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Maine Clearcutting Permits, Question 2 (2000)

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The Maine Clearcutting Permits Initiative, also known as Question 2, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The act would have required permits for clearcutting practices that would have limits based on the potential ecological harm done by the practice in a specific area.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 2 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No459,23971.66%
Yes 181,643 28.34%

Election results via: Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division: Referendum Election Tabulations, November 7, 2000

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Question 2: Citizen Initiative

Do you favor requiring landowners to obtain a permit for all clear-cuts and defining cutting levels for lands subject to the Tree Growth Tax Law? [3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:

This initiative amends the existing Forest Practices Act by adding provisions that will require owners of timberland to obtain a permit from the Maine Forest Service prior to undertaking any cutting that would result in a clear-cut, which is a term defined in existing law. Permits would be issued based on a finding that the clear-cut is silviculturally justified, that there are no reasonable alternatives to the proposed clear-cut and that the clear-cutting activity will not cause any undue adverse ecological damage.

The Act also prohibits landowners enrolled under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law from cutting trees on their land at a rate that exceeds the average annual growth rate of each species during the past ten years.

Finally, the Act authorizes the appointment by the Governor of a Maine Council on Sustainable Forest Management to establish rules, within six months, governing the issuance of permits for clear-cutting and implementation of the new restrictions on timber cutting by landowners enrolled under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law.

If approved, this Act would take effect 30 days after the proclamation of the vote.

A "YES" vote is in favor of the initiative and approves the legislation.

A "NO" vote is in opposition to the initiative and disapproves the legislation. [3]

Maine Secretary of State, [2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in Maine

A total of 43,745 petition signatures were submitted to place this measure before the state legislature. The legislature failed to enact the measure on April 11, 2000, when both chambers accepted the "Majority Ought Not to Pass Report." Because Maine has a system of indirect initiatives, the measure was referred to a popular vote of the electors.[4]

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