Maine, USA, regional Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Amendments to Constitution

General Typology

Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Maine, USA
Political level
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Amendments to Constitution
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Maine Constitution, Article X, Section 4
The Legislature, whenever 2/3 of both Houses shall deem it necessary, may propose amendments to this Constitution; and when any amendments shall be so agreed upon, a resolution shall be passed and sent to the selectmen of the several towns, and the assessors of the several plantations, empowering and directing them to notify the inhabitants of their respective towns and plantations, in the manner prescribed by law, at the next biennial meetings in the month of November, or to meet in the manner prescribed by law for calling and holding biennial meetings of said inhabitants for the election of Senators and Representatives, on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November following the passage of said resolve, to give in their votes on the question, whether such amendment shall be made; and if it shall appear that a majority of the inhabitants voting on the question are in favor of such amendment, it shall become a part of this Constitution

Source: Constitution of the State of Maine (retrieved 21 June 2017)

Subject Matter:

Submitting a constitutional amendment to a popular vote


Authority : 2/3 majority of both houses of legislature
Law : Constitution
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Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, Section 353
With the assistance of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General shall prepare a brief explanatory statement that must fairly describe the intent and content and what a "yes" vote favors and a "no" vote opposes for each direct initiative, bond issue, constitutional resolution or statewide referendum that may be presented to the people. The Office of Fiscal and Program Review shall prepare an estimate of the fiscal impact on state revenues, appropriations and allocations of each measure that may appear on the ballot [...]

Source: Maine Revised Statutes (retrieved 21 June 2017)

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