Maine First Legislative Session Convening Date, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 4 (1978)

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The Maine First Legislative Session Convening Date Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 4, was on the November 7, 1978 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure moved the convening of the Legislature from January to December following a general election. This only applied to the first session of a biennium; the second session would still convene in January. This amended Sections 2 and 5 of Part First; Sections 2 and 3, 4 and 5 of Part Second; and Section 1 of Part Third of Article IV of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 4 (1978)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 165,262 51.86%
No153,40948.14%

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 Sections 2 and 5; Part Second, Sections 2 and 3, 4 and 5; and Part Third, Section 1

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to provide for the convening of the Legislature in December following the general election, instead of in January?" [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

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