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First Special Session of the 122nd

H.P. 97 - L.D. 121

An Act To Improve Communication, Cooperation and Efficiencies in State Government

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

     Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-I, sub-§75-C, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 696, §1, is amended to read:

75-C. State Government

Intergovern- mental Advisory Group Commission

Legislative Per Diem and Expenses for Legis- lators and expenses only for certain members

30-A MRSA §2181

     Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA §2181, as amended by PL 2005, c. 2, Pt. D, §64 and affected by §§72 and 74 and c. 12, Pt. WW, §18, is further amended to read:

§2181. Intergovernmental Advisory Commission

     The Intergovernmental Advisory Group Commission, established by Title 5, section 12004-I, subsection 75-C and referred to in this chapter as "the advisory group commission," shall work on ways to improve communication, cooperation and efficiencies within all 3 branches of government and provide state assistance to encourage regionalization and cost-effective service delivery.

     1. Advisory commission membership. The advisory group commission consists of the following 17 19 members:

The Governor shall appoint at least 3 members from each of 3 regions defined as follows: Region 1: Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties; Region 2: Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties; and Region 3: Cumberland and York counties. The Governor shall make every effort to ensure a geographic diversity of membership from each region.

     2. Chairs. The 2 legislative members of the advisory group commission are the cochairs.

     3. Terms of appointment. The terms of appointment are as follows.

     4. Duties. The advisory group commission shall:

     5. Meetings. The advisory group commission may meet up to 4 times a year. The advisory commission may meet up to 6 more times a year if the advisory commission raises funds as outlined in subsection 8 to compensate members.

     6. Attendance. If a member of the advisory group commission fails to notify the chairs about an absence from a meeting more than one time, the original appointing authority may appoint a replacement.

     7. Staff assistance. The Executive Department, State Planning Office shall provide all necessary staffing and support services for the advisory group commission. The State Planning Office shall designate an individual as the intergovernmental coordinator. The purpose of the coordinator is to encourage improved governmental cooperation, efficiencies in service delivery and coordination of regional and cooperative efforts initiated through state departments and agencies.

     8. Funding. The advisory group commission is authorized to seek, accept and expend funding to carry out the advisory group's commission's program activities, subject to approval by the Director of the State Planning Office within the Executive Department. All funds accepted must be forwarded to the Director of the State Planning Office, who shall administer all funds received by the advisory group commission. The State Planning Office must transfer sufficient funds to the Legislature for the payment of per diem and expenses to Legislators for their attendance at any additional meetings.

     9. Compensation. Legislative members of the advisory group commission are entitled to receive the legislative per diem as defined in Title 3, section 2 and reimbursement for expenses according to Title 5, section 12004-I, subsection 75-C. Public members not otherwise compensated by their employers or other entities that they represent are entitled to receive reimbursement of necessary expenses incurred for their attendance at authorized meetings of the advisory group commission from the Executive Department, State Planning Office, subject to the approval of the Director of the State Planning Office.

     10. Quorum; actions. A quorum is a majority of the members of the advisory group commission. An affirmative vote of the majority of the members present at a meeting is required for any action.

     Sec. 3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

Legislature - Intergovernmental Advisory Commission 0081
Initiative: Allocates funds for the per diem and expenses for the legislative members of the commission for 6 additional meetings.
FUNDS     2005-06     2006-07

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FUNDS TOTAL               $1,260      $1,260

     Sec. 4. Maine Revised Statutes amended; revision clause. Wherever in the Maine Revised Statutes the words "Intergovernmental Advisory Group" appears or reference is made to that entity or those words, those words are amended to read or mean, as appropriate, "Intergovernmental Advisory Commission" or "commission," and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.

Effective September 17, 2005.

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