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PUBLIC LAWS OF MAINE
First Special Session of the 118th

CHAPTER 184
S.P. 151 - L.D. 430

An Act to Clarify the Provisions that Implement Performance Budgeting in State Government

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 5 MRSA 1710-K, as repealed and replaced by PL 1995, c. 705, 1, is amended by repealing and replacing the headnote to read:

1710-K. Performance budgeting; definitions

     Sec. 2. 5 MRSA 1710-K, sub-1, F, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 705, 1, is amended to read:

     Sec. 3. 5 MRSA 1710-K, sub-2, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 705, 1, is repealed.

     Sec. 4. 5 MRSA 1710-L, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 395, Pt. B, 1, is amended to read:

1710-L.  Commission on Performance Budgeting established; membership; appointment

     The Commission on Performance Budgeting, as established in section 12004-I, subsection 29-C, is established to monitor, track and guide performance budgeting in State Government and to periodically report to the Legislature and the Governor on recommendations for improvements in performance budgeting.

     1. Membership. The commission is composed of the following 13 14 members:

At least one of the legislative members appointed by the President of the Senate and one of the members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives must belong to the political party that has the 2nd largest number of members in the legislative body of that appointed member.

     2. Chair. The Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint a chair from among the members of the commission.

     3. Time of appointment; terms. Commission members must be appointed in July January and serve 2-year terms, except that the initial commission members must be appointed within 30 days of the effective date of this section and serve until June 1997 January 1998. The commission shall hold its first meeting, called by the Director of the State Planning Office, before August 1, 1995.

     Sec. 5. 5 MRSA 1710-M, sub-1, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 395, Pt. B, 1, is amended to read:

     1. Provision of guidance and advice. Provide strategic guidance and advice to the Legislature and the Governor regarding performance budgeting in State Government, including the methods and strategies used by departments and agencies for the collection and evaluation of information related to programs and services provided, public benefits, services not provided, coordination, alternatives and impact. The commission shall also provide guidance and advice on the methods and strategies for implementing performance budgeting in State Government;

     Sec. 6. 5 MRSA 1710-O, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 395, Pt. B, 1, is amended to read:

1710-O. Meetings

     The commission shall meet at least quarterly. Additional meetings may be called by a majority vote of the commission or by the chair of the commission. All meetings are open to the public.

     Sec. 7. 5 MRSA 1710-P, sub-3, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 705, 2, is amended to read:

     3. Submission of the final strategic plan and program selection for legislative review. No later than February 1, 1997, each state agency shall submit its final strategic plan and budget proposal for the selected program to be piloted for performance budgeting for review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over that agency's matters. Copies of each final strategic plan and pilot budget proposal must be provided to the Director of the State Planning Office, the State Budget Officer and the Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

     Sec. 8. 5 MRSA 1710-P, sub-3-A is enacted to read:

     3-A. Pilot performance budgets. The State Budget Officer and the Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review shall coordinate the submission of agencies' pilot budget proposals to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs for the purposes of reviewing and evaluating the pilots.

     Sec. 9. 5 MRSA 1710-P, sub-4, 5 and 7, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 705, 2, are amended to read:

     4. Selection of program by policy area. By September 1, 1997, each state agency shall identify at least one program or significant subprogram within a policy area that has the same or similar goals and objectives as one or more other state agencies; develop jointly with those state agencies measurable objectives; and coordinate strategies for achieving those objectives. During selection of the program, and development of the joint goals and objectives, each agency shall consult with and receive comments from the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over that agency's matters, the State Budget Officer and the Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

Each state agency shall submit its joint measurable objectives and strategies to the Director of the State Planning Office, who shall provide copies to the State Budget Officer, the Office of Fiscal and Program Review and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over the agency's matters.

     5. Development of policy areas. By December 31, 1997, the State Budget Officer and the Legislative Council or the council's designee, in consultation with state agencies, shall develop a plan to group all state agencies into policy areas, which must be formed around common goals and measurable objectives. Any plan grouping that proposes to transfer or modify the existing statutory mission or mandate of an agency must be submitted to and approved by the Legislature prior to implementation.

     7. Development of joint budget proposals. By September 1, 1998, state agencies within each policy area shall develop budget proposals that are tied to their joint measurable objectives and in their strategic plan.

     Sec. 10. 5 MRSA 1710-P, sub-8, as amended by PL 1995, c. 560, Pt. K, 82 and affected by 83 and enacted by c. 705, 2, is further amended to read:

     8. Demonstration project; job training programs. The Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Resources Services, the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and the Maine Technical College System shall at a minimum select job training as one of the policy areas in which they and develop joint strategic planning and budgeting goals and objectives and coordinate strategies as a demonstration project for the purposes of carrying out the requirements of subsections 4 to 7 for the biennium beginning July 1, 1997.

     Sec. 11. 5 MRSA 12004-I, sub-29-C, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 395, Pt. B, 2, is amended to read:

29-C. Finance

Commission on Performance Budgeting

Not Authorized

5 MRSA @1710-K 1710-L

Effective September 19, 1997, unless otherwise indicated.

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