L.D. 2092    I.B. 2 An Act to Prohibit the Promotion and Wholesale Promotion of Pornographic Material in the State of Maine Ought Not to Pass, sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Make it a Crime to Make, Sell, Give for Value, or Otherwise Promote Obscene Material in Maine?" June. 10,1986 In favor: 81,970    Opposed: 209,537  
1986 L.D. 2093     I.B. 3 An Act to Prohibit Mandatory Local Measured Service and to Preserve Affordable Traditional Flat Rate Local Telephone Service at as Low a Cost as Possible "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You want to Ban Mandatory Local Measured Phone Service and Direct the State to Keep Flat Rate Phone Service at as Low  a Cost as Possible?" Nov. 4, 1986 In favor: 241,894    Opposed: 178,745 I.B. 1985, c. 2 Enacted as:                                        35 MRSA § 80                                  Currently: 35-A MRSA § 7303
1987 L.D. 20,                I.B. 1 An Act Regarding the Generation of Electric Power and High-level Radioactive Waste "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Let any Power Plant Like Maine Yankee Operate after July 4, 1988, if it Makes High  Level Nuclear Waste?" Nov. 3, 1987 In favor: 235,069    Opposed: 162,902 A "Yes" vote allowed Maine Yankee to continue operating
1989 L.D. 255,      I.B. 1 A Resolution Regarding the Testing of Cruise Missiles in Maine "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor Stopping Cruise Missile Tests in Maine?" Nov. 7, 1989 In favor: 122,820    Opposed: 112,109 I.B. 1989, c.1 This was a "Resolution" only. No statutory citations.
1989 L.D. 256 ,     I.B. 2 An Act to Limit Spending and Contributions in Campaigns for Governor "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor the Changes in Maine Law Concerning Campaign Finances for Candidates for Governor, as Proposed by Citizen Petition?" Nov. 7, 1989 In favor: 98,558  Opposed: 126,140  
1990 L.D. 2371,    I.B. 3 An Act to Amend the Sunday Sales Law "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor the Change in Maine Law that Would Allow all Stores a Choice to Open on Sunday and Certain Holidays, Provided Stores in Excess of 5000 Square Feet of Selling Space do not Require thier Employees to Work on Such Days Proposed by Citizen Petition?" Nov. 6, 1990 In favor: 272,129  Opposed: 246,378 I.B. 1989, c. 2 Amended:                                           17 MRSA § 3204
1991 L.D. 719,           I.B. 1 An Act to Deauthorize the Widening of the Maine Turnpike and to Create a Sensible Transportation Policy "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor the Changes in Maine Law Concerning Deauthorizing the Widening of the Maine Turnpike and Establishing Transportation Policy Proposed by Citizen Petition?" Nov. 5, 1991 In favor: 224,277 Opposed: 156,861 I.B 1991, c. 1 Enacted:                                                23 MRSA §§ 73, 1961 (5),(6) and 1964 (6-A),                        Amended:                                            23 MRSA §§ 1961 (2), 1965 (1)(D),(O), 1968 (1), 1974 (4) and  1977
1991 LD 720,             I.B. 2 An Act to Enact the Passenger Rail Service Act   L.D. 720 was enacted with amendment H-461 by the Legislature and never went to referendum for a vote None None None P.L. 1991,c. 587 Enacted:                                               23 MRSA §§ 7171 to 7181
1993 LD 751,           I.B. 1 An Act to Impose Term Limitations on Legislators, Constitutional Officers and the State Auditor "Died Between Houses", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor Changes in Maine Law Limiting the Number of Terms Which May Be Served by Maine's State Legislators, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General and State Auditor Proposed by Citizen Petition?" Nov. 2, 1993 In favor: 159,785   Opposed: 76,732 I.B. 1993, c. 1 Enacted:                                                21-A MRSA §§ 551 to 554
1994 L.D. 1983,       I.B. 2 An Act to Impose Term Limits on Members of the United States Congress "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor the Changes in Maine Law Limiting the Number of Terms which May Be Served by Maine's Representatives to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate Proposed by Citizen Petition?" Nov. 8, 1994 In favor: 312,007   Opposed: 182,192 I.B. 1993, c. 2 Enacted:                                                21-A MRSA § 421.                                   This law was declared unconstitutional by a Maine Federal District Court decision                 " League of Women Voters of Maine v. Diamond,                         No. 94-377-P-H                                (D. Me.,  May 26, 1995)"               and was repealed by                      P.L. 1995, c. 516 § 5.
1995 L.D. 310,     I.B. 1 An Act to Limit Protected Classes Under Maine Law "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor the Changes in Maine Law Limiting Protected Classifications, in Future State and Local Laws to Race, Color, Sex, Physical or Mental Disability, Religion, Age, Ancestry, National Origin, Familial Statuts, and Marital Status, and Repealiung Existing Laws which Expand these Classifications as Proposed by Citizen Petition?" Nov. 7, 1995 In favor: 193,938   Opposed: 221,562  
1995 L.D. 716,         I.B. 2 An Act to Repeal the Motor Vehicle Emission Program  L.D. 716 was enacted with amendment H-144 by the Legislature and never went to referendum for a vote None None None P.L. 1995, c. 49 Repealed:                                              29-A MRSA § 403                          and                                                   38 MRSA §§ 2401 to 2408
1995 L.D. 717,          I.B. 3 An Act to Establish the Outdoor Heritage Fund  L.D. 717 was enacted with amendment H-279 by the Legislature and never went to referendum for a vote None None None P.L. 1995, c. 494 Enacted:                                                5 MRSA § 942-A,                         8 MRSA § 374(5)                                         and                                                   12 MRSA §§ 7781 to 7789                                        Amended:                                               2 MRSA  § 6 and  5 MRSA § 12004-G
1996 L.D. 1819,     I.B. 4 An Act top Promote Forest Rehabilitation and Eliminate Clearcutting "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum as Question 2A along with Competing Measure Resolution  C.M.R. 1995, c.1,              (L.D. 1892 ), Question 2B "Do You Want Maine to Ban Clearcutting and Set Other New Logging Standards?" Nov. 5, 1996 In favor: "2A" 175,078    "2B"  282,620    "2C" Against Both Measures: 139,176 The Initiated Bill was not approved .                                        Question 2B (L.D. 1892) did received the largest number of of votes and was carried over  to the next general election on Nov. 4, 1997 for further consideration by the voters. This measure was defeated at the Nov. 4, 1997 vote

