Maine Annual Legislative Session, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (1975)

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The Maine Annual Legislative Session Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 5, was on the November 4, 1975 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure provided for annual, instead of the then biennial, meetings of the legislature. The legislature was to meet on the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday of January following the general election. and the same day of the following year. The second meeting had a limited agenda of budgetary matters, legislation in the governor's call, emergency legislation, legislation that had been referred to committees in the first regular session and legislation brought by citizen initiated. This amended Article IV, Part First, Part Second and Part Third, as well as Article V, Part First, Part Second, and Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

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Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (1975)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 91,582 65.67%
No47,87734.33%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part First, Article IV, Part Second and Article IV, Part Third, Article V, Part First, Article V, Part Second, and Article IX

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 5

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to provide for annual sessions of the Legislature with limits on the matters which may considered in the second regular session of each biennium and to change the date of the convening of the Legislature?" [4]

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