An Act To Prohibit Contributions, Expenditures and Participation by Foreign Nationals To Influence Referenda
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period in order to apply in the current election cycle; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §1064 is enacted to read:
§ 1064. Contributions, expenditures and participation by foreign nationals prohibited
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill provides that a foreign national may not:
1. Make, directly or indirectly, a contribution of money or anything of value to influence a referendum;
2. Make, directly or indirectly, an expenditure to influence a referendum; or
3. Direct, dictate, control or directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of any person with regard to that person's activities to influence a referendum, such as decisions concerning the making of contributions or expenditures to influence a referendum.
It also provides that a person may not solicit, accept or receive a contribution to influence a referendum from a foreign national.