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Maine Time Frame for Gubernatorial Action on Legislation Referendum (1976)

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The Maine Time Frame for Gubernatorial Action on Legislation Referendum was on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure increased the number of days the governor had to act on legislation presented to him or her before it would take automatically take effect from five to ten, not including Sundays. This amended Section 2 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[2]

Election results

Maine Gubernatorial Time for Action on Legislation Referendum (1976)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 332,174 77.21%
No98,04322.79%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Third, Section 2

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to allow the Governor ten days to act on legislation?" [3]

Constitutional changes

The following changes were made to Section 2 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution with the crossed out text being removed and the underlined text being added:[2]

If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the Governor within five ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, it shall have the same force and effect, as if he had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within three days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law.

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