Maine LD 254: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Waterfront Development

LD 254 (subjects: BOND ISSUES , MARINE RESOURCES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=254&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Anne Haskell of Cumberland: (D – District 28) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 Senate Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending REFERENCE
Unfinished Business
2/5/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
2/10/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Subsequently, On motion by Senator Hamper of Oxford REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/12/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
7/16/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 994.
7/16/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 994.
4/15/2016 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Bill and accompanying papers INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
4/15/2016 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Either Report.

Later today assigned.
4/16/2016 House Unfinished Business
4/29/2016 House The Bill was in the possession of the House when the Legislature adjourned Sine Die and was placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.

Bill Text

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An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Waterfront Development

Preamble. Two thirds of both Houses of the Legislature deeming it necessary in accordance with the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 14 to authorize the issuance of bonds on behalf of the State of Maine to provide funds as described in this Act,

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

PART A

Sec. A-1. Authorization of bonds. The Treasurer of State is authorized, under the direction of the Governor, to issue bonds in the name and on behalf of the State in an amount not exceeding $10,000,000 for the purposes described in section 5 of this Part. The bonds are a pledge of the full faith and credit of the State. The bonds may not run for a period longer than 10 years from the date of the original issue of the bonds.

Sec. A-2. Records of bonds issued; Treasurer of State. The Treasurer of State shall ensure that an account of each bond is kept showing the number of the bond, the name of the successful bidder to whom sold, the amount received for the bond, the date of sale and the date when payable.

Sec. A-3. Sale; how negotiated; proceeds appropriated. The Treasurer of State may negotiate the sale of the bonds by direction of the Governor, but no bond may be loaned, pledged or hypothecated on behalf of the State. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds, which must be held by the Treasurer of State and paid by the Treasurer of State upon warrants drawn by the State Controller, are appropriated solely for the purposes set forth in this Part. Any unencumbered balances remaining at the completion of the project in this Part lapse to the Office of the Treasurer of State to be used for the retirement of general obligation bonds.

Sec. A-4. Interest and debt retirement. The Treasurer of State shall pay interest due or accruing on any bonds issued under this Part and all sums coming due for payment of bonds at maturity.

Sec. A-5. Disbursement of bond proceeds from General Fund bond issue. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds authorized under this Part must be expended as designated in the following schedule under the direction and supervision of the agencies and entities set forth in this section.

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF
Waterfront Community Development Program

Provides funds for the creation of a grant program to invest in economic revitalization, environmental enhancement and community betterment projects along the waterfronts of the State in a fashion that preserves and enhances economic activity, environmental protection and the quality of life for residents of the State.

Total $10,000,000

Sec. A-6. Use of bonds. Bond proceeds may be used for a program to award grants for investment in economic revitalization, environmental enhancement and community betterment projects along waterfronts of the State in a fashion that preserves and enhances economic activity, environmental protection and the quality of life for residents of the State, except that use of the proceeds is subject to the following conditions and requirements.

1. Any municipality with either ocean or river waterfront and any nonprofit corporation organized in whole or in part for the purposes of economic, environmental and community development of waterfront in the State may apply to the Department of Economic and Community Development for funding from this grant program.

2. For a project to be eligible to receive grant funding, the project must have as its purpose:

A. The development or restoration of public parks, walkways and other public spaces along waterfront corridors situated either in downtown or developed waterfront locations or between and connecting 2 or more such locations;
B. Rehabilitation of degraded or dilapidated shorelines in downtown waterfront locations in a manner designed to encourage subsequent private development on or near those shorelines; or
C. The restoration of native fisheries and aquatic ecosystems.

3. A proposed project must demonstrate support from a broad range of public and private entities and the local community.

4. Eligible applications must include a commitment of one dollar in matching funds from other public or private sources for every dollar in bond funds.

Sec. A-7. Contingent upon ratification of bond issue. Sections 1 to 6 do not become effective unless the people of the State ratify the issuance of the bonds as set forth in this Part.

