Maine: Changes considered for initiative process

Mon, Feb 8 2010 — Source: Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Maine lawmakers are considering some measures aimed at tightening the state’s voter initiative process. The Legislature’s Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee is hearing testimony today on three measures: LD 1690 would require an electronic list of certified signatures and give potential challengers more time to look them over; LD 1692 would require petition drive organizers to let people know the amount and source of money required to implement the initiative; and LD 1730 would hike penalties for fraud. Some signatures gathered in recent drives have turned out to be bogus. Joel Foster, of the Washington, D.C.-based Ballot Initiatives Strategy Center favors restrictions on the process contained in several of the bills. He says Maine did not fare well in a national survey of states that permit citizen-initiated petitions.

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