Maine Initiative and Referendum Petition Procedures, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1975)

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The Maine Initiative and Referendum Petition Procedures Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2, was on the November 4, 1975 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure created a filing deadline of 5 p.m. on the ninetieth day after the recess of the legislature for petitions for referendum. It also created an initiative petition deadline of 5 p.m. on the 50th day after the convening of the legislature in regular session. Additionally, the measure suspended the effective date of any act, bill, resolve or resolution that is contained in a referendum petition. The measure also stipulated that if the governor failed to declare a special election after the submission of a petition, the secretary of state was empowered to do so, instead. The measure also empowered the legislature to establish procedures for determining the validity of written petitions.[2]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1975)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 105,073 76.10%
No32,99523.90%

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

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 2

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to establish billing dates for initiative and referendum petitions; clarify when the effective date of a bill is suspended by the filing of a referendum petition; clarify the process of calling a special election for an initiative or referendum vote; limit legislative amendment and repeal of laws initiated or approved by the people; clarify the petition process; and provide for review of the validity of petitions?"

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