Maine LD 216: An Act To Amend the Charter of the Hampden Water District

LD 216 (subjects: UTILITY DISTRICTS , CHARTER CHANGES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=216&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Andre Cushing of Penobscot: (R – District 10) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

2 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 Senate Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Woodsome of York REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/3/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/25/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-9) READ and ADOPTED
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
3/26/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED. AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-9)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/31/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/1/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-9).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/2/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/7/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 216 as originally introduced. L.D. 216 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-9) .

An Act To Amend the Charter of the Hampden Water District

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, this legislation must take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period to provide for the filling of any vacancies on the board of trustees of the Hampden Water District; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

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

Sec. 1. P&SL 1937, c. 34, 8, 4th and 5th , as enacted by P&SL 2001, c. 5, 3, are amended to read:

The terms of trustees of the district are for 5 3 years. The trustees must be nominated and elected under the same procedure and at the same time as provided for the town councilors of the town.

The term of office of the trustees begins on the 3rd Thursday of January. In the event a vacancy arises in the membership of the board of trustees, the unexpired term of the vacant office must be filled by the Town Council of the Town of Hampden trustees may call and hold a special election to fill the vacancy in the same manner as elections are called and held for expired terms pursuant to this act or the trustees may appoint a person eligible to fill the vacancy. When any trustee ceases to be a resident of the district, the trustee shall vacate the office of trustee and the vacancy must be filled pursuant to this section. A vacancy is created upon the death or resignation of a trustee, upon a trustee’s ceasing to be a resident of the district or upon a trustee’s failure to attend 2 consecutive meetings or 3 meetings annually except that, by a majority vote, the remaining trustees may, in their discretion, excuse a trustee’s failure to attend a meeting or meetings. All trustees are eligible for reelection, but a person holding the office of town councilor or road commissioner in the Town of Hampden is not eligible for nomination or election as trustee. The trustees may procure an office and incur expenses as may be necessary. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 6410, subsection 7, the compensation of the trustees and the treasurer of the board of trustees is determined by the board of trustees. At the close of each fiscal year, the trustees shall make a detailed report of their doings, of the receipts and expenditures of the water district, of its financial and physical condition and of any other matters and things pertaining to the district that will show the inhabitants of the district how the trustees are fulfilling the duties and obligations of their trust, such report to be made and filed with the Town Council of the Town of Hampden.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

summary

This bill amends the Hampden Water District charter to change a trustee’s term of office from 5 years to 3 years and to change what constitutes a vacancy on the board of trustees and how a vacancy may be filled.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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