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NEW LEAGUE STUDY ON MAINE'S CITIZEN INITIATIVES AND PEOPLE'S VETOES

LWVME Study -- Citizen Initiatives

LWVME Study on Citizen Initiatives and People's Vetoes

The LWVME's Citizen Initiative Study Committee has begun a comprehensive review of the history, processes, uses, restrictions and financing of Maine's citizen initiated legislation and referenda. The Committee will research 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.

Later this year the Committee will issue Reports, Consensus Questions, and Study Guides for use by local LWVME chapters to develop a consensus position statement on citizen-initiated legislation that is supported by League membership and consistent with other League positions, principles and values.

Look for monthly e-mail updates on our study and questions that solicit your input on issues that the Committee is researching. Let us know any thoughts and questions that you have about the citizen-initiative process by contacting us at CIStudy@lwvme.org.

Committee members include: Beth Basham (South Portland), Suzanne Carmichael (Deer Isle), Barbara Kaufman (Freeport), Valerie Kelly (Peaks Island), Sheila Kirby (Mt. Desert), Kim Peaslee (Peaks Island), and Judy Whiting (Manchester)