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Maine initiatives closer to becoming laws rather than being placed on ballot

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June 9, 2011

AUGUSTA, Maine: Two Maine ballot initiatives took one step closer to becoming laws recently, which would skip public vote on the issues during the 2011 general election.

On June 6, 2011, the Maine House of Representatives approved both initiatives, sending them to the Maine State Senate for a similar vote. If that chamber votes in favor of the measures, they would automatically be implemented.

Since the measures' signatures were verified, and because the measures are indirect initiated state statutes, they were sent to the Maine Legislature earlier this year for review. Hypothetically, if the measures are made into laws by the legislature, they would not remain on the November ballot.

In order to place the proposals on the 2011 ballot, a minimum of 58,054 valid signatures were required by January 20, 2011. The number of signatures required by law represents 10% of the total votes cast for governor (excluding blanks) in the most recent election as established in Article 4, Part Third, Section 18, sub-section 2 of the Maine Constitution.[1]

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