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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]

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

"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?"

Constitutional changes

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

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