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Old Bills Up for New Consideration

| November 21, 2013


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers are preparing to explain why they think their bills should be considered next session. The Legislative Council, a bipartisan panel of House and Senate leaders, meets Thursday to decide which bills should be heard when they return in January. The panel will reconsider about 100 bills that they rejected last month. They range from bills that have already received much attention, like one that would vacate prostitution sentences for human trafficking victims, to more under-the-radar measures, like one designed to provide property tax relief for seniors. One bill would restore revenue sharing, which was cut by about $75 million in the current budget, to its previous level. Another bill would require some welfare recipients to prove they’ve applied to at least three jobs before getting benefits.

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