Changing the citizen initiative process

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What is the bill

This bill would make it more difficult to place a citizen initiative on the ballot by amending the Constitution of Maine to require that petition signatures be gathered equally from both of Maine’s two congressional districts.

Why it matters

The current threshold to put an issue on the ballot in Maine is already one of the highest hurdles in the country. Further restricting that process only puts the initiative process further out of reach for grassroots groups. Every time referendums are made more difficult, the process gets more expensive and that puts moneyed interests at a relative advantage. These bills are attacks on our democracy and the ability for citizens and organizations to take action when the legislature cannot or will not.

What happened

The bill died after failing to garner the 2/3rds of votes necessary for a constitutional amendment in the House.

Votes

Democrat–Kittery
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Rykerson vote
Opposed
Democrat–Eliot
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Meyer vote
Opposed
Democrat–York
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Blume vote
Opposed
Democrat–York
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hymanson vote
Opposed
Republican–Berwick
MPA bill stance
Opposed
O'Connor vote
Supported
Democrat–South Berwick
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Roberts-Lovell vote
Opposed
Democrat–Wells
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hobbs vote
Opposed
Democrat–Kennebunk
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Babbidge vote
Opposed
Democrat–Kennebunk
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Denk vote
Opposed
Democrat–Arundel
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Ingwersen vote
Opposed
Democrat–Biddeford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Fecteau vote
Opposed
Democrat–Biddeford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Foley vote
Opposed
Democrat–Old Orchard Beach
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Gramlich vote
Opposed
Democrat–Saco
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Bailey vote
Absent
MPA bill stance
Opposed
O'Neil vote
Opposed
Independent–Hollis
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Marean vote
Supported
Republican–Waterboro
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Prescott vote
Supported
Democrat–Sanford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Mastraccio vote
Opposed
Republican–Sanford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Harrington vote
Supported
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Kryzak vote
Supported
Republican–Alfred
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Sampson vote
Supported
Republican–Buxton
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Blier vote
Supported
Republican–Standish
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Ordway vote
Supported
Democrat–Windham
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Bryant vote
Supported
Republican–Windham
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Corey vote
Supported
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Terry vote
Opposed
Democrat–Gorham
MPA bill stance
Opposed
McLean vote
Absent
Democrat–Scarborough
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Caiazzo vote
Opposed
Democrat–Scarborough
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Babine vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cape Elizabeth
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Carney vote
Opposed
Democrat–South Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Reckitt vote
Opposed
Democrat–South Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Kessler vote
Opposed
Democrat–South Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Morales vote
Opposed
Democrat–Westbrook
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Gattine vote
Opposed
Democrat–Westbrook
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Peoples vote
Supported
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Brennan vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Farnsworth vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Moonen vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Sylvester vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Ross vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Jorgensen vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Collings vote
Opposed
Democrat–Portland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Crockett vote
Opposed
Democrat–Falmouth
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Pierce vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Moriarty vote
Opposed
Democrat–Durham
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Sharpe vote
Opposed
Democrat–Yarmouth
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Cooper vote
Opposed
Democrat–Freeport
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Gideon vote
Opposed
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Daughtry vote
Opposed
Democrat–Brunswick
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Tucker vote
Opposed
Democrat–Harpswell
MPA bill stance
Opposed
McCreight vote
Opposed
Democrat–Bath
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Paulhus vote
Opposed
Democrat–Woolwich
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hepler vote
Supported
Democrat–Topsham
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Tepler vote
Opposed
Democrat–Bowdoinham
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Berry vote
Opposed
Republican–Lisbon
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Mason vote
Supported
Republican–Greene
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Martin vote
Supported
Democrat–Lewiston
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Handy vote
Opposed
Democrat–Lewiston
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Craven vote
Opposed
Democrat–Lewiston
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Cloutier vote
Opposed
Democrat–Lewiston
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Brooks vote
Opposed
Democrat–Auburn
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Melaragno vote
Opposed
Republican–Auburn
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Bickford vote
Supported
Democrat–Auburn
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Sheats vote
Absent
Republican–New Gloucester
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Arata vote
Supported
Democrat–Raymond
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Fay vote
Supported
Republican–Gray
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Austin vote
Supported
Republican–Naples
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Cebra vote
Supported
Independent–Harrison
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Riseman vote
Opposed
Republican–Hiram
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Wadsworth vote
Supported
Republican–Waterford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Millett vote
Supported
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Dillingham vote
Supported
Republican–Paris
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Andrews vote
Supported
Democrat–Jay
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Riley vote
Supported
Republican–Turner
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Morris vote
Supported
Republican–Belgrade
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Keschl vote
Supported
Republican–Oakland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Perkins vote
Supported
Democrat–Winslow
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Nadeau vote
Supported
Republican–China
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Theriault vote
Supported
Republican–Vassalboro
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Bradstreet vote
Supported
Democrat–Winthrop
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hickman vote
Supported
Independent–Monmouth
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Ackley vote
Opposed
Democrat–Gardiner
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Harnett vote
Opposed
Democrat–Hallowell
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Warren vote
Opposed
Democrat–Augusta
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Doore vote
Supported
Republican–Augusta
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Fecteau vote
Supported
Republican–Pittston
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hanley vote
Supported
Democrat–Nobleboro
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Maxmin vote
Opposed
Democrat–Boothbay
