Maine LD 788: An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Citizens and Safety of Pedestrians

LD 788 (subjects: TRAFFIC REGULATIONS , PEDESTRIANS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=788&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support | In The News


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Denise Harlow of Portland: (D – District 36) — e-mail

6 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/10/2015 House Committee on Transportation suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Collins of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Transportation, in concurrence.
5/20/2015 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-171)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/21/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-171) 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-171), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
5/26/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/27/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/9/2015 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. 186V
92 having voted in the affirmative and 56 in the negative, with 3 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 788 as originally introduced. L.D. 788 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-171) .

An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Citizens and Safety of Pedestrians

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

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 2056, sub- 2, as amended by PL 2009, c. 91, 1, is further amended to read:

2. Pedestrian on way. Where sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian shall walk facing approaching traffic on the left side of the public way or the way’s shoulder when practicable. An operator of a motor vehicle who is passing a pedestrian on a public way or the way???s shoulder shall exercise due care by leaving a distance between the motor vehicle and the pedestrian of not less than 3 feet while the motor vehicle is passing the pedestrian. A motor vehicle operator may pass a pedestrian in a no-passing zone only when it is safe to do so.

The collision of a motor vehicle with a pedestrian is prima facie evidence of a violation of this subsection.

SUMMARY

Current law requires the operator of a motor vehicle to leave a distance of at least 3 feet when passing a bicyclist, a person on roller skis or a pedestrian. If a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist or roller skier, it is prima facie evidence of a violation of the 3-foot requirement by the operator of the motor vehicle; no such provision is included for a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.

This bill provides that a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian is prima facie evidence of a violation of the 3-foot requirement by the operator of the motor vehicle.

Patterns of Support

Pattern of Cosponsorship by Region:

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Pattern of Cosponsorship by Campaign Finance Classification:

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.


In The News…

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This information about LD 788 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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