AUGUSTA – An effort to provide equal rights for crime victims will require amending the state constitution.
They’re calling it Marsy’s Law.
So far it appears to have bi-partisan support, but to amend the constitution, it will need to go to the voters.
If the legislature approves sending it to the voters, crime victims would be granted rights and protections equal to those of the accused.
House Majority Leader Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, said “Granting fairness, dignity and respect to Maine families by ensuring legal protection under the Maine Constitution is long overdue. And frankly, just common sense.”
The question of whether to amend the state constitution could be on the ballot for ratification as soon as this year.