There's something for everybody.
all kinds of great ideas
Tedious, very tedious! I would like to submit a bill requiring that for every bill submitted, two already enacted must be repealed! :)
A few of my favorites:
An Act To Require Boating Safety Education
An Act To Require Helmets for Motorcyclists
Sponsor: Senator Strimling
An Act To Require the State To Divest Itself of Funds from Companies Doing Business with Iran
An Act To Diminish Global Warming
An Act To Require the State To Consider Carbon Dioxide Effects when Permitting Projects
An Act To Protect the Health of and Prevent the Incidence of Skin Cancer for Maine Adolescents
Sponsor: Representative Priest
An Act To Protect Homeowners from Equity Stripping during Foreclosures
An Act To Establish an Office of the Health Care Insurance Advocate in the State
An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Dirigo Health Program
Ole Rep Tuttle didn't get too far with his legislative pay increase proposal. I think he probably caught a lot of flak with that. I know I outed him in his local newspaper about it. That episode will pale in comparison to the flak he gets over trying to pass a motorcycle helmet law! The Sanford PD will have to put 24/7 coverage on his home. What is he thinking :?:
Point of clarification to J. McKane or anyone else knowing the answer:
If memory serves, Bills submitted for Second Sessions of the Maine Legislature are supposed to fall into only two categories:
* Emergencies, and
* Constitutional amendments
If my memory's correct, why are these legislators wasting taxpayers' time and money submitting the bulk of these bills?
I've been told that more than 100 bills were submitted dealing with school consolidation.
Many are "placeholder" bills, submitted by cloture, which are little more than titles at this point.
An Act To Protect the Health of and Prevent the Incidence of Skin Cancer for Maine Adolescents
Doubtless this involves a significant number of parasols, yes? Or, perhaps a sunblock dispenser on every street corner.
Section 1. To meet annually; power of Legislature to convene itself at other times; extent of legislative power. The Legislature shall convene on the first Wednesday of December following the general election in what shall be designated the first regular session of the Legislature; and shall further convene on the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday of January in the subsequent even-numbered year in what shall be designated the second regular session of the Legislature; provided, however, that the business of the second regular session of the Legislature shall be limited to budgetary matters; legislation in the Governor's call; legislation of an emergency nature admitted by the Legislature; legislation referred to committees for study and report by the Legislature in the first regular session; and legislation presented to the Legislature by written petition of the electors under the provisions of Article IV, Part Third, Section 18. The Legislature shall enact appropriate statutory limits on the length of the first regular session and of the second regular session. The Legislature may convene at such other times on the call of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House, with the consent of a majority of the Members of the Legislature of each political party, all Members of the Legislature having been first polled. The Legislature, with the exceptions hereinafter stated, shall have full power to make and establish all reasonable laws and regulations for the defense and benefit of the people of this State, not repugnant to this Constitution, nor to that of the United States
I counted 81 education related bills. I started separating them out and was going to post the list, but it got too long.
If anyone knows me,
32 pages of proposals by idiots.
This one is most excellent:
Sponsor: Representative McDonough
An Act To Compute Automobile and Boat Excise Tax Based on the Actual Purchase Price
An Act To Inform Patients of Their Right To Decline To Be Vaccinated
(this could be bad, kids would need to be told by Dr that they have a right to refuse a vaccination?)
Oh no, this will cost money:
An Act To Protect Public Health and the Environment with Safer Alternatives to Lead Wheel Weights
Rep Jackson: This is a bad one:
LR: 2874 An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Energy Drinks to Minors
This one is Communist:
Sponsor: Representative Makas
An Act To Control the Costs of College Textbooks
WOW WHAT A WASTE OF TIME THIS ONE IS:
Sponsor: Senator Marrache
An Act To Clarify Procedures within the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for Transgendered Individuals
This one comes up every year. MMA will get it killed, again.
It sounds good, on paper. The problem is, human nature being what it is, if this passes there'll be a whole lot of used cars "selling" for $1, at least according to the bill of sale. That will cost the towns a LOT of excise dollars.
