Maine lawmakers consider ballot initiatives, clean elections


AUGUSTA (AP) — Lawmakers are considering bills to change the way that citizen initiatives get on the ballot.

Republicans like Gov. Paul LePage argue Maine’s constitution and state law allow millions of out-of-state dollars to fund costly campaigns that mislead voters.

More than a dozen bills that would make it harder for citizen initiatives to get on the ballot are set for possible key committee votes Wednesday.

Assistant Republican House Minority Leader Ellie Espling’s bill would require petitioners to gather signatures from each Congressional district.

Democrat Louis Luchini’s bill would create an online reporting system for suspected fraudulent signature gathering practices.