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Legislative History of Proposals to Create a Unicameral Maine Legislature
Last updated: August 2018

Introduction

This legislative history contains proposals since 1935 to create a unicameral legislature in Maine. Nebraska is the only state in the U.S. that has a unicameral, i.e. single chamber, legislature.





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Year LD Amendments Final
Disposition
Legislative Record Committee Files / News / Study Reports Full LD
History
1935 LD 580

Resolve, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution Changing the Legislature to a One Body System
N/A ONTP House, March 20, 1935
p. 503-504

Senate, March 26, 1935
p. 586

Senate, March 26, 1935
p. 590-615
N/A N/A
1967 LD 1500

Resolve, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution Changing the Legislature to a One Body System
N/A ONTP House, May 15, 1967
p. 1966-1971
N/A N/A
1973 LD 798

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution Changing the Legislature to a Single Chamber, Unicameral System, with Single Member Districts
N/A Indefinitely postponed Senate, April 26, 1973
p. 2061-2065

House, April 30, 1973
p. 2094-2096

Senate, May 3, 1973
p. 2310-2311
News:  "One-House Legislature Gets Preliminary OK." Portland Press Herald, 4/27/1973.

News:  "House Rejects Plan to Revamp Legislature." Portland Evening Express, 4/30/1973.

News:  "One-House Legislature House Votes Down." Portland Press Herald, 5/1/1973.

News:  "House kills unicameral amendment." Bangor Daily News, 5/1/1973.

News:  "Unicameral Legislature Out." Lewiston Daily Sun, 5/2/1973.
N/A
1973 LD 1676

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution Abolishing the Executive Council and Changing the Legislature to a One Body System
N/A Leave to withdraw No debate. N/A N/A
1975 LD 91

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution Changing the Legislature to a Single Chamber, Unicameral System, with Single Member Districts
Proposed amendment:

S-5
Died between houses Senate, February 12, 1975
p. A144-A146

House, February 13, 1975
p. A149
News:  "Legislative Branch Stronger if Unicameral, Says Clifford." Lewiston Daily Sun, 1/29/1975.

News:  "Lower Costs Cited Among Unicameral Advantages." Portland Press Herald, 1/29/1975.
N/A
1979 LD 1347

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Changing the Legislature to a Single Chamber, Unicameral System

OTP-ND:
LD 1599
N/A ONTP House, May 8, 1979
p. 1036-1037

Senate, May 9, 1979
p. 1079-1080
N/A N/A
1992 LD 2337

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Reduce the Size of the House of Representatives
Proposed amendments:

H-1161
H-1173
H-1175
H-1196
S-702
Died between houses House, March 23, 1992
p. H-551-H-556

Senate, March 24, 1992
p. S-390-S-392

House, March 25, 1992
p. H-588-H-596

Senate, March 25, 1992
p. S-413-S-414

House, March 31, 1992
p. H-834
Committee file:  Yes

Report:  Special Commission on Governmental Restructuring, Final report (Dec. 15, 1991)
Yes
1992 HP 1732

Joint Order; Ordered, the Senate Concurring, that the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government Consider Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide for a Unicameral Legislature
N/A Indefinitely postponed No debate. News:  "House, Senate want to abolish each other for unicameral body." Kennebec Journal, 3/26/1992. Yes
1993 LD 1035

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Create a Unicameral Legislature
Proposed amendment:

H-277
Died between houses House, May 18, 1993
p. H-766-H-772

House, May 24, 1993
p. H-869-H-875

House, May 25, 1996
p. H-907

Senate, May 25, 1993
p. S-795-S-797
Committee file:  Yes Yes
1993 LD 1196

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Reduce the Number of Members in the House of Representatives and Create a Unicameral legislature
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee file:  Yes Yes
1995 LD 317

Resolve, Creating the Commission to Restructure State Government
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee file:  Yes

News:  "Most reform bills faring poorly in Augusta." Bangor Daily News, 5/10/1995.
Yes
1995 LD 1194

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Creating a Unicameral Legislature
Proposed amendment:

H-426
ONTP House, June 19, 1995
p. H-1113-H-1117

Senate, June 20, 1995
p. S-1230
Committee file:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1424

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Unicameral Legislature
Proposed amendment:

H-471
Died between houses House, June 9, 2009
p. H-851-H-857
Committee file:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 804

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Unicameral Legislature
Proposed amendment:

H-347
ONTP House, May 31, 2011
p. H-628-H-632

House, May 31, 2011
p. H-637
Committee file:  Yes

News:  "Saco lawmaker pitches one-house Legislature." Portland Press Herald. 4/6/2011, p. B8.

News:  "Committee rejects three bills to shrink the Legislature." Bangor Daily News. 5/3/2011, p. B1, B4.

News:  "House approves unicameral legislature bill." Kennebec Journal. 6/1/2011, p. B3.
Yes
2013 LD 1454

Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Unicameral Legislature
Proposed amendment:

S-234
Died between houses Senate, June 10, 2013
p. S-1086-S-1089
Committee file:  Yes Yes