Lawmakers delaying action on 120 bills

Posted June 26, 2011, at 12:28 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill addressing so-called “fair-share” fees paid in lieu of union dues is among the 120 proposals lawmakers are putting on the shelf until next year’s session.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says other carry over bills deal with cyberbullying, require photo IDs for voting, and seek competitive bidding to let casinos operate in the state. Maine’s sex offender registry would be updated under another proposal and private prisons could be built in the state.

More than two dozen bond issue bills have also been carried over to the shorter 2012 session.

But the Legislature does have some work to take care of immediately when it returns to Augusta on Tuesday to close this year’s session. Scores of bills await decisions on whether they will get scant funding that’s available.