LD 681 (subjects: LEGISLATURE , ADMINISTRATION )
Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=681&PID=1456&snum=127
- Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport: (D – District 48) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Rep. Eleanor Espling of New Gloucester: (R – District 65) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Kenneth Fredette of Newport: (R – District 100) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Rep. Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan: (D – District 107) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Andre Cushing of Penobscot: (R – District 10) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Michael Thibodeau of Waldo: (R – District 11) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Garrett Mason of Androscoggin: (R – District 22) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Justin Alfond of Cumberland: (D – District 27) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Dawn Hill of York: (D – District 35) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
|3/3/2015||House||Committee on State and Local Government suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|3/5/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator Willette of Aroostook, REFERRED to the Committee on State and Local Government, in concurrence.|
|4/28/2015||House||CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
|4/29/2015||House||Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-93).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|4/30/2015||Senate||Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-93) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
|5/5/2015||Senate||COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-93), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
|5/7/2015||House||PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|5/12/2015||Senate||PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.|
Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 681 as originally introduced. L.D. 681 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-93) .
An Act To Increase the Effectiveness of the Legislature
Sec. 1. 3 MRSA 161, as amended by PL 1979, c. 127, 5, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
161. Legislative Council
Only a person who holds an office specified in paragraph A, B or C may be a member of the Legislative Council and is a member only during the term of the Legislature in which that office is held. The Legislative Council shall elect a chair from within its own membership.
The Legislative Council shall exercise such powers and duties as may be delegated by law or by rule of the Legislature. Any action by the Legislative Council requires the affirmative votes of a majority of the members.
The Legislative Council shall meet at least once monthly when the Legislature is not in session, unless the chair determines that a meeting is not necessary, and at such other times as the membership or the chair determines necessary.
Sec. 2. 3 MRSA 162, sub- 6, as amended by PL 1985, c. 501, Pt. B, 2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 3 MRSA 162, sub- 6-A, as corrected by RR 1997, c. 2, 4, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 3 MRSA 163, sub- 2, as amended by PL 1985, c. 501, Pt. B, 4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 3 MRSA 163, sub- 2-A, as amended by PL 1985, c. 785, Pt. B, 4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 3 MRSA 163-A, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 501, Pt. B, 5 and amended by PL 1987, c. 816, Pt. KK, 2, is further amended to read:
163-A. Nonpartisan legislative staff services
Legislative Nonpartisan legislative staff shall provide the following services under the direction of the Executive Director:
Sec. 7. 5 MRSA 21, sub- 2, as amended by PL 1985, c. 737, Pt. B, 5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 8. 5 MRSA 1817, as amended by PL 1985, c. 737, Pt. B, 11, is further amended to read:
1817. Printing of laws
When the Revisor of Statutes shall have has prepared material for a revision of the entire statutes or for a volume containing the laws passed at a session of the Legislature with accompanying material of the State, he the revisor shall deliver the same revision prepared for printing to the State Purchasing Agent , who shall contract for the printing, binding and delivery to the State of a sufficient number of volumes to meet the needs of the State and for sale as provided.
Sec. 9. 5 MRSA 4594-D, sub- 11, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 795, is repealed.
Sec. 10. 5 MRSA 12023, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 616, Pt. A, 1, is amended to read:
12023. Reports to the Legislature
For the purpose of this subsection, “the preceding year” means either the most recent January 1st to December 31st budget cycle or the most recent July 1st to June 30th budget cycle, depending on the fiscal year that the entity uses.
Reports to the Legislature required by this subsection must be submitted to the Clerk of the House, the Secretary of the Senate and the Executive Director of the Legislative Council in a manner determined by the Executive Director of the Legislative Council. The Executive Director of the Legislative Council shall refer forward each report to the appropriate joint standing committee or committees of the Legislature.
Sec. 11. Transition. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 162, subsection 6, this Part may not be construed to affect the term of a person appointed to a 3-year term as the Executive Director of the Legislative Council, the State Law Librarian or a director of a nonpartisan staff office before October 1, 2015.
This bill makes changes to the statutes governing the Legislature.
It clarifies that the floor leaders and assistants are from the 2 political parties with the greatest number of members in each body. It also removes the current requirement that the Legislative Council meet at least monthly when the Legislature is not in session. Instead, this bill allows the chair of the Legislative Council to cancel a meeting when the Legislature is not in session if the chair determines that a meeting is not necessary. It retains the ability of the chair of the Legislative Council or the membership of the Legislative Council to call a meeting.
Current law provides that the Executive Director of the Legislative Council, the State Law Librarian and other nonpartisan office directors appointed by the Legislative Council are appointed to 3-year terms and that reappointment “shall be based on performance in the office”; that language is open to different interpretations. The bill removes the element of the 3-year term and specifies that the executive director, the State Law Librarian and other nonpartisan office directors serve at the pleasure of the Legislative Council. It also specifies that both the appointment and the removal of the executive director, the State Law Librarian and other nonpartisan office directors must be by a vote of no fewer than 8 members of the Legislative Council.
It repeals a transition section for persons holding certain named positions in legislative staff offices in 1985 that no longer exist, making the law unnecessary.
It specifies that the executive director coordinates the activities of the nonpartisan legislative staff offices.
Current law specifies that a duty of the executive director is to appoint nonpartisan legislative staff; by delegating the authority to officially appoint staff, the Legislative Council is not itself required to officially appoint each staff member. The bill specifies that the appointments must be done in conformity with the policies adopted by the Legislative Council and further specifies that the appointing authority of the executive director applies only to nonpartisan legislative staff.
Although the term “legislative staff” is used a number of times in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, chapter 7, the term is not defined to indicate that it is limited to nonpartisan legislative staff when describing the duties of the nonpartisan staff offices and the executive director. The bill corrects that.
It removes outdated and duplicative language regarding the updating of the Maine Revised Statutes, which is already required by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 92.
It removes a reference to a committee that no longer exists and standardizes the reference to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs.
It specifies that the directors and staff of the Law and Legislative Reference Library, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Office of Legislative Information Technology are subject to the same restrictions regarding testifying before legislative committees as the members of the other nonpartisan staff offices of the Legislature.
It removes outdated language regarding the printing of the Laws of the State of Maine, also referred to as the session laws, but retains and clarifies the language regarding a revision of the entire Maine Revised Statutes.
It removes an outdated provision regarding reporting by the Maine Human Rights Commission.
It changes the wording of the statutes regarding the receipt by the executive director of reports from boards and commissions to clarify that the executive director merely forwards the report to the appropriate joint standing committee, instead of referring it, since “refer” has a specific meaning in the Legislature.
It specifies that the term of a person appointed to a 3-year term as the executive director, the State Law Librarian or a director of a nonpartisan staff office of the Legislature before October 1, 2015 is not affected by the bill’s removal of that specified term.
It makes other nonsubstantive changes to grammar and format.
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