Bill Would Dock Maine Lawmakers’ Pay When They Skip Work
Republican state lawmaker Linda Baker believes if you’re elected to serve the people you should show up. If they did this in Congress all those running around trying to be president would have lots of fines.
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Baker is offering legislation that would dock lawmakers’ pay when they have poor attendance records.
“If legislators are not in attendance, their constituents cannot be represented,” Baker told the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee on Monday. “In the working world around us, employees are held to attendance standards. As a state legislator in Maine, there is no attendance accountability. A legislator is paid regardless of attendance. This is unacceptable.”
Baker’s bill would allow lawmakers a limited number of eight paid days off for sickness or personal time each two-year lawmaking session. Baker allows lawmakers five days in the first year of the session, which is usually longer than the second, and three days off in the second year.
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