The Maine Wildlife Agency Funding Amendment
did not appear on the 2011 ballot
in the state of Maine
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The proposed ballot measure would have amended the Maine Constitution
to allocate 1.2 percent of sales tax revenue collected to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The measure was introduced during 2011 state legislative session
- According to Maine Senate President Kevin Raye: "I've long supported this concept and I think that there's a growing recognition that there's really a crisis in terms of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife."
Path to the ballot
According to Section 4 of Article X, if the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine State Senate both voted by at least a 2/3rds majority, a proposed amendment to the constitution could have been placed on the statewide ballot on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November after the state legislature acts. On June 6, 2011, the Maine House of Representatives voted 92, to 54 on the bill, short of the 2/3rds majority needed to approve it. The vote was a preliminary one, however. The Maine State Senate had previously passed the bill.