An Act To Strengthen the Ballot Initiative Process
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §904, as repealed and replaced by PL 2007, c. 455, §53, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §904-C is enacted to read:
§ 904-C. Payment for signature gathering; registration
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §904-D is enacted to read:
§ 904-D. Violations and penalties
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §1124, sub-§2, ¶G, as enacted by IB 1995, c. 1, §17, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §1124, sub-§2, ¶H, as enacted by IB 1995, c. 1, §17, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 21-A MRSA §1124, sub-§2, ¶I is enacted to read:
This bill repeals the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 904 and enacts a new section 904-C to conform with technical drafting standards. It requires that the penalties for violating this section include a mandatory $1,000 fine that may not be suspended. It also prohibits a person who has been convicted of fraud or forgery in the last 5 years from circulating a petition. The bill requires that a person or entity receiving compensation for collecting signatures on a petition or a person or entity compensating another person for collecting signatures on a petition shall register with the Secretary of State. Failing to register is a Class E crime that includes a mandatory fine of $1,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a company. Funds generated by the fines for failing to register must be paid to the Maine Clean Election Fund.