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The Democracy Forum - February 17, 10 am
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen." -- Louis D. Brandeis
We'll discuss what happened in the recent election, what our constitution provides, and what role the legislature and the governor are playing now. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.
- John Brautigam, former Maine legislator and Assistant Attorney General, now serving on the board of the League of Women Voters of Maine.
Ronald Schmidt Associate Professor of Political Science at USM.
- What is the history of the citizens initiative and peoples veto in Maine? Have these provisions always been part of the Maine constitution? How have they been exercised historically?
- How does the process work? Where do the questions come from? Who pays for the campaigns?
- What's happening with the four questions that just passed? What actions are required of the legislature and the governor? What other measures are they contemplating?
Are there problems with the current process? What measures is the legislature considering to change or restrict the citizen initiative process?
To learn more, follow these links to related articles and essays:
- Laws Governing the Initiative Process in Maine
- Initiated Bills in Maine 1911 -
- Peoples Vetoes in Maine 1909 -
Referenda in Maine 1910 -
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