First Special Session of the 121st

S.P. 600 - L.D. 1637

An Act To Provide a Clear Transition for the County Commissioner Districts as Apportioned by Public Law 2003, Chapter 43 and as Codified by Public Law 2003, Chapter 291

     Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

     Whereas, the public laws effecting reapportionment of county commissioner districts do not provide a clear transition provision; and

     Whereas, the passage of this legislation is immediately necessary for the Secretary of State to prepare ballots for the 2 county charter commission elections in November 2003; and

     Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

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

     Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA §66-A, sub-§17 is enacted to read:

     17. Transition. A person holding the office of county commissioner on September 13, 2003 continues to serve the remainder of the term for which elected. Candidates for the office of county commissioner for districts in which the term of office expires in 2004 will run for office for the districts established in this section. As of January 1, 2005, all county commissioners represent the districts established in this section, regardless of when elected.

     Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.

Effective August 26, 2003.

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