SP: Senate Paper

In the Maine State Legislature, bills that are proposed by a member of the Senate are given a label SP, short for Senate Paper.

The system of bill numbers can be confusing to the newcomer because bills have multiple numbers associated with them:

  • Before a bill is written in full form by legislative staff, it is submitted to the legislature as a LR, or legislative request, and LRs also have unique numbers used to track them.
  • For purposes of searching on the mainelegislature.org website, it is also useful to know the LD (Legislative Document) number of the bill, since some searches on the website require LD numbers and some searches require paper numbers. Most descriptions of a bill in formal deliberations and in the press refer to the LD number of a bill.
  • Finally, in the database on the mainelegislature.org website, some information about bills is referenced using a unique nine-digit number that refers neither to a LR, HP or LD.

To provide a concrete example, LD 30 in the 126th Maine State Legislature (a bill regarding community support for Mainers with intellectual disabilities or autism) was also known as SP 39. Before it was assigned any bill number, it was known as LR 267. Roll call and sponsorship information associated with LD 30 is catalogued under the unique ID 280046299.