Maine State Retirement System Funds in Trust, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1961)

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The Maine State Retirement System Funds in Trust Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the October 10, 1961 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure placed the funds of the Maine State Retirement System in trust and stipulated that they not be diverted.[1] It created a new section, Section 19-A, of Article IX of the Maine Constitution. The measure was declared invalid by the Maine Supreme Court.[2]

Aftermath

The approval of both proposed constitutional amendments on this ballot were declared invalid by the Maine Supreme Court. Maine The Maine Constitution required that referendums on constitutional amendments must be held during the month of November. Then Governor John H. Reed asked for the court's opinion after the Maine State Legislature had set October 10, 1961 as the date for the measures to be voted upon. The court also ruled that the measures could be resubmitted to voters in November of 1962. Both measures were resubmitted and approved a second time.[2]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1961)
OverturnedotOverturned Case:Opinion of the Justices 157 Me. 525 (1961)
ResultVotesPercentage
Yes 33,261 81.83%
No7,38718.17%

Election results via: Kennebec Journal, "On Two Constitutional Amendments Vote Ruled Illegal," November 10, 1961

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 1</center> "Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature providing that the funds of the Maine State Retirement System shall be maintained in trust and shall not be diverted?" [3]

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The other measure that was approved and overturned at this election was:

The measure as it was resubmitted to and approved by voters in 1962:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lewiston Evening Journal, "Specimen Ballot," October 3, 1961
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kennebec Journal, "On Two Constitutional Amendments Vote Ruled Illegal," November 10, 1961
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.