1996, 1997

L.D.1892 An Act to Implement the Compact for Maine's Forests Enacted with amendments  H-924, H-931,  H-933, S-605 and  S-606 as Competing Measure Resolution, C.M.R 1995, c. 1. Became Question 2B on the Ballot.  "Do You Want the Compact for Maine's Forests to Become Law to Promote Sustainable Forest Management Practices Throughout the State?" Nov. 5, 1996 and Nov. 4, 1997 In favor: "2A" 175,078    "2B"  282,620    "2C" Against Both      Measures: 139,176 C.M.R. 1995, c.1 The Initiated Bill was not approved.                                         Question 2B (L.D. 1892) did receive the largest number of votes and was carried over to the next general election on Nov. 4, 1997 for further consideration by the voters. This measure was defeated at this later Referendum.
1996 L.D. 1823,         I.B. 5 An Act to Reform Campaign Finance "Died Between Houses", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want Maine to Adopt New Campaign Finance Laws and Give Public Funding to Candidates for State Office Who Agree to Spending Limits?" Nov. 5, 1996 In favor: 320,755     Opposed: 250,185 I.B 1995, c. 1 Enacted:                                               21-A MRSA §§ 1121 to 1128, and   36 MRSA § 5286                           Amended:                                                    1 MRSA §§ 1002, 1008,  3 MRSA §§ 313 and  320,   5 MRSA § 12004-G,  21-A MRSA §§ 23, 1015,  1017,  1018,  1020-A and 1056                                   Repealed and replaced  21-A MRSA § 1019
1996 L.D. 1827          
I.B. 6
An Act to Seek Congressional Term Limits "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want Maine to Require Candidates snd Elected Officials to Show Support for Congressional Term Limits or Have their Refusal Printed on the Ballot?" Nov. 5,  1996 In favor: 318,119   Opposed: 225,620 I.B. 1995, c.2 Enacted:                                               21-A MRSA §§ 641 to 646.                                                                   This act was repealed by             P.L. 2001, c. 516 § 8
1997 L.D.1892            Carry-over Meaure An Act to Implement the Compact for Main's Forests Enacted with amendments H-924, H-931, H-933,              S-605 and S-606 as Competing Measure Resolution, C.M.R 1995, c. 1. Was Question 2B on the Ballot. On the Nov. 5, 1996 ballot. "Do You Want the Compact for Maine's Forests to Become Law to Promote Sustainable Forest Management Practices Throughout the State?" Carry over measure from Nov. 5, 1996. Voted on  Nov. 4, 1997 In favor: 164,574 Opposed:   182,368 C.M.R. 1995, c.1 This Competing Measure Resolution received enough votes at the Nov. 5, 1996 votes to be carried over to the Nov. 4, 1997 Referendum where it was voted on as a stand alone measure. It was not approved at this Referendum
1997

