Maine LD 247: An Act To Create Corridor Districts for the Purpose of Funding Transportation and Transit Services


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Principal Sponsor: Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland: (D – District 40) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

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2/3/2015 House Committee on Transportation suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Collins of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Transportation, in concurrence.
6/2/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative McLEAN of Gorham, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-254) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-254).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/3/2015 Senate Reports READ
Senator COLLINS of York moved to Accept the Minority Ought Not To Pass , in NON-CONCURRENCE. Roll Call Ordered
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending Motion by Senator COLLINS of York to ACCEPT the Minority Ought Not To Pass Report , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
6/3/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Subsequently, On motion by Senator COLLINS of York the Minority Ought Not To Pass Report FAILED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 129 16 Yeas – 19 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent
Subsequently, the Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-254) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-254) , in concurrence.
6/8/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/22/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
80 having voted in the affirmative and 63 in the negative, with 8 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 247 as originally introduced. L.D. 247 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 (H-254) .

An Act To Create Corridor Districts for the Purpose of Funding Transportation and Transit Services



This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide for a more predictable and stable environment to fund transit and mobility needs, including passenger rail, ferries and bus, bike and pedestrian routes, by allowing the creation of multimunicipal, multijurisdictional transportation districts along defined transportation corridors and to form service sharing and revenue partnerships. The corridor districts will have the authority to bond infrastructure; raise funds for operations, capital investment and maintenance of facilities; purchase, own and lease real estate, including station and station area infrastructure financing; and support downtown infrastructure financing strategies, transit corridor infrastructure financing strategies and regional transportation initiatives.

A local referendum will be required in each municipality desiring to participate in a transit partnership. District membership will be identified by criteria specific to a defined transportation corridor. The districts will provide inducements for expanding, retaining businesses and attracting new investments and provide adequate revenues to support critical state and local transportation services.

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This information about LD 247 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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