Band Assembly establishes protocol for drafting legislation


Legislative Order 28-20, passed by a 3-0 vote of the Mille Lacs Band Assembly on June 10, establishes guidelines and procedures for drafting legislation.

The order states that an individual wishing to propose new legislation must first consult a District Representative, who may request legislative attorneys to assist in evaluating the proposed change and drafting the proposed law.

The District Representative may also create a subcommittee composed of Band members and employees with direct knowledge of the subject of the proposed legislation.

When the draft legislation is complete, the Legislative Branch must post the draft legislation and may establish a comment period, the results of which will be compiled by legislative legal staff and presented to Band Assembly at a working session.
The Court of Central Jurisdiction will also be permitted to comment on proposed legislation that pertains to court processes and procedures.

District Representatives will then consider the comments and make the final decision to act or not act on the draft legislation.
To read the entire Legislative Order, go to