MSBA Legislative Update 01-09-09
MAINE STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY WEEKLY REPORT
January 9, 2009
SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET HEARINGS
The Appropriations & Financial Affairs Committee held hearings throughout the week regarding the proposed Supplemental Budget for FY2009. The Appropriations & Financial Affairs Committee will start its work sessions on the Supplemental Budget proposal the week of January 12.
BIENNIAL BUDGET RELEASED
Gov. Baldacci released his proposed biennial budget on Friday, January 9. The Governor was joined by members of his Cabinet to outline the provisions of the biennial budget. Because of the fiscal deficit, deep cuts are expected in many programs, and the Appropriations & Financial Affairs Committee was to immediately receive a short briefing following the press conference.
Legislative Committees will start holding meetings the week of January 12. Many of these are orientation for new committee members, but will also include briefings on the proposed Supplement Budget and discussions regarding recommendations on proposals. The Appropriations Committee will start its work sessions regarding the Supplement Budget the week of January 12. The Committee hopes to move quickly on the Supplemental proposals, so it may quickly turn its attention to the Biennial Budget proposals.
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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SECTION Ė The Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions within the Department of Secretary of State, is required to file an annual report with the Legislature regarding the Administrative Procedure Act. Each year, the Bureau solicits from state agencies and the public any recommendations for improvements to the rule-making process. The comments it receives will be incorporated into the report filed with the Legislature. Comments and recommendations are requested by January 30, 2009 and should be sent to Dawn Wismer, APA Coordinator, Department of Secretary of State, 101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101.
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