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Stover vote
Opposed
Democrat–Newcastle
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Devin vote
Excused
Independent–Friendship
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Evangelos vote
Supported
Democrat–St. George
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Matlack vote
Opposed
Democrat–Rockland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Beebe-Center vote
Opposed
Democrat–Camden
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Doudera vote
Opposed
Independent–Warren
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Pluecker vote
Supported
Democrat–Montville
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Zeigler vote
Supported
Democrat–Belfast
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Dodge vote
Opposed
Democrat–Winterport
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Cuddy vote
Supported
Republican–Knox
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Kinney vote
Supported
Republican–Plymouth
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Costain vote
Supported
Republican–Hampden
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Haggan vote
Supported
Republican–Levant
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Griffin vote
Supported
Republican–Carmel
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Reed vote
Supported
Republican–Dexter
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Foster vote
Supported
Republican–Canaan
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Stetkis vote
Supported
Republican–Pittsfield
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Strom vote
Supported
Democrat–Skowhegan
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Austin vote
Supported
Republican–Fairfield
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Rudnicki vote
Supported
Democrat–Waterville
MPA bill stance
Opposed
White vote
Supported
Democrat–Waterville
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Madigan vote
Supported
Republican–Madison
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Curtis vote
Supported
Republican–Weld
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Skolfield vote
Supported
Democrat–Farmington
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Landry vote
Supported
Republican–Wilton
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hall vote
Supported
Republican–Rumford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Dolloff vote
Supported
Republican–Dixfield
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Pickett vote
Supported
Republican–Bethel
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Head vote
Supported
Republican–Athens
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Grignon vote
Absent
Republican–Guilford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Stearns vote
Supported
Independent–Dover-Foxcroft
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Higgins vote
Supported
Republican–Milford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Drinkwater vote
Supported
Democrat–Old Town
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Dunphy vote
Supported
Democrat–Orono
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Tipping vote
Opposed
Democrat–Bangor
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Perry vote
Opposed
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Kornfield vote
Supported
Democrat–Bangor
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Schneck vote
Opposed
Democrat–Bangor
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Cardone vote
Opposed
Democrat–Brewer
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Verow vote
Absent
Republican–Eddington
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Lyford vote
Supported
Republican–Orrington
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Campbell vote
Supported
Republican–Penobscot
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hutchins vote
Absent
Democrat–Ellsworth
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Grohoski vote
Opposed
Democrat–Blue Hill
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Pebworth vote
Opposed
Democrat–Stonington
MPA bill stance
Opposed
McDonald vote
Supported
Democrat–Bar Harbor
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hubbell vote
Supported
Republican–Winter Harbor
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Faulkingham vote
Supported
Republican–Bradley
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Lockman vote
Supported
Democrat–Beals
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Alley vote
Supported
Republican–East Machias
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Tuell vote
Supported
Democrat–Calais
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Perry vote
Supported
Republican–Chester
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Javner vote
Supported
Republican–Lincoln
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hanington vote
Supported
Democrat–Medway
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Stanley vote
Supported
Republican–Houlton
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Swallow vote
Supported
Republican–Monticello
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Johansen vote
Supported
Republican–Washburn
MPA bill stance
Opposed
White vote
Supported
Republican–Presque Isle
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Stewart vote
Supported
Democrat–Fort Fairfield
MPA bill stance
Opposed
McCrea vote
Supported
Republican–Caribou
MPA bill stance
Opposed
DeVeau vote
Supported
Democrat–Sinclair
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Martin vote
Supported
Democrat–Eagle Lake
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Martin vote
Opposed
Democrat–Aroostook
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Jackson vote
Supported
Democrat–Aroostook
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Carpenter vote
Supported
Republican–Somerset
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Farrin vote
Supported
Republican–Piscataquis
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Davis vote
Supported
Democrat–Penobscot
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Dill vote
Supported
Republican–Washington
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Moore vote
Supported
Democrat–Hancock
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Luchini vote
Supported
Republican–Hancock
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Rosen vote
Supported
Democrat–Penobscot
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Gratwick vote
Opposed
Republican–Penobscot
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Guerin vote
Supported
Democrat–Waldo
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Herbig vote
Supported
Democrat–Knox
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Miramant vote
Opposed
Republican–Lincoln
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Dow vote
Supported
Democrat–Kennebec
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Bellows vote
Opposed
Republican–Kennebec
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Pouliot vote
Supported
Republican–Kennebec
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Cyrway vote
Supported
Republican–Franklin
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Black vote
Supported
Republican–Oxford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Keim vote
Supported
Republican–Oxford
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Hamper vote
Supported
Democrat–Androscoggin
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Claxton vote
Supported
Democrat–Androscoggin
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Libby vote
Opposed
Republican–Androscoggin
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Timberlake vote
Supported
Democrat–Sagadahoc
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Vitelli vote
Supported
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Carson vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Breen vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Diamond vote
Supported
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Chipman vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Sanborn vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Millett vote
Opposed
Democrat–Cumberland
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Sanborn vote
Opposed
Democrat–York
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Chenette vote
Opposed
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Deschambault vote
Supported
Republican–York
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Woodsome vote
Supported
Republican–York
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Foley vote
Supported
Democrat–York
MPA bill stance
Opposed
Lawrence vote
Supported