L.D. 1017,
I.B. 1

An Act to Protect Traditional Marriage and Prohibit Same Sex Marriages Enacted with amendment H-104 by the Legislature and was never went to a Referendum None None None P.L. 1997, c. 65 Enacted:
19 MRSA §2-A
1999 L.D. 1593,         I.B. 1 An Act to Ban Partial Birth Abortion "Died Between Houses", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Ban a Specific Abortion Procedure to be Defined in Law , except in Cases Where the Life of the Mother is in Danger?" Nov. 2, 1999 In favor: 185,541  Opposed: 232,113  
1999 L.D. 2109,         I.B. 2 An Act to Permit the Medical Use of Marijuana "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Allow Patients with Specific Illnesses to Grow and Use Small Amounts of Marijuana for Treatment, as Long as Such Use is Approved by a Doctor?" Nov. 2, 1999 In favor: 256,387      Opposed:   161,114 I.B. 1999, c. 1 Enacted;                                               15 MRSA 5821-A, and                 22 MRSA §§ 2383-B (A-1), (A-2), (B-1),(3)(E) and  (5)
2000 L.D. 2348,        I.B. 3 An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Should a Terminally Ill Adult Who is of Sound Mind be Allowed to Ask for and Receive a Doctor's Help to Die?" Nov. 7, 2000 In favor: 315,031      Opposed:   332,280  
2000 L.D. 2349,        I.B 4 An Act to Allow Video Lottery Terminals  "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Allow Video Lottery Machines at Certain Horse Racing Tracks if 40% of the Profits are Used for Property Tax Relief?" Nov. 7, 2000 In favor: 253,920      Opposed:   387,872  
2000 L.D. 2594,        I.B. 5 An Act Regarding  Forest Practices "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Favor Requiring Landowners to Obtain a Permit for All Clear-cuts and Defining Cutting Levels for Lands Subject to the Tree Growth Tax Law?" Nov. 7, 2000 In favor: 181,643      Opposed:   459,239  
2000 L.D. 2602,         I.B. 6 An Act to Repeal the Sales Tax on  Snack Food Except Candy and Confections  L.D. 2602  was enacted with amendment H-1014 by the Legislature and never went to referendum for a vote
None None  P.L. 1999, c. 698

Amended: |
36 MRSA § 1752 (3)                                                              Repealed:                                                             36 MRSA § 1752 (14-C)  

2003 L.D. 1370,         An Act te Enact the Maine Tribal Gaming Act "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Allow a Casino to be Run by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Nation if Part of the Revenue is Used for State Education and Municipal Revenue Sharing?" Nov. 4, 2003 In favor: 170,500    Opposed:   346,583  
2003 L.D. 1371,         I.B. 1 An Act to Allow Slot Machines at Commercial Horse Racing Tracks "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Allow Slot Machines at Certain Commercial Horse Racing Tracks if Part of the Proceeds are Used to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for the Elderly and Disabled, and for Scholarships to the State Universities and Technocal Colleges?" Nov. 4, 2003 In favor: 272,394  Opposed:   242,490 I.B. 2003, c. 1

Enacted:                                                7 MRSA § 76 and 8 MRSA §§ 296, 297, 901 to 904, 911 to 917, 921 to 923, 931 to 937,  22 MRSA § 1511 (9) and  25 MRSA §902(4)                                                  Amended:                                           
8 MRSA § 263-C (4) and  §  271 (1)

