PORTLAND (AP) — The state’s highest court said a referendum aimed at overturning approval of a $1 billion hydro power transmission corridor is unconstitutional.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday the referendum fails to meet the constitutional requirement for inclusion on the ballot.
The parent company of Central Maine Power sued over the referendum that aimed to overturn decisions by three state agencies that approved a utility transmission line in western Maine.
Avangrid Networks Inc. contended the Maine constitution links referendums to legislative acts, not agency decisions.
Sandi Howard, one of the leaders of the referendum, accused the supreme court of siding with “foreign corporations over the people of Maine.”