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Secretary Dunlap receives petitions for people's veto of immunization law

September 18, 2019
Secretary of State

Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski, o: 207-626-8404

AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has received petitions for the people's veto of LD 798, as of todays 5 p.m. deadline. Fourteen peoples veto efforts were in circulation as of the Maine Legislatures adjournment on June 20. Of those, this is the only one that has submitted signed petitions:

  • LD 798 (Chaptered Law 154 http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_129th/chapters/PUBLIC154.asp ): An Act to Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases By Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements

    The law that is the subject of this peoples veto effort is now stayed from taking effect. The Secretary of States Office has 30 days to certify the petitions and determine if the threshold of registered voters signatures has been met. Proponents must submit at least 63,067 valid signatures of registered Maine voters. The LD 798 petitioners report a total of 93,531 signatures.

    If this peoples veto effort is certified to have the required number of valid signatures, the peoples veto question will go before voters at the Tuesday, March 3, 2020 presidential preference primary election, which is the next statewide election. The ballot question is worded thusly:

    "Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?"

    If the peoples veto effort is determined to be invalid, then the law in question will take effect the day following that determination.

    Visit the Peoples Veto page of the Maine Department of the Secretary of State website https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/citizens/index.html for more information.