Decision 2009: What a Yes and No Vote Means



Question 1: “Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”

 

This referendum asks whether voters want to reject or accept the state’s new marriage law that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

A “YES” vote would reject the new law and continue to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.

A “NO” vote would allow the new law to take effect, permitting same-sex couples to marry.

Question 2: “Do you want to cut the rate of the municipal excise by an average of 55 percent on motor vehicles less than six years old and exempt hybrid and other alternative-energy and highly fuel-efficient motor vehicles from sales tax and three years of excise tax?”

This proposed legislation brought by a citizen initiative would reduce the rate of excise tax that owners of vehicles pay each year in order to register their vehicles.

A “YES” vote favors enactment of the proposed legislation.

A “NO” vote opposes enactment of the legislation.

Question 3: “Do you want to repeal the 2007 law on school district consolidation and restore the laws previously in effect?”

This proposed legislation brought by a citizen initiative would repeal the school district consolidation law enacted in 2007 and would re-enact laws governing school administrative units that were in effect prior to June 2007.

A “YES” vote favors repeal of the school consolidation law.

A “NO” vote opposes repeal and favors leaving the school consolidation law in effect.

Question 4: “Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spending over those limits and for increases in state taxes?”

This proposed legislation — familiarly known as TABOR II — brought by citizen initiative sets limits on government spending and requires majority approval by referendum at the state, county or local government level to exceed those limits. It also requires statewide referendum approval for any state tax increase.

A “YES” vote favors enactment of the proposed legislation.

A “NO” vote opposes enactment of the legislation.

Question 5: “Do you want to change the medical marijuana laws to allow treatment of more medical conditions and to create a regulated system of distribution?”

This proposed legislation repeals Maine’s existing laws regarding the medical use of marijuana and replaces them with a new law that expands the list of medical conditions for which marijuana may be prescribed.

A “YES” vote favors enactment of the proposed legislation.

A “NO” vote opposes enactment of the legislation.

Question 6: “Do you favor a $71,250,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit facilities, ferry and port facilities, including port and harbor structures, as well as funds for the LifeFlight Foundation that will make the State eligible for over $148,000,000 in federal and other matching funds?”

A “YES” vote favors authorizing the $71,250,000 bond issue.

A “NO” vote opposes the bond issue in its entirety.

Question 7: “Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to increase the amount of time that local officials have to certify the signatures on direct initiative petitions?”

A “YES” vote favors adoption of this constitutional amendment.

A “NO” vote opposes adoption of this constitutional amendment.

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