Maine Revised Statutes

§2-B. State Compensation Commission

1. State Compensation Commission; membership.  The State Compensation Commission, established in Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 26-D and referred to in this section as the "commission," consists of 5 members appointed as follows:
A. Two members, not from the same political party, appointed by the President of the Senate; [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
B. Two members, not from the same political party, appointed by the Speaker of the House; and [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
C. One member appointed by a majority of the members appointed under paragraphs A and B, who serves as chair of the commission. [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
The 5 members must be residents of the State and appointed from the public. A person may not be appointed who is a Legislator at the time of appointment.
All members must be appointed for a term to coincide with the legislative biennium. A vacancy must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the balance of the unexpired term.
The members of the commission are entitled to a per diem, expenses and allowances at the same rate as Legislators.
[ 1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Duties of commission.  The commission must issue its first report no later than April 15, 1999. No later than January 1st of every even-numbered year thereafter, the commission shall submit to the Legislature a report of the commission. The report must contain:
A. A description of the commission's activities; [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
B. The recommendations of the commission for all regular and special sessions of the next Legislature concerning:
(1) Compensation of Legislators and representatives of Indian tribes, including, but not limited to, all payments for: salaries, meals, housing, travel, mileage and all other expenses and allowances; additional service as President of the Senate, as Speaker of the House or as a member of leadership; and for constituent services; and
(2) Compensation for the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Treasurer of State and the State Auditor; [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
C. The reasons for its recommendations; [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
D. Drafts of any legislation required to implement its recommendations; and [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
E. Any other material and recommendations that commission members may wish to submit. [1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW).]
Before reporting as required in this subsection and subsequent to giving public notice, the commission shall hold a public hearing on the report. Subsequent to reporting, the commission shall meet, if requested, with the Governor, the Legislative Council and legislative committees to discuss the report.
[ 1999, c. 2, §1 (AMD) .]
3. Appointments; meetings.  The Executive Director of the Legislative Council must be notified by the presiding officers once the appointment of the initial 4 members has been made. Within 15 days of the appointment of the initial 4 members, the Chair of the Legislative Council shall call and convene the first meeting of the commission.
[ 1999, c. 2, §1 (AMD) .]
4. Staff assistance.  The commission shall request staff assistance from the Legislative Council.
[ 1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW) .]
5. Legislation.  The commission may submit legislation required to implement its recommendations.
[ 1999, c. 2, §1 (NEW) .]
RR 1997, c. 2, §3 (COR). 1997, c. 506, §1 (NEW). 1999, c. 2, §1 (AMD).