Maine 2014 ballot measures

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2015
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Seven statewide ballot measures are certified for the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in Maine.

A total of six initiatives filed for potential spots on the 2014 ballot, however, only one was certified. The certified measure is an indirect initiated state statute that addresses hunting. 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 enact the legislation or for legislation to be 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, 2014 and was projected to conclude on April 16, 2014. The session went into recess and eventually convened on May 2, 2014. Six legislatively-referred bond questions were referred to the ballot.

Historical facts

  • Since 1996, an average of six measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Maine. Therefore, 2014 is an above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
  • The number of measures on a statewide ballot since 1996 has ranged from two to 11.
  • Since 1996, 82 of 110, or 75 percent, of Maine ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 28 of 110, or 25 percent, of measures have been defeated.

On the ballot

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
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 ageing
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

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

Note: These measures will not be on the 2014 ballot but could be on the 2015 or 2016 ballots.[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Common Core Referendum Education Repeals use of Common Core standards in state schools Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Parental Consent for Abortion Abortion Requires parental consent for minors seeking to have an abortion Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Remove Concealed Handgun Permit Firearms Repeals the concealed handgun permit requirement Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Mandatory Minimums for Sexual Offenses Law Enforcement Creates mandatory minimum sentences for sexual offenses against victims under 12 years of age Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Remove Restrictions on Weapons Firearms Removes restrictions on the carrying and use of weapons Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


See also

Maine


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