Maine LD 375: An Act To Create a Blue Alert Program in Maine

LD 375 (subjects: LAW ENFORCEMENT , PERSONNEL )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=375&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Scott Cyrway of Kennebec: (R – District 16) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/12/2015 Senate Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Rosen of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/12/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/31/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED
READ ONCE
Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
4/1/2015 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.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/2/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/7/2015 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.

In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/9/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/14/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 28
34 Yeas – 0 Nays- 1 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED

Bill Text

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An Act To Create a Blue Alert Program in Maine

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

Sec. 1. 25 MRSA c. 260 is enacted to read:

CHAPTER 260

BLUE ALERT PROGRAM

2221. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

1. Blue Alert. “Blue Alert” means a notice provided under this chapter to the public through certain state agencies and the media.
2. Blue Alert Program. “Blue Alert Program” means the statewide alert program regarding killed, injured or missing law enforcement officers developed and implemented under this chapter.
3. Department. “Department” means the Department of Public Safety.
4. Law enforcement officer. “Law enforcement officer” has the same meaning as in section 3701, subsection 3.
5. Media. “Media” means print, radio, Internet-based communication systems or other methods of communicating information to the public.

2222. Blue Alert Program

1. Blue Alert Program. In accordance with this chapter and with the cooperation of the Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, a statewide organization representing broadcast groups in the State, the Office of the Governor and appropriate law enforcement agencies, the department shall develop and implement the Blue Alert Program as provided in subsection 2.
2. Program elements. The Blue Alert Program must be developed and implemented using existing resources and activated when, in the line of duty, a law enforcement officer has been killed or injured or is missing, there is sufficient information available regarding the law enforcement officer’s last known location or physical description of an offender or vehicle involved and the department determines that a public notification may aid in:

A. Apprehending a suspected offender who poses an imminent threat to the public or to law enforcement personnel; or
B. Locating a missing law enforcement officer.

3. Standards of procedure. The Blue Alert Program must include standards of procedure for local law enforcement agencies to determine that a condition under subsection 2 exists to notify the department to activate a Blue Alert, a plan for providing relevant information to the public through an existing system of dynamic message signs located across the State when necessary and training for all law enforcement officers.
4. Rules. The department may adopt routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

summary

This bill creates the Blue Alert Program to notify the public through various state agencies and media outlets when a law enforcement officer has been killed or injured or is missing and the Department of Public Safety determines that public notification would be useful in apprehending a suspected offender or finding a missing officer.

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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