Maine: Democrats continue to press for restrictions to initiative process

Wed, Feb 24 2010 — Source: Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Partisan flare-ups erupted Monday during a work session on bills sponsored by two prominent Democratic legislators who say that citizen initiatives and people’s vetoes are vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Republican opponents of both bills see the legislation as a way to hamstring citizens who want exercise their right to influence government policies at the ballot box. State Sen. Debra Plowman says she had it with Democratic efforts to tighten up some perceived loose ends in the state’s citizen initiative laws. In fact, the Hamden Republican says that if Democrats enact changes to existing people’s veto laws — she’ll lead a people’s veto effort to overturn them. And she says she won’t be alone.

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