Maine 2014 ballot measures
Seven statewide ballot measures were on the November 4, 2014, statewide ballot in Maine: one indirect initiated state statute and six legislatively-referred bond questions. The initiative, which sought to restrict bear hunting, was defeated; all six bond issues were approved.
A total of six initiatives - five initiated state statutes and one veto referendum - were filed for potential spots on the 2014 ballot; however, only one was certified. In order to put the measure before the legislature, supporters were required to collect at least 57,277 valid signatures and submit them by the February 3, 2014, filing deadline. The legislature then had the choice to either enact the legislation or have it placed on the ballot, as was done in this year's case.
The uncertified measures do not expire until 2015, so there is still the possibility that these measures will appear on 2015 or 2016 ballots.
Maine's 2014 legislative session began on January 8 and was projected to conclude on April 16, 2014. The session went into recess and eventually adjourned on May 2, 2014. Six legislatively-referred bond questions were referred to the ballot.
- Since 1996, an average of six measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Maine. Therefore, 2014 was a slightly above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1996 to 2014, the number of measures on statewide ballots ranged from two to 11.
- Between 1996 and 2014, 88 of 117, or 75 percent, of Maine ballot measures were approved by voters, which means that 2014 had an above-average approval rate at 86%.
- Conversely, 29 of 117, or 25 percent, of measures were defeated between 1996 and 2014.
On the ballot
|IndISS||Question 1||Hunt & Fish||Puts restrictions on certain bear hunting practices|
|BI||Question 2||Bonds||Issues $8 million in bonds to support agriculture, natural resources industries and human health monitoring|
|BI||Question 3||Bonds||Issues $4 million in bonds to insure loans to small businesses; issues $8 million in flexible loans to small businesses|
|BI||Question 4||Bonds||Issues $10 million in bonds to build a research center for genetic solutions to cancer and diseases of aging|
|BI||Question 5||Bonds||Issues $3 million in bonds to modernize and expand laboratory specializing in tissue repair and regeneration|
|BI||Question 6||Bonds||Issues $10 million in bonds to ensure clean water, protect drinking water and restore wetlands|
|BI||Question 7||Bonds||Issues $7 million in bonds to facilitate growth of marine businesses|
Not on the ballot
Note: These measures will not be on the 2014 ballot but could be on the 2015 or 2016 ballots.
|VR||Common Core Referendum||Education||Repeals use of Common Core standards in state schools|
|IndISS||Parental Consent for Abortion||Abortion||Requires parental consent for minors seeking to have an abortion|
|IndISS||Remove Concealed Handgun Permit||Firearms||Repeals the concealed handgun permit requirement|
|IndISS||Mandatory Minimums for Sexual Offenses||Law Enforcement||Creates mandatory minimum sentences for sexual offenses against victims under 12 years of age|
|IndISS||Remove Restrictions on Weapons||Firearms||Removes restrictions on the carrying and use of weapons|
State of Maine
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Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Commissioner of Education | Superintendent of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Commissioner of Conservation | Commissioner of Labor | Chairman of Public Utilities |