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Maine State Debt Limit Increase, Amendment No. 4 (1919)

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The Maine State Debt Limit Increase, also known as Amendment No. 4, was on the September 8, 1919 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure increased the state debt limit from $300,000 to $800,000.[1][2] This amended Section 14 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[3]


The state debt limit was raised again by a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in 1934, from $800,000 to $2 million. In 1950, the legislature was empowered to exceed the $2 million dollar limit if both houses voted by at least two-thirds to approve the increase in bonds.

Election results

Maine Amendment No. 4 (1919)
Approveda Yes 21,542 75.26%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 14

The full text of the ballot language can be read here.

Constitutional changes

The full text of the proposed constitutional changes can be read here.

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