Bill Would Abolish House, Senate 

A legislative committee will take up a bill to make Maine the second state with a unicameral Legislature rather than having a separate House and Senate.The State and Local Government Committee takes up the bill Monday.The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Linda Valentino of Saco proposes a constitutional amendment to abolish the Senate and House of Representatives and replace them with a unicameral Legislature made up of 151 members, who would be referred to as senators. That would require a reapportionment plan by the Legislature that convenes in 2013.The committee will also take up a bill to shorten legislative sessions by two months in the first year of a two-year session, and by a month in the second year. That would result in pay cuts to legislators.(Associated Press)