Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


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Chapter 213

H.P. 274 - L.D. 353

PART LL

Sec. LL-1. 3 MRSA §2, first ¶,  as amended by PL 2003, c. 20, Pt. F, §1, is further amended to read:

Each member of the Senate and House of Representatives, beginning with the first Wednesday of December 2000 and thereafter, is entitled to $10,815 in the first year and $7,725 in the 2nd year of each biennium, except that if a Legislator who is a recipient of retirement benefits from the federal Social Security Administration files a written request with the Executive Director of the Legislative Council within one week after the biennium commences, the Legislator is entitled to $9,270 in each year of the biennium. Each member of the Senate and the House of Representatives must receive a cost-of-living adjustment in annual legislative salary, except that the percentage increase may not exceed 5% in any year. Beginning December 1, 2001, the salary for each legislative session must be adjusted each December 1st by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for the most recently concluded fiscal year; except that no member of the Senate or the House of Representatives may receive a cost-of-living adjustment in annual legislative salary for the Second Regular Session of the 121st Legislature or the First Regular Session of the 122nd 124th Legislature. In addition, each Legislator is entitled to be paid for travel at each legislative session once each week at the same rate per mile to and from that Legislator's place of abode as state employees receive, the mileage to be determined by the most reasonable direct route, except that Legislators may be reimbursed for tolls paid for travel on the Maine Turnpike as long as they have a receipt for payment of the tolls, such tolls to be reimbursed when Legislators use the Maine Turnpike in traveling to and from sessions of the Legislature or in performance of duly authorized committee assignments. Each Legislator is entitled to mileage on the first day of the session, and those amounts of salary and expenses at such times as the Legislature may determine during the session, and the balance at the end of the session.

Sec. LL-2. 5 MRSA §18056, sub-§1,  as amended by PL 1991, c. 480, §3, is further amended to read:

1. Basic insurance.   Life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, referred to be known as "basic insurance," shall must be available to all eligible participants.
A.  The Except as provided in paragraph A-1, the amount of life insurance to be paid upon death is equal to the participant's annual base compensation rounded up to the next $1,000.

(1) A participant insured under a basic insurance policy is automatically covered for any change in the maximum due to a change in annual base compensation.

(2) The date of change in coverage under subparagraph (1) is the first day of the month of April following the effective date of the change in annual base compensation.

A-1 For a Legislator, the amount of life insurance to be paid upon death is equal to the participant’s average annual legislative salary over the 2-year term of office rounded up to the next $1,000. For the purposes of this section, "Legislator" includes the representatives of the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe at the Legislature.
B.  The accidental death and dismemberment insurance shall must provide payments as follows.

(1) Losses and amounts payable shall be  are determined according to the following table.

LOSS AMOUNT PAYABLE
Loss of life by Accident An additional amount equal to that provided under this subsection 1, paragraph A
Loss of one hand or foot or sight of one eye One-half the amount provided under this subsection 1, paragraph A
Loss of 2 or more limbs or loss of both eyes or loss of one limb and loss of sight of one eye The amount provided under this subsection 1, paragraph A

(2) For any one accident the aggregate amount of group accidental death and dismemberment insurance that may be paid may not exceed the amount provided under this subsection 1, paragraph A.

Sec. LL-3. Lapsed Personal Services balances; Legislature. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $356,947 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. In addition, $367,549 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11.

Sec. LL-4. Lapsed Personal Services balances; Law and Legislative Reference Library. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $27,353 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Law and Legislative Reference Library General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. In addition, $27,876 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Law and Legislative Reference Library General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11.

Sec. LL-5. Lapsed Personal Services balances; Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $17,933 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. In addition, $18,551 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11.

Sec. LL-6. Lapsed balances; Legislature; reduction in length of legislative session, suspension of cost-of-living adjustment and other cost-saving measures. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $35,766 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category and $65,800 in the All Other line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. These balances will be available as a result of reducing the length of the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature by one week. Additionally, $37,521 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category and $65,800 in the All Other line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11. These balances will be available as a result of reducing the length of the First Regular Session of the 125th Legislature by one week.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $45,856 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. This balance will be available as a result of suspending the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Legislators for the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $65,750 in the All Other line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. This balance will be available as a result of implementing various cost-saving measures to achieve the identified savings.

Sec. LL-7. Lapsed balances; Reserve Fund for State House Preservation and Maintenance. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $300,000 of unencumbered balance forward in the All Other line category in the Reserve Fund for State House Preservation and Maintenance General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10.

Sec. LL-8. Lapsed Personal Services balances; Legislature; Personal Services cost-saving measures. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $695,619 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. In addition, $999,068 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Legislative General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11. These balances will be available as a result of implementing Personal Services cost-saving measures determined by the Legislative Council.

Sec. LL-9. Lapsed Personal Services balances; Law and Legislative Reference Library; Personal Services cost-saving measures. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $65,929 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Law and Legislative Reference Library General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. In addition, $87,849 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Law and Legislative Reference Library General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11. These balances will be available as a result of implementing Personal Services cost-saving measures determined by the Legislative Council.

Sec. LL-10. Lapsed Personal Services balances; Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability; Personal Services cost-saving measures. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, $56,208 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2009-10. In addition, $81,045 of unencumbered balance forward in the Personal Services line category in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability General Fund account in the Legislature lapses to the General Fund in fiscal year 2010-11. These balances will be available as a result of implementing Personal Services cost-saving measures determined by the Legislative Council.

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