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The Path to Maine Lawmaking - Maine Department of the Secretary of State

Law Talk (continued)

 

Law  Measure passed by both chambers and approved by the Governor or otherwise finally approved (e.g., by overriding a Governor's veto).

L.D. (Legislative Document)  A bill in its printed form, that is given a number by the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate. There are other types of legislative papers that are also legislative documents.

Legislative Council  The legislative body having authority over operation of the Legislature, including approval of bills for introduction. The Council is composed of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House and the top two Republican and top two Democratic leaders from both the House and the Senate.

Lobbyist  Generally, a person or group who opposes or supports the enactment of bills by representing the support or opposition over time through buttonholing legislators in the lobby of the state capital and by testifying at public hearings.

Majority Leader  A member of either chamber selected by members of the majority party in that chamber to act as their spokesperson and caucus leader.

Minority Leader  A member of either chamber selected by members of the minority party in that chamber to act as their spokesperson and caucus leader.

Reference  Procedure whereby bills are sent to committees for consideration.

Referendum  Popular vote on proposals; may be initiated by the people ( people's initiative) or by the Legislature. Referenda may be binding or only advisory, statewide or at a lower level of government.

Redistricting The decennial redrawing of legislative district lines following a census.

Report, committee  Recommendations by a committee that some action should be taken on a measure. Possible reports are: Ought to Pass; Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment; Ought to Pass in New Draft; Ought Not to Pass; Referral to Another Committee.

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