LD 14 LR 194(01)
An Act To Require a Two-thirds Vote To Extend a State of Emergency
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Sen. Pouliot of Kennebec
Committee: State and Local Government
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
Legislative Cost/Study
Legislative Cost/Study
Current law allows the Legislature to terminate a state of emergency by joint resolution at any time.  The bill requires a 2/3 vote of the Legislature in order for the Governor to extend a state of emergency.  The Legislature’s baseline budget for 2022-2023 includes funds for the Legislature to meet in special session on 2 days each fiscal year following the applicable statutory deadline.  Whether or not there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of holding a special session for the purpose of extending a state of emergency will depend on the number of times the Legislature is required to convene in special session during the interim.