Maine LD 737: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Learner’s Permits and Intermediate Licenses

LD 737 (subjects: OPERATORS LICENSES , DRIVER EDUCATION )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=737&PID=1456&snum=127


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


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Kimberley Rosen of Hancock: (R – District 8) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 Senate Committee on TRANSPORTATION
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Collins of York REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.
READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-58) READ and ADOPTED.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/29/2015 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” (S-58).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/30/2015 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” (S-58).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/5/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/6/2015 Senate On motion by Senator ROSEN of Hancock Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ENACTMENT , in concurrence.
Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/12/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/13/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
PASSED TO BE ENACTED
5/27/2015 Senate LD 737 in Senate, May 27, 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?” 23 in Favor and 11 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.
5/28/2015 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. 108V
114 having voted in the affirmative and 32 in the negative, with 5 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.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 737 as originally introduced. L.D. 737 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 (S-58) .

An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Learner’s Permits and Intermediate Licenses

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

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 1304, sub- 1, E, as amended by PL 2013, c. 381, Pt. B, 16, is further amended to read:

E. Unless the permittee is operating a motorcycle or moped, the learner’s permit requires the permittee to be accompanied by a licensed operator who:

(1) Has held a valid license for at least 2 3 years;

(2) Is at least 20 25 years of age;

(3) Is occupying a seat beside the driver; and

(4) Is licensed to operate the class vehicle operated by the permittee.

The accompanying operator must adhere to all restrictions applied to the license when functioning as the permittee’s accompanying operator.

Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA 1304, sub- 1, H, as amended by PL 2013, c. 496, 13, is further amended to read:

H. A person under 21 years of age may not apply for a license unless:

(1) A period of 6 12 months has passed from the date the person was issued a learner’s permit; and

(2) The person has completed a minimum of 70 hours of driving, including 10 hours of night driving, while accompanied by a parent, guardian or licensed driver at least 20 25 years of age who has held a valid license for at least 3 years. The parent, stepparent or guardian, or a spouse or employer pursuant to section 1302, subsection 1, paragraphs B and C, must certify the person’s driving time on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State. A parent, stepparent, guardian, spouse or employer who certifies a driving log pursuant to this subsection and was not the licensed driver accompanying the applicant must provide the name and address of the licensed driver who accompanied the applicant for the majority of the 70 hours of driving. The Secretary of State may complete the certification for an applicant at least 18 years of age and who has no parent, stepparent, guardian, spouse or employer if the applicant provides the name and address of the licensed driver who accompanied the applicant for the majority of the 70 hours of driving.

A person 21 years of age or older is not required to submit certification of driving time to the Secretary of State.

Sec. 3. 29-A MRSA 1304, sub- 1, I, as amended by PL 2013, c. 381, Pt. B, 16, is further amended to read:

I. A person who has been issued a learner’s permit may not operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone. For the purpose of this paragraph, “mobile telephone” means a device used to access a wireless telephone service telecommunications network for voice, text messaging or Internet service.

A person who violates this paragraph commits a traffic infraction.

Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA 1311, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 13, 1, is further amended to read:

1. Restricted license. A person under 18 years of age who has been issued a driver’s license may not:

A. Carry passengers other than immediate family members unless accompanied by a licensed operator who meets the requirements of section 1304, subsection 1, paragraph E . For the purpose of this paragraph, “immediate family member” includes the following when living with the immediate family: ;

(1) A foreign exchange student;

(2) A person who is under court-appointed guardianship of an immediate family member; and

(3) A child whose parent is deployed for military service and is under guardianship of an immediate family member as provided on a United States Department of Defense Armed Forces Family Care Plan, DA Form 5305 or its successor form.

For the purpose of this paragraph, “deployed for military service” means assigned to active military duty with the state military forces, as defined in Title 37-B, section 102, or the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, whether pursuant to orders of the Governor or the President of the United States, when the duty assignment is in a combat theater, in an area where armed conflict is taking place or in an area away from a person’s normal duty station;

B. Operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 12 a.m. 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless traveling directly between the driver’s place of employment and residence; or
C. Operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone.

For the purpose of this paragraph, “mobile telephone” means a device used to access a wireless telephone service telecommunications network for voice, text messaging or Internet service.

Sec. 5. 29-A MRSA 1311, sub- 3-A is enacted to read:

3-A. Restricted license reflective decal. The Secretary of State shall provide to a licensee under subsection 1 a set of 2 highly visible reflective decals to place in the motor vehicle driven by the licensee that indicates that the driver of the motor vehicle may be a holder of a restricted license under subsection 1. The decals must be displayed in the motor vehicle in a manner clearly visible to a law enforcement officer and as prescribed by the Chief of the State Police in consultation with the Secretary of State. A licensee under subsection 1 may not operate a motor vehicle without the decals displayed in the motor vehicle as required by this subsection. The decals must be removed from a motor vehicle that is no longer used by a licensee under subsection 1 or when the periods of restrictions under subsections 2 and 3 have ended. The Secretary of State may charge a fee for the decals that may not exceed the cost of producing and distributing the decals.

Sec. 6. 29-A MRSA 1311, sub- 4, as amended by PL 2011, c. 654, 5, is further amended to read:

4. Penalty. A person who violates this section commits a traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $250 and not more than $500 may be adjudged , except for a violation of subsection 1, paragraph C, for which a fine of $500 must be adjudged, and for a violation of subsection 3-A, for which a fine of $100 must be adjudged.

summary

This bill strengthens the restrictions on a driver of a motor vehicle under a learner’s permit by increasing the requirements regarding the age of the accompanying licensed driver and the length of time that driver has held a driver’s license and increasing the length of time a permit holder is required to have a learner’s permit before obtaining a driver’s license. The bill also expands the definition of “mobile telephone” to include devices providing access to voice, text messaging or Internet service as it applies to a driver with a learner’s permit or a driver operating under a restricted license. This bill also strengthens the restrictions on a driver of a motor vehicle who is under 18 years of age operating under a restricted license by prohibiting the driver from carrying immediate family members without an accompanying licensed driver, decreasing the time period during which a driver with a restricted license may operate a motor vehicle unless traveling to and from work and requiring the driver to display decals in the motor vehicle indicating that the driver may be a holder of a restricted license. Finally, the bill changes the fine for using a mobile telephone while driving under a restricted license to $500 and sets the fine for failing to display a restricted license reflective decal at $100.

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