Maine LD 660: An Act To Protect Homeowners from Damage in the Event of a Failure of Public Water Systems

LD 660 (subjects: WATER UTILITIES , PUC REGULATION )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=660&PID=1456&snum=127


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


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer DeChant of Bath: (D – District 52) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 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.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Woodsome of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, in concurrence.
5/26/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-189)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/27/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-189) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-189), in concurrence.
5/29/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/1/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/15/2015 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. 239V
107 having voted in the affirmative and 35 in the negative, with 9 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.
6/15/2015 Senate LD 660 In Senate, June 15, 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?” 19 IN FAVOR and 16 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. 660 as originally introduced. L.D. 660 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-189) .

An Act To Protect Homeowners from Damage in the Event of a Failure of Public Water Systems

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

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA 6113-A is enacted to read:

6113-A. Homeowner protection fund

The commission shall adopt rules that allow a consumer-owned water utility to establish a homeowner protection fund, referred to in this section as “the fund,” to reimburse a homeowner in the event of a water system failure that causes damage to the homeowner’s property. The commission’s rules must establish the maximum amount that may be credited to or accumulated in the fund, the treatment of the fund for rate-making purposes, the manner in which disbursements from the fund may be made to reimburse homeowners and any other requirements or limitations the commission determines necessary or appropriate to protect ratepayers. A consumer-owned water utility that has accumulated money in its fund may remove money from the fund and return that money to the unappropriated retained earnings account if the utility determines that the removal would be in the best interest of the utility’s ratepayers. Rules adopted by the commission pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

summary

This bill allows a consumer-owned water utility to establish a homeowner protection fund to reimburse a homeowner in the event of a water system failure that causes damage to the homeowner’s property. The Public Utilities Commission is required to adopt rules governing the creation and use of such a fund.

Patterns of Support

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