Panel to review bills to change Legislature

Posted April 05, 2009, at 11:11 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Bills to change the terms under which Maine legislators do business are coming up for a hearing before the State and Local Government Committee.

One of the bills to be aired Monday would double lawmakers’ terms to four years beginning with the general election in 2012. The Legislature would meet every year, but the business in the fourth year would be restricted as it is presently in the second year.

Two other bills would reduce the size of the 186-member Legislature to 146 members or 140 members. The change would require a constitutional amendment.

Another bill would shorten the first-year of each session by 10 days and the second year by five days.

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