An Act To Establish a People's Veto Process for Actions of County Commissioners
Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA c. 1, sub-c. 2, art. 7 is enacted to read:
§ 131. People's veto of county commissioners' actions
Notwithstanding section 102, a vote of the county commissioners may be overturned by a people's veto pursuant to this article.
This bill establishes a people's veto process for the actions of county commissioners. The process allows 5 days for a notice of intention to be filed with the county clerk and 30 days to collect signatures. The number of signatures must be equal to no less than 5% of the total votes cast in the county at the last gubernatorial election. Once the petition is certified by the county clerk, the action that was the subject of the county commissioners' vote must be suspended until a countywide election is held. If the action that was the subject of the county commissioners' vote is budget-related, an interim budget that is equal to the previous year's budget goes into effect until a countywide election is held. If the majority of voters cast their vote in opposition to the veto, the action that was the subject of the county commissioners' vote takes effect.