"Hey, kids - here's a list of 50 terms that lawmakers use in Augusta all the time. And you'll hear many of them in Person to Person: Legislating Maine. Read the definitions. How many of them do you already know?"
Act A bill passed or enacted by both chambers that becomes a public law.
Allocation A legislative grant of funds, other than from the General Fund.
Amend To alter or modify a law or bill.
Appropriation A legislative grant from the General Fund for a specific purpose.
Bicameral Literally, having two rooms The term is used to refer to Legislatures having two chambers: the House and the Senate.
Biennium Two-year period of the Legislature.
Bill A proposal for a law.
Body One chamber of the Legislature.
Budget An estimate of funds to be received and spent for a fiscal year.
Calendar The printed agenda of each chamber, printed daily during the session.
Caucus A conference of members of a legislative group to decide on policies or strategies; most commonly for members of a political party.
Chair Presiding officer of group. The chair of the Senate is the President; in the House, the chair is the Speaker.
Chamber Refers to either the Senate or the House of Representatives.
Cloture Deadline for submitting completed requests for bills during a legislative session.
Code A compilation of laws in force, arranged by subject matter.
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