Maine Excise Tax on Electricity Corporations, Direct Initiative Question No. 1 (1933)

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The Maine Excise Tax on Electricity Corporations Initiative, also known as Direct Initiative Question No. 1, was on the September 11, 1933 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have raised an excise tax on corporations organized for making, generating, selling, distributing or supplying electricity or electric current for power, lighting, heating, manufacturing or mechanical purposes.[1][2]

While the measure was called "Direct Initiative Question No. 1" on the ballot, all of Maine's initiatives are indirect because they are first submitted to the legislature. The legislature decides whether or not to vote on the initiated measure or to refer it to the people. Hence, the measures are often called "direct" because they are voted upon by the people, not the legislature.

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Maine

Election results

Maine Direct Initiative Question No. 1 (1933)
Defeatedd No90,80466.37%
Yes 46,015 33.63%

Election results via: Main State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1910-

Text of measure

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

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Maine

The bill voted upon by the people was originally titled "An Act to Raise An Excise Tax on Corporations Organized for Making, Generating, Selling, Distributing and/or Supplying Electricity or Electric Current for Power, Lighting, Heating, Manufacturing or Mechanical Purposes." Written petitions signed by no less than 12,000 electors were addressed to the 86th State Legislature. They were filed with the Secretary of State at least 30 days before the close of the regular session respectfully requesting that if the bill failed to be enacted by the Legislature that a special elections would be call by the Governor. The Governor proclaimed on April 26, 1933 that such an election would be held on September 11, 1933.[2]

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