Maine initiative sent to legislature; second initiative awaiting verification
AUGUSTA, Maine: Two initiative efforts in the state of Maine submitted petition signatures to the Maine Secretary of State by the January 20, 2011 deadline. Now, one initiative is on its way to the state legislature for review as the Maine Secretary of State found that the effort had collected enough signatures.
The slot machine facility proposal, which supporters turned in petitions days before the deadline, had signatures certified on February 4, 2011, the deadline for the secretary's office to do so for that initiative. According to Stavros Mendros, organizer of the petition drive: "We're obviously delighted. We're ecstatic. We're ready to move forward with the next step." The deadline for the secretary of state to certify signatures for the second initiative, a racino proposal, is February 18, 2011.
The two measures are indirect initiated state statutes, which means, in order to place them on the 2011 ballot a minimum of 58,054 valid signatures were required to be turned in. If the required amount of signatures are verified, the measures then go to the state legislature for review. If legislators don't vote to adopt a similar law, it will be placed on the November 2011 ballot.