2003 L.D. 1372,         I.B. 2 An Act to Enact the School Finance and Tax Reform Act of 2003 "Indefinitely Postponed", sent out to Referendum as Question 1A along with Competing Measure Resolution, C.M.R. 2003, c. 1, (L.D. 1629) Question 1B. "Do You Want the State to Pay 55% of the Cost of Public Education, which Includes All Special Education Costs, for the Purpose of Shifting Costs from the Property Tax to State Resources?" Nov. 4, 2003 and June 8, 2004 In favor: "1A" 185,392   "1B"  171,782   "1C" Against Both      Measures: 133,349 Became I.B. 2003, c. 2 after voter approval at the June 8, 2004 election. The Initiated measure received the greater number of votes and was carried over  to a  Special Election on  June 8, 2004  for another vote. This measure  was approved at this election.                                                  Enacted:                                              20-A MRSA §§ 15681 to 15685 and                                                          30-A MRSA § 5681(5-B)                                                                                                                         Amended:                                           30-A MRSA § 5681 (3)
2003 L.D. 1629 Resolution, Proposing a Competing Measure under the Constitution of Maine to Create Municipal Service Districts to Reduce the Cost  of Local Government, to Provide Property Tax Relief and to Increase Economic Competitiveness Enacted as a Competing Measure Resolution, C.M.R. 2003, c. 1, (L.D. 1629) Question 1B to compete with L.D. 1372, I.B. 3, Question 1A. "Do You Want to Lower Property Taxes and Avoid the Need for a Significant Increase in State Taxes by Phasing in a 55% State Contribution to the Cost of Public Education and by Providing Expanded Property Tax Relief?" Nov. 4, 2003 In favor: "1A" 185,392   "1B"  171,782   "1C" Against Both      Measures: 133,349 C.M.R. 2003, c1 The Competing Measure failed to receive enough votes to defeat the Initiative (L.D. 1372) and was not approved.
2004 L.D. 1372, 
I.B. 3 
Carry-over Measure
An Act to Enact the School Finance and Tax Reform Act of 2003 Carried over from the Nov. 4,   2003 election.         Previously: "Indefinitely Postponed", sent out to Referendum as Question 1A along with Competing Measure Resolution,   C.M.R. 2003, c. 1, (L.D. 1629),  Question 1B. "Do You Want the State to Pay 55% of the Cost of Public Education, which Includes All Special Education Costs, for the Purpose of Shifting Costs from the Property Tax to State Resources?"  June 8, 2004.      Carried over fron the Nov. 4, 2003 election. In favor:      99,764         Opposed:    81,347 I.B. 2003, c. 2 The Initiated measure received the greater number of votes and was carried over  to a Special Election on  June 8, 2004  for another vote. This measure  was approved at this election.                                                  Enacted:                                                  20-A MRSA §§ 15681 to 15685 and                                                        30-A MRSA § 5681(5-B)                                              Amended:                                          30-A MRSA § 5681 (3)
2004 L.D. 1893, 
I.B. 4
An Act to Impose Limits on Real and Personal Property Taxes "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Limit Property Taxes to 1% of the Assessed Value of the Property?" Nov. 2, 2004 In favor:      271,636        Opposed:   458,369  
2004 L.D. 1938,         I.B. 5 An Act Prohibiting Certain Bear Hunting Practices "Ought Not to Pass", sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Make it a Crime to Hunt Bears with Bait, Traps or Dogs, except to Protect Property, Public Safety or for Research?" Nov. 2, 2004 In favor:      344,322        Opposed:   389,455  
2006 L.D. 2075, 
I.B. 1
An Act to Create a Taxpayer Bill of Rights "Ought Not to Pass" sent out to Referendum "Do You Want to Limit Increases in State and Local Government Spending to the Rate of Inflation Plus Population Growth and to Require Voter Approval for All Tax and Fee Increases?" Nov. 7, 2006 In favor:       247,175   Opposed:     288,971  
2007 L.D. 805,
I.B. 1
An Act to Authorize a Tribal Commercial Track and Slot Machines in Washington County Enacted with amendment S-37 by the Legislature. Vetoed by the Governor. Veto Sustained. Sent out to Referendun "Do you want to allow a Maine tribe to run a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County?”  Nov. 6 ,                2007 In favor:       130,164 Opposed:     142,458  
2007 L.D. 1856,
I.B. 2
An Act to Allow a Tax Credit for College Loan Repayments Enacted with amendment H-414 and never went to Referendum. None None P.L. 2007, c. 469 Enacted:                                                           20-A MRSA §§ 12541 to 12543        and                                                                             30-A MRSA § 5271-D
2008