Now, do you really think any town will just cut the revenue losses from its municipal budget? Most towns, at least in my area, are pretty frugal as it is. What will happen is that every dollar lost to reduced excised tax revenue will be shifted to the property tax.
It is fraud to not pay taxes on what you sell a used car for.
Maine is good at going after fraud. Ever try to register a car you 'bought' for 1$. I am sure someone in Augusta gets a list of all such people and looks at their bank accounts.
This is for New Cars.
That being said, if I buy a car and spend 10,000 but the sticker is priced at 15,000 why should I pay a tax on 15,000
I can have hope can;t I?
This in a way shafts the tax payer as well because if they dicker the price down with dealer then they still get the sticker shock when they register it. A few years ago I bought a car stickered for 19,302 and actually paid $15,351 cash on the table with no trade. When I went to register it, I got hit with shock of the excise tax and it was based on the sticker price not the price I actually paid. There should be some sort of middle ground. You would be surprised what our neighbors in Vermont and New Hampshire pay on excise tax. This starts to ponder thoughts of how much more we pay in health insurance compared to those two states, but I will not go there right now.
I see Rep. Duprey has a bill in to "protect children" and two other bills mentioning children. I assume this is his usual anti-gay stuff? If so, they'll probably never make it past the legislative council.
Holy mackeral...that list of "575" requests is another kettle of stinking fish and the few good fish in the pot sure ain't gonna change the flavor!
My Representative has only submitted one "request" "An act to allow the use of heavy equipment on private roads for emergency access" Sounds reasonable doesn't it?
I'm scared to read what it is really about :shock:
SECOND SESSION Leaders submit 575 bills
to meet next week
By SUSAN M. COVER
Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 10/17/2007
AUGUSTA -- From cribbage tournaments to energy-efficient light bulbs, central Maine lawmakers are hoping a variety of topics will be considered when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
In total, 575 bills from lawmakers have been submitted for consideration by the Legislative Council, which meets next week to decide which bills are in and which ones are out.
...In total, 575 bills from lawmakers have been submitted for consideration...
Anyone have a list of what the Legislative Council threw out today, as well as which bills made the grade for consideration this session?
Good question, I can't find anything that has been updated either.
I find it hard to believe that there are over 120 that made the cut and were selected as "Emergency"
Legislators trim list of bills for '08
By BDN Staff
Friday, October 26, 2007 - Bangor Daily News
Legislative leaders Thursday reviewed 566 bill requests for next year. Leaders voted to allow in 148 of the requests, according to a preliminary count by legislative staff.
Has the Maine Gov site updated the list for the new improved voter list of bills?
From Editors BDN source:
Lawmakers sidelined more than 60 requests â€” many of which had identical or similar titles â€” that would make changes in Maineâ€™s newly enacted school administrative consolidation law. Leaders gave assurances that all proposed changes will be considered by the Education Committee, but said taking up each bill individually would take up too much time.
Oh, so trying to fix the school consolidation mess would "take up too much time"! Well cry me a river. Legislators: YOU CREATED THIS PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE, now you don't have the time to fix it! There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over. :twisted:
Anyone have a list of the 46 bills, previosly rejected by leadership, the legislature voted today to consider?
The final list of accepted bills is available on the Office of Legislative Informationâ€™s website at the following link:
http://janus.state.me.us/legis/lio/publications.htm The top link on that page is the list updated following last weekâ€™s appeals. You can view the list by subject area or sponsor. 194 bills were acceptedâ€”not including Agency bills.
I can't get the link to work?
Should work now.
Sponsor: Representative Pratt
An Act To Ensure Ethical and Humane Dog Breeding in the State
The legislature couldn't deal with education, but they've got time for chasing down dog breeders and trying to squeeze them for a few bucks in fees.
Lots of stuff that seems unnecessary.
I wish the legislature would just give it a rest for about 10 years, so we'd have a chance to catch up with what they've already put on the books. Compliance with, and knowledge of the laws by the citizens is inversely proportional to the number of laws.