Maine Bond Authorization Life Limits, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1982)

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The Maine Bond Authorization Life Limits Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the November 2, 1982 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure prohibited the issuing bonds if the bond authorization required voter approval and had not issued any bonds within five years of ratification. The legisalture could extend this period by another five years for two years after the expiration or deauthorize the bonds. If the legislature were not to act in that two year period, the bonds would be considered deauthorized. This amended Section 14 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Aftermath

In 1984, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was approved which extended the automatic deauthorization of bonds not issued within five years of their authorization to cases in which some but not all authorized bonds have been issued within five years.[1][4][5]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1982)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 241,838 61.29%
No152,72738.71%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 14

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to limit the life of bonds authorized but not issued?" [6]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

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