An Act To Strengthen the Ballot Initiative Process
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §901-A, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2009, c. 341, §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §902, 2nd ¶, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 581, §5, is amended to read:
The petitions must be signed, verified and certified in the same manner as are nonparty nomination petitions under section 354, subsections 3 and 4 and subsection 7, paragraphs A and C. The circulator of a petition must sign the petition and verify the petition by oath or affirmation as described in section 354, subsection 7, paragraph A prior to submitting the petition to the registrar. If the petitions submitted to the registrar are not signed and verified in accordance with this paragraph, the registrar may not certify the petitions and is required only to return the petitions.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §902-A is enacted to read:
§ 902-A. Copies of petitions required
If the registrar or clerk suspects that a petition was submitted in violation of any provision of this chapter, the registrar or clerk shall immediately notify the Secretary of State and provide a copy of the petition to the Secretary of State.
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §903-C is enacted to read:
§ 903-C. Direct initiative and people's veto petition organization required to be registered
A petition organization shall register with the Secretary of State in accordance with this section. For the purposes of this section, "petition organization" means a business entity that receives compensation for organizing, supervising or managing the circulation of petitions for a direct initiative of legislation or a people's veto referendum.
The information contained in the registration must be made available for public inspection and must be posted on the publicly accessible website of the Secretary of State.
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §905, sub-§1, as repealed and replaced by PL 1993, c. 352, §2, is amended to read:
The Secretary of State shall determine the validity of the petition and issue a written decision stating the reasons for the decision within 30 days after the final from the date for of filing the petitions of a written petition in the Department of the Secretary of State under the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 17 or 18.
Sec. 6. 21-A MRSA §905, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1987, c. 119, §1, is further amended to read: