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Sec. 1. 3 MRSA §161, as amended by PL 1979, c. 127, §5, is repealed and the following enacted in its place: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Sec. 3. 3 MRSA §162, sub-§6-A, as corrected by RR 1997, c. 2, §4, is repealed.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Sec. 9. 5 MRSA §4594-D, sub-§11, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 795, is repealed.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.