LWVME Study -- Citizen Initiatives
When our study is complete, we'll write up our research, prepare Study Guides and develop Consensus Questions for our League meetings later this year. If you're not a member of LWVME, please join now so you can participate in this important study.
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), 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.
As promised, May's Citizens Initiative Study Update provides a "Cliff Notes" equivalent on the Initiative and Referendum process in Maine. Click here for a 2-page document containing the essentials on how Citizen Initiatives and People's Vetoes work in Maine, without getting into too many weeds.
We thank those of you who sent us comments on our April "one-pager," Voter Information and Input, and are working to incorporate those suggestions. We also want to thank participants in the breakout sessions on the Citizens Initiative Study at the May 18, LWVME State Convention in Augusta for sharing their insights and contributing to a lively discussion. One of the documents we discussed at Convention is a summary of reforms to the Citizen Initiative process being considered by the 129th Legislature; the document is available here.
We value your feedback, so once you look at this month's CI/PV "Cliff Notes", please send your comments and questions to us at CIStudy@lwvme.org.
We will continue to send CI Study Updates throughout the summer and hope to have Consensus Questions and Study Guides ready for use by local units in early September. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us with your comments or questions about the study in general at CIStudy@lwvme.org.