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. Two or three participants may work together to co-sponsor a bill, but only one 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.
We strongly suggest that every participant draft a bill or be at least a co-sponsor of a bill.
The following offices MUST SPONSOR at least one bill
A bill can be written on any topic. Keep a few things in mind when developing ideas for your bill
Places to find bill topics
Sample Bills from past years
DRAFTING YOUR BILL
In drafting your idea answer the following questions. These questions are on the State of Maine website in the section where Legislators go to submit new bills. They are told they must be able to answer these questions in order to submit a bill. To look up existing bills or get other information about drafting a bill checkout:
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.