A bill is a proposed law. In the Maine State Legislature, only members of the House or the Senate may submit bills. At Model Legislature and Assembly any participant may submit a bill. Any participants may submit more than one bill. Several participants may work together to co-sponsor a bill, but only 1 is to list as the sponsor, the others will be listed as co-sponsors. We strongly suggest that every participant sponsor or co-sponsor a bill, it makes the weekend much more fun and interesting working to get your bill all the way through the process.
FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE INCLUDED FOR THE BILL TO BE SUBMITTED
BILL SPONSORS: There may be only 1 sponsor of a bill; you may have an unlimited number of Co-sponsors, they should all be listed on the bill.
FISCAL CONSIDERATION: The bill sponsor is to give in the section what they feel the bill will cost to implement, and enforcement. If the bill is going to generate revenue about how much will it generate.
DO NOT INCLUDE A COST FOR PRINTING THE $7,000. YOU NEED TO PUT IN A TRUE COST FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS BILL.
REFERENCES: Bills must have some references, what did you use as a resource to draft the bill, Maine State Laws, web pages, books, magazines, and interviews are all type of references that can be listed.
STRAIGHT FACE TEST
Bills must follow a couple of general principals to be considered for submission to the Augusta Session. The bill must pass the straight face test.
a) Is this bill an original idea? (Bills having been submitted in previous Youth in Government programs will not be accepted unless there have been additions or deletions from the original bill)
b) Would you submit this bill to the actual legislature? (Would you be willing to stand before the actual legislature and defend this bill, and take the time of the actual legislature to hear this bill?)