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Save Maine’s Term Limits

April 2015: In 1993, Mainers put eight-year term limits on the ballot and passed them into law with a resounding 68 percent of the vote. In 2007, four-decade legislator John Martin helped put a measure on the ballot to lengthen term limits to 12 years, and it failed by the same landslide margin. Now, Martin is back in the Legislature for his 48th year (Maine’s term limits allow members to return) and again refuses to listen to the people on term limits.

Martin’s new bill, LD 182, would fully repeal term limits without even letting the people vote. It’s a staunchly anti-democratic move but the chances of success are high. On Martin’s side this time are Maine’s supposedly “conservative” Governor Paul LePage and right-wing thought leader Matt Gagnon, who’d both reap huge benefits if term limits got rescinded. The citizens of Maine stand alone in defending their term limits from this power grab.

Threat Level: HIGH

Here’s how you can get involved to protect Maine’s term limits:

  • Contact your State Rep and State Senator to tell them to oppose LD 182, because “eight is enough” for Maine politicians.
  • Use PublishALetter.Com to submit a newspaper letter to the editor opposing Martin’s bill and defending solid eight-year term limits.
  • LIKE the new Save Maine Term Limits facebook page, to receive important news and activism opportunities.

LD 31, This measure if passed would reduce the number of terms from 4 terms in either chamber to 2 terms in either

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has made it crystal clear that he’s no fan of term limits. In 2014, LePage claimed in a speech that term limits allow “young people with firm agendas” to do long-term harm to the state. Our Executive Director Nick Tomboulides debunked this myth in an Op-Ed for the Bangor Daily News.

While no anti-term limits legislation emerged in the 2014 session, LePage has his eye on abolishing term limits. If he is re-elected in 2014, citizens must be vigilant.

THREAT LEVEL: WATCH


LD 31, This measure if passed would reduce the number of terms from 4 terms in either chamber to 2 terms in either chamber. An Ought Not to Pass Report accepted by the house on the 6th.  The bill has been tabled pending acceptabce of the report on the 7th. .

THREAT LEVEL:   WATCH

 


LD 108, This measure if passed will extend term limits from 2 years in each chamber to 4 years in each. An Ought Not to Pass Report accepted by the house on the 6th.  The bill has been tabled pending acceptabce of the report on the 7th. LD 108 is a part of LD 31.

THREAT LEVEL:   WATCH

 


LD 383, This measure if passed will extend term limits from 2 years to 4 years and allow 2 senators from each county. Both houses have voted ought not to pass on this bill.

THREAT LEVEL:   DEAD

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Congratulate yourself,  your hard work paid off