An Act Regarding the Pay of Tribal Representatives
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, under current law Tribal Representatives to the Maine Legislature are not considered members of the House of Representatives for purposes of compensation; and
Whereas, this legislation amends the law to compensate Tribal Representatives in the same manner as other members of the House of Representatives; and
Whereas, it is necessary that this change be implemented immediately; 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,
Sec. 1. 3 MRSA §2, 8th ¶, as amended by PL 1989, c. 501, Pt. O, §4; c. 600, Pt. B, §§9 and 10; and c. 878, Pt. D, §§14 and 15, is further amended to read:
The member of the Penobscot Indian Nation and the member of the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe elected to represent their tribes at the Legislature shall are entitled to receive a compensation of $110 for each day's attendance during the first and 2nd regular sessions salary equal to the salary of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, including a cost-of-living adjustment, for each regular session and allowance for meals, constituent service, housing and travel expenses to the same extent as any other member members of the Senate and House of Representatives for attendance at each legislative session or authorized committee meeting. For the duration of any special session of the Legislature, they shall are entitled to receive the same per diem payment and allowances, including housing, meal and travel expenses, as any other member of the Senate and House of Representatives.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.