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Maine Bond Authorization Life Limits Extended to Partial Issues, Constitutional Amendment 5 (1984)

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The Maine Bond Authorization Life Limits Extended to Partial Issues Referendum, also known as Constitutional Amendment 5, was on the November 6, 1984 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure extended the automatic deauthorization of bonds not issued within five years of their authorization to cases in which some but not all authorized bonds have been issued within five years. This amended Section 14 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

See also: Maine Bond Authorization Life Limits, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1982)


This measure extended provisions regarding bond issues that were added to the Maine Constitution in 1982. A legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was approved that year which prohibited the issuing bonds if the bond authorization required voter approval and had not issued any bonds within five years of ratification. The legisalture could extend this period by another five years for two years after the expiration or deauthorize the bonds. If the legislature were not to act in that two year period, the bonds would be considered deauthorized.[1][4][5]

Election results

Maine Constitutional Amendment 5 (1984)
Approveda Yes 309,717 63.88%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 14

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to limit the life of bonds authorized but not issued?" [6]

Constitutional changes

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

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