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LD 165, An Act To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain in Certain Public-Private Partnerships

Presented by Senator Thomas of Somerset.
Cosponsored by Representative Boland of Sanford and
Senators Saviello of Franklin, Whittemore of Somerset, Representatives Bennett of Kennebunk, Black of Wilton, Sirocki of Scarborough, Stanley of Medway, Wood of Sabattus.

An Act To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain in Certain Public-Private Partnerships

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 1 MRSA §816, sub-§1, ¶¶B and C,  as enacted by PL 2005, c. 579, §1 and affected by §2, are amended to read:

B. Primarily for the enhancement of tax revenue; or
C. For transfer to an individual or a for-profit business entity . ; or

Sec. 2. 1 MRSA §816, sub-§1, ¶D  is enacted to read:

D.  For the development, operation, management, ownership, leasing or maintenance of a transportation facility proposed or authorized under Title 23, section 4251.

Sec. 3. 23 MRSA §4251, sub-§7,  as enacted by PL 2009, c. 648, Pt. A, §1, is amended to read:

7. Exercise of powers.   If the The department exercises may not exercise its power of eminent domain for the development and construction of a transportation facility pursuant to this subchapter , the department must retain ownership rights and interests taken. The State may provide maintenance, law enforcement and other services with respect to a transportation facility owned by a private entity when the agreement provides for reasonable reimbursement for such services.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits the use of the power of eminent domain for the development, operation, management, ownership, leasing or maintenance of a transportation facility as a public-private partnership project.

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