House to debate bill that would create single-chamber state Legislature

Posted May 30, 2011, at 11:11 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House of Representatives will debate a bill that would create a state Legislature with a single chamber.

The bill is scheduled to come up for debate after lawmakers return from their holiday weekend on Tuesday. It proposes to amend the state Constitution to combine the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The one-body, unicameral legislature would have 151 members, who will be referred to as senators. If approved by voters, the new body would be seated in 2016 after a scheduled reapportionment.

The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Linda Valentino of Saco, says a unicameral legislature would be more efficient. Her bill has won an 8-5 vote of support by the State and Local Government Committee.

 

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