“An Act To Ensure That Legislators Share the Sacrifice with Civil Servants in the Event of a State Government Shutdown” Sponsored by Representative Diane Russell

LD 1541 HERE.

Summary LD 1541 HERE.

BDN reports “Maine House debates bill to dock lawmakers’ pay if state shutdown occurs, puts off vote.”

“If the state can’t manage to avoid a shutdown, then lawmakers shouldn’t get paid. That was the argument made Tuesday by Portland Democrat Diane Russell on the floor of the House of Representatives.

In the event of a state government shutdown, state employees throughout Maine’s 16 counties would go without pay until the government opens again. Rep. Russell said it’s only fair that if thousands of employees are suddenly left in the lurch, lawmakers should feel a pinch as well.

The Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee voted 11-1 late in February that the bill “ought not to pass.” That recommendation hit the floor of the House [today].

House Majority Leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, tabled the bill to give his members a chance to discuss the bill in a caucus.

The bill could be taken up in the House again as soon as Wednesday.”

Read more HERE.

Published in: on March 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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