New / Proposed Legislation
Maine Rule Amended Effective April 15, 2015
LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
STATE OF MAINE
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN
H.P.143 - L.D. 200
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 895: Underground Facility Damage Prevention Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A requires legislative authorization before major substantive agency rules may be finally adopted by the agency; and
Whereas, the above-named maJor substantive rule has been submitted to the
Legislature for review; and
Whereas, immediate enactment of this resolve IS necessary to record the
Legislature's position on final adoption of the rule; and
Whereas, in tlie 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
Sec. 1. Adoption. Resolved: That final adoption of portions of Chapter 895: Underground Facility Damage Prevention Requirements, a provisionally adopted major substantive rule of the Public Utilities Commission that has been submitted to the Legislature for review pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A, is authorized only if the following change is made.
1. The rule must be amended in section 6(C)(4) to provide a specific time frame, not to exceed 10 business days, for a non-member operator to notify the Public Utilities Commission that the non-member operator's contact person who receives excavation notifications has changed or that the contact information of the contact person has changed for purposes of maintaining the commission's OKTODIG database.
The Public Utilities Commission is not required to hold hearings or undertake further proceedings prior to final adoption of the rule in accordance with this section.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.