Bill appeals to be heard on Thursday, Nov. 17

Maine’s Legislative Council will meet on Thursday to hear appeals from lawmakers whose bills were denied last month.

At that initial meeting on Oct. 31, the 10 members of Legislative Council — made up of House and Senate leaders from both parties — voted up or down on 300 submitted bills.

Approximately 125 bills were approved. They will be added to 120 carry-over bills that will be considered during the session that begins in January.

However, the process allows a bill sponsor to appeal the Legislative Council’s initial decision. As of Wednesday, there were 63 appeal requests that are scheduled to be heard on Thursday.

By statute, bills submitted for the Legislature’s 2nd regular session are supposed to be emergency in nature.

An earlier blog post offered a non-scientific analysis of the legislative winners and losers of the Oct. 31 meeting.