The majority of Knox County legislators will not be sponsoring any bills in the legislative session that begins this week.

The second year of the two years of a legislative term is designed to consider emergency bills and bills that were not acted on in the first year.

State Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, has submitted two bills that have been accepted for consideration by the Legislature in this session.

One would require Mainers to only have a driver's license to operate an autocycle — an enclosed three-wheeled vehicle with controls like a car.

Miramant said Maine and Alaska are the only states that require operators of autocycles to have motorcycle licenses. "These are so dissimilar to a motorcycle that you could not use one for a motorcycle license test, yet they are categorized that way," Miramant said.

The vehicles are extremely fuel-efficient and Miramant said he expects to see many more manufacturers putting out models that will be on the roads.

Miramant is also sponsoring a bill to shorten the residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition.

He said he has a constituent who checked with Maine Revenue Services about what it takes to establish residency in Maine. The student moved to Maine, established housing, registered to vote, went to work and paid out-of-state tuition in the first year. When the student went to register for the second year of school, he was refused the in-state tuition rate.

"They told him he had to live here two years to be able to claim that right, even though he would not have that option if he denied that he was a resident for any other purpose. He talked to his home state to see if he could return and get in-state rates where he had formerly lived, and they said no, he is a Maine resident," Miramant said.

"I am trying to create fairness in the requirements so that we can attract and keep young people in Maine," the state senator said.

Rep. John Spear, D-South Thomaston, said he did not submit any bills, but he plans to submit a resolution to support Maine cement manufacturing and oppose subsidized foreign cement imports.

Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center, D-Rocklabnd, said two bills she wanted to have considered were rejected by the Legislative Council.

The Legislative Council consists of legislative leaders and decides what bills can be considered in the second session, unlike the first year.

One of those bills would have increased reimbursements for all mental health services.

Rep. Owen Casas, independent of Camden, said he did not offer any bills.

"It's not that I did not have any bills in the queue but did they did not rise to an emergency. That is technically what it it suppose to be," Casas said.

Rep, Paula Sutton, R-Warren, said she did not submit any bills. "I am disappointed in the volume of bills that made it through Legislative Council that are not emergencies.  Second regular session is only supposed to be for carryover bills and emergencies," Sutton said.

State Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, submitted a resolve, approved by the Legislative Council to be considered, to authorize the lease of the Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site to the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid.

Rep. Abden Simmons, R-Waldoboro, did not respond to an inquiry about what bills he submitted.