Sec. A-8. Appropriation balances at year-end. At the end of each fiscal year, all unencumbered appropriation balances representing state money carry forward. Bond proceeds that have not been expended within 10 years after the date of the sale of the bonds lapse to the Office of the Treasurer of State to be used for the retirement of general obligation bonds.

Sec. A-9. Bonds authorized but not issued. Any bonds authorized but not issued within 5 years of ratification of this Part are deauthorized and may not be issued, except that the Legislature may, within 2 years after the expiration of that 5-year period, extend the period for issuing any remaining unissued bonds for an additional amount of time not to exceed 5 years.

Sec. A-10. Referendum for ratification; submission at election; form of question; effective date. This Part must be submitted to the legal voters of the State at a statewide election held in the month of November following passage of this Act. The municipal officers of this State shall notify the inhabitants of their respective cities, towns and plantations to meet, in the manner prescribed by law for holding a statewide election, to vote on the acceptance or rejection of this Part by voting on the following question:

“Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue to fund a grant program administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development to invest in economic development, environmental protection and community development projects along waterfronts in Maine and to be matched by public or private funds?”

The legal voters of each city, town and plantation shall vote by ballot on this question and designate their choice by a cross or check mark placed within a corresponding square below the word “Yes” or “No.” The ballots must be received, sorted, counted and declared in open ward, town and plantation meetings and returns made to the Secretary of State in the same manner as votes for members of the Legislature. The Governor shall review the returns. If a majority of the legal votes are cast in favor of this Part, the Governor shall proclaim the result without delay and this Part becomes effective 30 days after the date of the proclamation.

The Secretary of State shall prepare and furnish to each city, town and plantation all ballots, returns and copies of this Part necessary to carry out the purposes of this referendum.

PART B

Sec. B-1. 5 MRSA 13083-U is enacted to read:

13083-U. Waterfront Community Development Program

1. Program established; administration. The Waterfront Community Development Program, referred to in this section as “the program,” is established within the department to assist and encourage communities along the State’s ocean and river waterfronts to revitalize their waterfronts in an environmentally sustainable manner and to promote waterfront-oriented community development and enhancement projects through the award of grants. The department shall administer the program directly through the Municipal Investment Trust Fund, established in Title 30-A, section 6006-D, to provide funding for the rehabilitation, revitalization and enhancement of waterfront communities and ocean and river ecosystems in the State.
2. Review panel. The department shall organize a review panel to make recommendations for the operation of the program, including without limitation evaluating grant applications and determining funding under the program. The panel consists of the commissioner, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management within the Executive Department and 4 members of the public with expertise in the areas of economic and community development, environmental conservation, tourism and ecotourism development and promotion and park and trail design and development.
3. Selection criteria. The department shall develop selection criteria with which to evaluate applications for grants under the program for investment in projects in waterfront communities. The selection criteria must include, without limitation:

A. The economic significance of the proposed project to the immediate vicinity and to the State as a whole;
B. The level of compatibility of the proposed project with clean and healthy aquatic ecosystems;
C. The value of the proposed project with respect to downtown revitalization;
D. The value of the proposed project with respect to environmental protection and ecological restoration;
E. The value of the proposed project with respect to recreational uses;
F. The degree of community support for the proposed project; and
G. The extent to which the proposed project involves partnerships and meets multiple criteria for benefits.

4. Rules. The department may adopt rules to implement this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. B-2. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 383, subchapter 3, article 2-C, in the article headnote, the words “riverfront community development program” are amended to read “riverfront and waterfront community development programs” and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.

Sec. B-3. Contingent upon ratification of bond issue. This Part does not become effective unless the people of the State ratify the issuance of the bonds as set forth in Part A of this Act.

summary

The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to fund a grant program to invest in projects that contribute to economic activity, environmental protection and community development along the State’s waterfronts. It also enacts a grant program for waterfront development, which is modeled after the Riverfront Community Development Program.

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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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