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Summary and Statistics:
First Special, Second Regular & Second Special Sessions
 of the 121st Legislature

PREFACE

     

     This electronic edition of the 2003 Laws of Maine is the official publication of the Session Laws of the State of Maine enacted by the 121st Legislature and is compiled and published under the authority of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 163‑A.  The Laws of Maine has been in continuous publication since 1820, when the Acts and Resolves adopted by the First Legislature were published by the Secretary of State under the authority of Resolve 1820, chapter 25.

    This web site contains the public laws, private and special laws, resolves and joint study orders enacted at the First Special Session, the Second Regular Session and the Second Special Session of the 121st Legislature, including the 2003 Revisorís Report, chapter 1.  No constitutional resolutions were enacted during these sessions.

     The Laws of Maine from the First Regular Session of the 121st Legislature are available at:  http://janus.state.me.us/legis/ros/lom/LOM121st/LOM121Directory.htm.

     The following conventions are used throughout this web site.

1.  At the top of each page is a heading that indicates the individual classification of each law, the year and session of passage and its chapter number.

2.  A link to an individual subject index of the documents contained at this web site, arranged alphabetically by subject headings with corresponding chapter numbers, is located at the bottom of each page.

3.  A link to the cross-reference tables for the 1st Special, 2nd Regular and 2nd Special Sessions is also provided at the bottom of the page how laws exempted in previous revisions and Titles and sections of the Maine Revised Statutes of 1964 have been affected by the laws included at this web site.

4.  When a word or phrase is deleted from the statutes, it is shown stricken through.  When an entire section or larger segment is repealed, the text that is repealed is not shown stricken but its repeal is indicated by express language.

5.  When new words or sections are added to the statutes, they are underlined.

6.  Citations to a Legislative Document are shown beneath the chapter number heading to assist in locating the original source of each chapter.

7.  The effective date for Maine laws is provided in the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 16, which specifies that, except for certain emergency legislation, an act or resolve enacted into law takes effect 90 days after the adjournment of the session in which it passed.  The general effective date of nonemergency laws passed at the: First Special Session of the 121st Legislature is November 22, 2003; the 2nd Regular Session of the 121st Legislature is April 30, 2004; and the Second Special Session of the 121st Legislature is July 30, 2004.  The effective dates of emergency legislation vary and are provided at the end of the chapters that were enacted as emergencies.

     Hard copies of a specific chaptered law may be obtained by contacting the Engrossing Division of this office.  Hard copies of the edition of the Laws of Maine from which this electronic version is derived are also available.  The first copy is free; due to state budget constraints, there is a cost for additional copies.

     This electronic edition of the Laws of Maine and its predecessors have been prepared for the convenience of the people of the State of Maine, and any comments or suggestions for improvements in subsequent editions would be appreciated.

Margaret E. Matheson
Revisor of Statutes
July 2004

LEGISLATIVE STATISTICS
FIRST SPECIAL SESSION
121st Legislature

 

Convened

August 21, 2003

Adjourned

August 22, 2003

Days in Session:

 

     Senate

2

     House of Representatives

2

Legislative Documents

4

Public Laws

2

Private and Special Laws

1

Resolves

0

Constitutional Resolutions

0

Competing Measure Resolutions

1

Initiated Bills

0

Vetoes:

0

     Overridden

0

     Sustained

0

Emergency Enactments

2

Effective Date

November 22, 2003
(unless otherwise indicated)

 

LEGISLATIVE STATISTICS
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
121st Legislature

 

Convened

January 7, 2004

Adjourned

January 30, 2004

Days in Session:

 

     Senate

12

     House of Representatives

12

Legislative Documents

52

Carryover Bills

*

Public Laws

5

Private and Special Laws

0

Resolves

3

Constitutional Resolutions

0

Competing Measure Resolutions

0

Initiated Bills

1

Vetoes:

0

     Overridden

0

     Sustained

0

Emergency Enactments

2

Effective Date

April 30, 2004
(unless otherwise indicated)

(Note:  164 bills were carried over to the Second Regular Session of the 121st Legislature)

*Pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 682, matters before the Second Regular Session of the 121st Legislature were held over to the Second Special Session.

 

LEGISLATIVE STATISTICS
SECOND SPECIAL SESSION
121st Legislature

 

Convened

February 3, 2004

Adjourned

April 30, 2004

Days in Session:

 

     Senate

38

     House of Representatives

42

Legislative Documents

441

Carryover Bills

*

Public Laws

199

Private and Special Laws

20

Resolves

46

Constitutional Resolutions

0

Competing Measure Resolutions

0

Initiated Bills

0

Vetoes:

0

     Overridden

0

     Sustained

0

Emergency Enactments

61

Effective Date

July 30, 2004
(unless otherwise indicated)

*Pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 682 matters before the Second Regular Session of the 121st Legislature were held over to the Second Special Session.

 

 




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