Guidelines, Submitting and Drafting a Bill
LEGISLATION THAT MAY BE SUBMITTED
Remember that our program deals only with Maine issues and Maine law, changes in federal statutes and rules can’t be submitted. Also, bills must be in accordance with the Maine Constitution and the Constitution of the United States.
May do any of the following; create a new law, amend an existing law, or repeal an existing law.
A change to the Maine Constitution, this requires a two-thirds majority of both Houses to pass. The title of the bill would need to read: “A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: An act to the qualified electors of Maine an Amendment to Article _____ of the Maine Constitution to...................
This would put to the voters of the State of Maine the passage or rejection of your proposition. The correct title would read: “A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: An act to _________(describe the content of the act), providing that the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electorate of the State of Maine.
Used to express a desire, an opinion, sympathy, a request of the legislature, to express the will of the legislature to the United States Congress, to amend the rules of the House and Senate, or to ratify a proposed Constitutional Amendment. The title should read A Joint Resolution of the Maine State Senate and the Maine House of Representative of the YMCA Camp of Maine Youth in Government program...............
HEADER FORM GUIDELINES FOR BILLS
Sponsor: The name of the prime sponsor of the bill
Co-Sponsor: Up to 3 other names of those assisting with the drafting of this bill
School / Club / YMCA: What is the name of your delegation?
Endorsed By: Name of Advisor, Bills will be emailed to them to confirm they have approved the bill.
Bill Title: A short descriptive title with the opening, AN ACT RELATING TO:
Don’t use cutesy titles. If the bills revise or amends existing law the Maine Revised Statute Annotated (MRSA) title number must appear.
GUIDELINES FOR THE BODY OF BILLS
Do not number the lines in your bill, that will be done when bills are place in final format
SECTIONS AND SUBSECTIONS:
Each idea in the body of your bill should be designated as a new Section. Designation of each section should be CAPS, BOLD, UNDERLINED, with an ARABIC NUMBER
Should look like this SECTION 1:
Any terms unfamiliar to the general public should be defined, or any term that a meaning unfamiliar to the general public should be defined.
Use the following format:
All definitions must be: CAPS, BOLD, ITALICS with a dash after with the definition after the dash
Should look like this: DEFINITION of CLIENT----a person using the service of this agency.
SECTIONS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN EACH BILL
BODY OF THE BILL
The body of your bill should include the following items
STATEMENT OF FACT:
This is where you place facts that support your bill, this is not a place to put a written argument, only facts are to be a part of this section. Facts must be verifiable, and statistical.
This is the place where the author can give their reasons for writing the bill and giving their opinions and arguments for this bill.
How much will this bill cost to implement, and where will any needed money to fund the proposition come from? This must be a realistic number, not simply a guess you need to research an estimated cost.
List any research materials used in drafting your bill, this will allow others to check out your sources. They should be listed in bibliography style including magazines, newspaper, Internet, reference books articles, or interviews with local officials.
The final section of the bill should be a 2- or 3-line summation of the purpose of the bill. What do you want to happen because of this bill?
SUBMITTING YOUR BILL
Complete all sections of the bill, as instructed here. The bill # should be SPONSORS LAST NAME and a # (if sponsor submits more than 1 bill change number for each bill) IE SMITH1
ONLY WAY TO SUBMIT A BILL IS TO SUBMIT IT IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL DO NOT SEND OR ATTACH BILL TO EMAIL AS:
We will email you back that we have received your bill if you don't get an email with 24 hours of submitting you bill email email@example.com so we can see what happen to your bill submission