League Study On Maine's Citizens' Initiatives And People's Veto Referenda


LWVME Study on Citizens' Initiatives and People's Veto Referenda

The LWVME's Citizen Initiative Study Committee began a comprehensive review of the history, processes, uses, restrictions and financing of Maine's citizen-initiated legislation and referenda in November 2018. The Committee has researched information from a variety of reliable, balanced sources to inform membership about the strengths and weaknesses of the current systems, the pros/cons of alternative systems and possible changes. Although 23 states have some type of initiative process (see map), only a few other state Leagues have studied this topic and none of them has systems comparable to Maine's, so we are doing an original consensus study.

Initiatives and Referenda Laws by State

We have finished writing up our research, preparing a Study Report, and developing a Consensus Question Packet for the use of local units (see links to documents in Citizen Initiative Resources below). The next step is for local units to meet to discuss the report and come to consensus on the issues raised by the Study Committee before April 30. If you're not a member of LWVME, please join now so you can participate in this important study.

Study Committee members include: Beth Basham (South Portland), Barbara Kaufman (Freeport), Valerie Kelly (Peaks Island), Kim Peaslee (Peaks Island), and Judy Whiting (Manchester). Suzanne Carmichael (Deer Isle) was also a committee member from Nov 2018 through April 2019.

If you have any questions about the study or want more information about how to participate in the Consensus Meetings, please contact the co-chairs using the following email addresses:

Citizens' Initiative Resources

CI Study Committee Documents:

Maine Government Electronic Resources:

  • Click here to see all Citizen Initiatives considered by Maine voters 1910-2018.
  • Click here to see all People's Vetoes considered by Maine voters through the years.