Maine LD 460: An Act To Restore Liability Insurance Requirements for Amusement Rides and Other Public Exhibitions

LD 460 (subjects: PUBLIC SAFETY , AMUSEMENT RIDES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=460&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Janice Cooper of Yarmouth: (D – District 47) — e-mail | Facebook

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/24/2015 House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/24/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Rosen of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, in concurrence.
4/30/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Restore Liability Insurance Requirements for Amusement Rides and Other Public Exhibitions

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, in 2014 the Legislature repealed a law concerning the licensing of public exhibitions by the Commissioner of Public Safety; and

Whereas, since that time, there have been concerns that public safety has been put at further risk due to the repeal of that law as well as concerns about liability issues; and

Whereas, the season when traveling amusement shows will be in operation begins before the 90-day period expires; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

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

Sec. 1. 8 MRSA c. 19, as repealed by PL 2013, c. 595, Pt. U, 4, is reenacted to read:

CHAPTER 19

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

501. License required

Whoever, for money or other valuable article, exhibits any images, pageantry, sleight of hand tricks, puppet show, circus, traveling amusement show, feats of balancing, wire dancing, personal agility, dexterity or theatrical performances, without a license therefor as provided, forfeits for every offense not less than $10 nor more than $100. This prohibition does not extend to any permanently established museum.

502. Fees, prosecutions; traveling shows

The municipal officers of towns may grant licenses for any of the exhibitions or performances described in section 501, on receiving for their town a sum that they determine proper, 24 hours or more being allowed for the exhibitions or performance as they may determine. They shall prosecute, by complaint for the use of their town, all violations of section 501.

A traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device may not operate or exhibit any parade, show or entertainment in this State without first paying a license fee for each calendar year. Application for the license must be made to the Commissioner of Public Safety and contain the name of the person or corporation using or operating the traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device, and a statement of proposed territory within the limits of the State, and names of the cities and towns in which the traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device is to operate or exhibit. A traveling circus or traveling amusement show or amusement device may not exhibit any parade, show or entertainment in this State without first furnishing the Commissioner of Public Safety, in an amount to be determined by the commissioner, a certificate of public liability insurance issued by an authorized insurer or approved surplus lines insurer pursuant to Title 24-A or any risk retention group registered in any state pursuant to 15 United States Code, Chapter 65 or through a purchasing group registered in any state pursuant to 15 United States Code, Chapter 65. Upon receipt of the application, accompanied by a certificate of public liability insurance and upon payment of the required fee, a license is issued. For amusement shows, carnivals, thrill shows, ice shows, rodeos or similar types of performances that are held indoors or outdoors the fee is $300. For circuses that are held outdoors or under tents or similar temporary cover or enclosure the fee is $500. For circuses held indoors in an auditorium, arena, civic center or similar type building the fee is $300. For circuses produced in their entirety by a nonprofit, charitable organization a license is required but no fee is charged. The amusement device license fee is $50 per amusement device. A traveling amusement show, having amusement devices and having secured a traveling amusement show license, must pay an additional amusement device license fee for each amusement device over 5 rides. “Amusement device” means a device by which a person is carried or conveyed, or is allowed to move on, around or over a fixed course within a defined area intended to thrill, excite or amuse, including, but not limited to, bungee jumping and water slides, regardless of whether a fee to operate is required. It does not include a vehicle or device the operation of which is regulated as to safety by any other provision of law, except a municipal ordinance under Title 30-A, section 3001 or any coin-operated kiddie amusement device on a nonmoving base that is designed to accommodate one child.

License fees must be credited to a special revenue account to defray expenses in carrying out this section. Any balance of fees may not lapse but must be carried forward as a continuing account to be expended for the same purposes in the following fiscal years.

The license must be further conditioned that a traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device being operated in a manner that is dangerous to the safety of the public be stopped until the condition is remedied. Breach of any condition in the license is a cause for immediate suspension or revocation of the license, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Public Safety.

The Commissioner of Public Safety shall make, amend or rescind, after public hearing, notice of which has been duly advertised in the state paper, reasonable rules for the operation of traveling circuses, traveling amusement shows or amusement devices.

The exhibiting of any parade, show or entertainment of any traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device contrary to this section is a civil violation, and the person, persons, firm or corporation owning or controlling the traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device, or the manager or officer in charge of the traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device within the State, is subject to a forfeiture of not more than $1,000.

The District Court and Superior Court in the counties where traveling circuses, traveling amusement shows or amusement devices exhibit or parade have jurisdiction over the offense.

Sec. 2. 8 MRSA 701, as amended by PL 2013, c. 595, Pt. U, 6, is further amended to read:

701. Jurisdiction

All penalties provided in chapters 3, 7 and 18 to 25 , except that specified in section 502, must be recovered by complaint for the use of the town where incurred.

Sec. 3. 22 MRSA 1607, as amended by PL 2013, c. 595, Pt. U, 8, is further amended to read:

1607. Application

This chapter does not apply to fairs licensed, defined and regulated under Title 7, chapter 4, or military activities. It does not apply to persons, associations, corporations, trusts or partnerships licensed under Title 8, chapter chapters 11 and 19.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

SUMMARY

Public Law 2013, chapter 595 repealed the law requiring a traveling circus, traveling amusement show or amusement device to apply to the Commissioner of Public Safety for a license. This bill reenacts that law, including the provision that the application contain a certificate of public liability insurance and a fee.

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