Maine Public Utilities Commission, REFERENDUM (1914)

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission People's Veto, also known as REFERENDUM, was on the September 14, 1914 ballot in Maine as a veto referendum, where it was approved. The measure created the Maine Public Utilities Commission and proscribed its powers and duties, including the regulation and control of public utilities.[1][2]

Election results

Maine REFERENDUM (1914)
Approveda Yes 67,635 64.63%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, People's Vetoes 1909-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]


Those in favor of the control of the public utilities of the State of Maine in the manner provided by "An Act to Create a Public Utilities Commission, Prescribe its Powers and Duties, and Provide for the Regulation, and Control of Public Utilities," will place a cross X in the square marked "Yes." Those opposed will place a cross X in the square marked "No."

The said act was passed by both branches of the Seventy-Sixth Legislature, and was approved by the Governor, March 27, 1913. It was prevented from becoming operative through the invocation of the Referendum. Whether or not this act shall eventually become a law is now before the people to be decided by popular vote. The full text of said act may be found in the Public Laws of 1913, Chapter 129. [3]

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  1. Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, "Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-," accessed April 2, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lewiston Daily Sun, "Sample Ballot," September 8, 1914
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.