Here’s How The CMP Corridor Question Will Appear On Your Maine Ballot
The CMP Transmission Line has been a hot debate here in the State of Maine. You may be more familiar with the alternative phrase that's been on signs and in discussions 'the CMP corridor'.
A Citizens' Initiative proposal has been in the works since last October called "An Act To Require Legislative Approval of Certain Transmission Lines, Require Legislative Approval of Certain Transmission Lines and Facilities and Other Projects on Public Reserved Lands and Prohibit the Construction of Certain Transmission Lines in the Upper Kennebec Region". This proposal is intended to bring the fate of the CMP corridor by way the vote of the people Maine.
Final details of the wording of the question have been ironed out and finalized by the Secretary of State Shanna Bellows. Here's how you will see the question when you head to the polls this November:
Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?
A yes vote would ban the corridor project and have legislature be apart of the approval process of future projects like this.
A no would proceed the corridor project to go forward and keep approval processes as they are now.
See the proposed bill for yourself at Maine.gov. Anticipate a Citizens' Initiative guide to be out soon to help navigate ballot questions at the polls this November.