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
- Rep. Wayne Parry of Arundel: (R – District 10) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Barry Hobbins of Saco: (D – District 14) — e-mail | Twitter
Rep. Andrew Gattine of Westbrook: (D – District 34) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Rep. Robert Saucier of Presque Isle: (D – District 147) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Roger Katz of Kennebec: (R – District 15) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Nathan Libby of Androscoggin: (D – District 21) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky of Cumberland: (D – District 24) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Catherine Breen of Cumberland: (D – District 25) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Amy Volk of Cumberland: (R – District 30) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
|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
|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.|
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Bill and accompanying papers INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Either Report.
Later today assigned.
|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.
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,
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|
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:
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.
Sec. B-1. 5 MRSA 13083-U is enacted to read:
13083-U. Waterfront Community Development Program
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.
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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