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Maine Line-Item Veto Legislation
Last updated: February 2021

Introduction

In 1995, Maine voters approved a constitutional amendment to establish the line-item veto (Maine Constitution Article IV, Part Third, §2-A). A limited form of veto, this mechanism allows the governor to reduce specific appropriations or allocations in legislation.

This legislative history includes attempts to enact a line-item veto since 1907. It also covers any proposed amendments to Article IV, Part Third, 2-A; however, no attempts to amend it have been proposed since its enactment in 1995.


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Year LD Amendments Final Disposition Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1963 LD 1452

RESOLVE, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
N/A ONTP Senate, May 28, 1963
p. 2346-2348
N/A N/A
1965 LD 680

RESOLVE, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
N/A Failed final passage House, May 5, 1965
p. 1820
N/A N/A
1967 LD 145

RESOL VE, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
N/A ONTP House, May 11, 1967
p. 1827-1830

Senate, May 12, 1967
p. 1929-1931
N/A N/A
1969 LD 393

RESOLVE, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
N/A ONTP Senate, April 30, 1969
p. 1657-1661

House, May 1, 1969
p. 1663-1665
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1971 LD 573

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
N/A ONTP House, April 2, 1971
p. 1163-1165

Senate, April 8, 1971
p. 1362-1364
N/A N/A
1973 LD 803

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
N/A Indefinitely postponed House, April 5, 1973
p. 1418-1421
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1976 LD 2170

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money
Proposed amendments:

H-941
H-942
H-943
H-1039
Died between houses House, March 2, 1976
p. 317-324

Senate, March 9, 1976
p. 404

Senate, March 12, 1976
p. 448-449

House, March 19, 1976
p. 535

House, March 23, 1976
p. 593-595

Senate, March 24, 1976
p. 649

House, March 26, 1976
p. 726-728

Senate, March 31, 1976
p. 871-872

House, April 1, 1976
p. 878
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1977 LD 1520

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money and Retaining the Power within the Legislature to Override such Item Vetoes
Proposed amendment:

S-264
Died between houses House, June 13, 1977
p. 1602

Senate, June 14, 1977
p. 1643

House, June 16, 1977
p. 1727-1729

Senate, June 16, 1977
p. 1740-1741

House, June 22, 1977
p. 1893-1894
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1979 LD 1386

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Permit the Governor to Veto or Reduce Appropriations in Bills and to Permit the Legislature to Override that Veto or Reduction
N/A Leave to withdraw No debate. N/A N/A
1985 LD 461

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money and Retaining the Power within the Legislature to Override such Item Vetoes
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1987 LD 858

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Permit the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money and Retaining the Power within the Legislature to Override such Item Vetoes
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1989 LD 4

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow the Governor to Veto Items Contained in Bills Appropriating Money and Retaining the Power in the Legislature to Override those Line Item Vetoes
Proposed amendment:

H-32
ONTP House, April 6, 1989
p. 435-437

Senate, April 10, 1989
p. 451-453
N/A Yes
1993 LD 1277

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide the Governor with a Line-item Veto
Proposed amendments:

H-338
H-393
S-189
S-203
Died between houses House, May 20, 1993
p. H-818-H-821

House, May 21, 1993
p. H-845-H-847

Senate, May 25, 1993
p. S-792-S-794

House, May 26, 1993
p. H-953-H-954

Senate, May 27, 1993
p. S-846-S-847
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1993 LD 1327

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow the Governor to Veto Specific Appropriations and Allocations
N/A ONTP No debate. N/A Yes
1995 LD 900

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide the Governor with Line-item Veto Power Relating to Budget Legislation
N/A ONTP No debate. News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1995 LD 1003

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Establish a Line-item Veto
Enacted with amendments:

H-175
H-238
Con. Res. 1995, c. 1

Approved at Nov. 7, 1995 referendum

Yes:  286,929
No:   115,216
House, May 3, 1995
p. H-501

House, May 10, 1995
p. H-595-H-600

House, May 24, 1995
p. H-739-H-740

Senate, May 25, 1995
p. S-895-S-897

House, June 5, 1995
p. H-839-H-841

House, June 6, 1995
p. H-878

House, January 30, 1996
p. H-1582-H-1583
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1995 LD 1005

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide Line-item Veto Power on Budget Legislation to the Governor
N/A ONTP No debate. News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1995 LD 1071

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide the Governor with a Line-item Veto
N/A ONTP No debate. News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes