Maine LD 420: An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Filing Fees for Proposed Transmission Line Projects

LD 420 (subjects: ELECTRIC UTILITIES , TRANSMISSION LINES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=420&PID=1456&snum=127


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


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Mark Dion of Portland: (D – District 43) — e-mail | Twitter

1 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/12/2015 House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, in concurrence.
4/14/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/16/2015 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” (H-71).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/21/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence. READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (H-71) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence. ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/23/2015 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” (H-71), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/28/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/29/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
5/13/2015 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?”
ROLL CALL NO. 70V
147 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, with 4 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/14/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending CONSIDERATION
Unfinished Business
5/19/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/20/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/21/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/26/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/27/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/28/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/29/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/1/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
LD 420 In Senate, June 1, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 16 in Favor and 18 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 420 as originally introduced. L.D. 420 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-71) .

An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Filing Fees for Proposed Transmission Line Projects

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

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA 3132, sub- 9, as amended by PL 2007, c. 148, 8, is further amended to read:

9. Filing fee; waiver of fee. When a petition is filed under this section or section 3132-A, the person or persons involved shall pay to the commission an amount equal to 2/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line provided except that , in the case of a petition filed under subsection 2, the fee is 4/100 of 1% or $100,000, whichever is higher. The person may, at the time of the filing of notice of its intent to file the petition, or, in the case of lines subject to subsection 2, at the time of the filing of the petition, request the commission to waive all or a portion of the filing fee. The commission shall rule on the request for waiver within 30 days.

Filing fees paid as required under this subsection must be segregated, apportioned and expended by the commission for the purposes of this section. Any portion of the filing fee that is received from any person and is not expended by the commission to process the petition for a certificate of public convenience and necessity must be returned to the person.

SUMMARY

This bill changes the fee for petitioning the Public Utilities Commission for approval to erect a transmission line capable of being operated at 69 kilovolts or more from 4/100 of 1% of the cost to erect the line to 4/100 of 1% or $100,000, whichever is higher. It also requires a fee of 2/100 of 1% of the estimated cost of a transmission line and its associated infrastructure capable of operating at less than 69 kilovolts and projected to cost in excess of $20,000,000 to be paid by a person petitioning the commission to build such a line and infrastructure.

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