Maine LD 909: An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning

LD 909 (subjects: ELDERLY , HOME-BASED CARE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=909&PID=1456&snum=127


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


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Christopher Babbidge of Kennebunk: (D – District 8) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/12/2015 House Committee on State and Local Government suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Willette of Aroostook, REFERRED to the Committee on State and Local Government, in concurrence.
6/5/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative MARTIN of Sinclair, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-299) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-299).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 Senate Reports READ On motion by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
6/9/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/10/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/11/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/12/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
On motion by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset The Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-299) 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-299) , in concurrence.
6/15/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/15/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 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. 402V
89 having voted in the affirmative and 54 in the negative, with 8 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. 909 as originally introduced. L.D. 909 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-299) .

An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning

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

Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA 4301, sub- 1-B is enacted to read:

1-B. Age-friendly community. “Age-friendly community” means a community where policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to actively age in place and that recognizes the capabilities, resources and needs of older adults, plans to meet the needs of older adults in flexible ways that support healthy and active aging across a person’s lifespan, promotes the inclusion and contributions of older adults in all areas of community life, respects the self-determination and independence of older adults and protects those older adults who are most vulnerable.

Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA 4312, sub- 3, I and J, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 104, Pt. A, 45 and Pt. C, 10, are amended to read:

I. To preserve the State’s historic and archeological resources; and
J. To promote and protect the availability of outdoor recreation opportunities for all Maine citizens, including access to surface waters . ; and

Sec. 3. 30-A MRSA 4312, sub- 3, K is enacted to read:

K. To encourage municipalities to develop policies that accommodate older adults with aging in place and that encourage the creation of age-friendly communities.

Sec. 4. 30-A MRSA 4326, sub- 1, H, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 104, Pt. A, 45 and Pt. C, 10, is amended to read:

H. Residential housing stock, including affordable housing and housing that meets the needs of older residents, including housing that is rehabilitated, adapted or newly constructed to help older adults age in place;

Sec. 5. 30-A MRSA 4326, sub- 3-A, G, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 578, 15, is amended to read:

G. Ensure that the municipality’s or multimunicipal region’s land use policies and ordinances encourage the siting and construction of affordable housing within the community and comply with the requirements of section 4358 pertaining to individual mobile home and mobile home park siting and design requirements. The municipality or multimunicipal region shall seek to achieve a level of at least 10% of new residential development, based on a 5-year historical average of residential development in the municipality or multimunicipal region, that meets the definition of affordable housing. A municipality or multimunicipal region is encouraged to seek creative approaches to assist in the development of affordable housing and housing that meets the needs of older residents, including, but not limited to, cluster housing, reduced minimum lot and frontage sizes, increased residential densities , the adaptation, rehabilitation and construction of housing that helps older adults age in place and use of municipally owned land;

Sec. 6. 30-A MRSA 4326, sub- 3-A, I and J, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 578, 15, are amended to read:

I. Encourage the availability of and access to traditional outdoor recreation opportunities, including, without limitation, hunting, boating, fishing and hiking, and encourage the creation of greenbelts, public parks, trails and conservation easements. Each municipality or multimunicipal region shall identify and encourage the protection of undeveloped shoreland and other areas identified in the local planning process as meriting that protection; and
J. Develop management goals for great ponds pertaining to the type of shoreline character, intensity of surface water use, protection of resources of state significance and type of public access appropriate for the intensity of use of great ponds within the municipality’s or multimunicipal region’s jurisdiction . ; and

Sec. 7. 30-A MRSA 4326, sub- 3-A, K is enacted to read:

K. Ensure that land use policies encourage aging in place and appropriate housing options for older residents and address issues of special concern to older adults, including transportation to and accessibility and availability of needed services.

SUMMARY

This bill encourages municipalities to develop policies that assist older adults with aging in place and that create age-friendly communities. It amends the law governing comprehensive plans by encouraging municipalities to plan for the needs of older adults in their communities.

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