Push for fewer bill filings pays off

Posted Jan. 21, 2009, at 9:51 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A push by legislative leaders to reduce the number of bills filed during the current session seems to have met with some success.

As of Friday’s deadline, lawmakers offered 1,680 bills, which represents a drop of 23 percent from the previous two-year session.

Leaders had urged senators and representatives to file fewer bills in order to focus attention on such pressing issues as the budget gap, tax reform and energy policy.

It also became evident early on that the tight fiscal situation means that proposals that would cost the state money would have little chance of passage.

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