L.D. 2261,
I.B. 3

An Act to Allow a Casino in Oxford County ONTP. Sent out to Referendum Not Approved: "Do you want to allow a certain Maine company to have the only casino in Maine, to be located in Oxford County, if part of the revenue is used to fund specific state programs?" Nov. 4, 2008. In favor: 333685
Opposed: No: 389251
 
2009 L.D. 974,
I.B. 1
An Act to decrease the Automobile Excise Tax and Promote Energy Efficiency ONTP. Sent out to Referendum. "Do You want to Cut the Rate of the Municipal Excise Tax by an Average of 55% on Motor Vehicles Less than Six Years Old and Exempt Hybrid and Other Alternative-energy and Highly Fuel-efficient Motor Vehicles from sales Tax and Three Years of Excise Tax?" Nov. 3, 2009 In favor:
145,610
Opposed:
416,714
 
2009 L.D. 975,
I.B. 2
An Act to Establish the Maine medical Marijuana Act ONTP. Sent out to Referendum. "Do You want to Change the Medical Marijuana Laws to Allow Treatment of More Medical Conditions and to Create a Regulated System of Distribution?" Nov. 3, 2009 In favor : 332,038
Opposed: 232,024
I.B. 2009, c. 1  
2009 L.D. 976,
I.B. 3
An Act to Promote Tax Relief ONTP. Sent out to Referendum. "Do You want to Change the Existing Formulas that Limit State and Local Government Spending and Require Voter Approval by Referendum for Spending over those Limits and for Increases in State Taxes?" Nov. 3, 2009 In favor : 223,059
Opposed: 336,144
 
2009

L.D. 977,
I.B. 4

An Act to Repeal the School Consolidation Laws ONTP. Sent out to Referendum. "Do You want to Repeal the 2007 Law on School District Consolidation and Restore the Laws Previously in Effect?" Nov. 3, 2009 In favor : 228.952
Opposed: 416,617
 
2010

L.D. 1808,
I.B. 5

An Act to Allow a Casino in Oxford County Indef. postponed. Sent out to Referendum. "Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?" Nov. 2, 2010 In favor : 284,934
Opposed: 280,211
I.B. 2009, c. 2  
2011

L.D. 985,
I.B. 1

An Act Regarding a Slot Machine Facility Died between Houses. Sent out to Referendum. Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines in Lewiston, with part of the profits going to support specific state and local programs? Nov. 8, 2011

In favor:
143,127
Opposed:
248,467

 

 
2011 L.D. 1203,
I.B. 2

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Deadline and Conditions for Municipal Approval of a Second Racino and To Allow a Tribal Racino in Washington County

 

Enactment failed. Sent out to Referendum. Do you want to allow a slot machine facility at a harness racing track in Biddeford or another community within 25 miles of Scarborough Downs, subject to local approval, and at a harness racing track in Washington County, with part of the profits from these acilities going to support pecific state and local programs? Nov. 8, 2011

In favor:
176,718
Opposed:
215,115

 
2012 L.D. 1860,
I.B. 3

An Act To Allow Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom

 

Indef. postponed. Sent out to Referendum. Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Nov. 6, 2012

In favor:
372,887
Opposed: 334,723

 

I.B. 2011, c. 1

Enacted:
19-A M.R.S.A, §§ 650-A, 650-B, 655(3).
Amended:
19-A M.R.S.A. §§ 651(2), 701.

2014

LD 1845,
I.B. 1

An Act to Prohibit  the Use of Dogs, Bait or Traps When Hunting Bears Except Under Certain Circumstances Indef. postponed. Sent out to Referendum. Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?  Nov. 4, 2014

In favor:
2821,728
Opposed:
323,024

   

See also our lists for
Referenda or People's Vetoes, or our compiled history,
"Citizen Initiated Legislation"



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