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Legislative COVID-19

Bills and Other Legislative Matters (concerning COVID-19):

LD 2167: There are two sections that directly impact utilities in Maine. There are other sections dealing with unemployment, insurance, and general issues that will also impact utilities however have not been included below.

 

Part H:

ยง403-A. Public proceedings through remote access during declaration of state of 8 emergency due to COVID-19 1. Remote access. Notwithstanding any provision of law or municipal charter  provision or ordinance to the contrary, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a body subject to this subchapter may conduct a public proceeding through telephonic, video, electronic or other similar means of remote participation under the following conditions: 
A. Notice of the public proceeding has been given in accordance with section 406,  and the notice includes the method by which the public may attend in accordance with paragraph C;  
B. Each member of the body who is participating in the public proceeding is able to  hear and speak to all the other members during the public proceeding and members of the public attending the public proceeding in the location identified in the notice given pursuant to paragraph A are able to hear all members participating at other 22 locations; 
C. The body determines that participation by the public is through telephonic, video, electronic or other similar means of remote participation; and 
D. All votes taken during the public proceeding are taken by roll call vote.   

Part H:

(13) During a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with this section due to the outbreak of COVID-19:
(b) In consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, suspend the termination of residential electricity and water services during the period of emergency and up to 60 days after the state of emergency is terminated;

Section G discusses the ability of public entities to meet remotely (telephone, video, electronic, or other similar means) during the state of emergency and 30 days after it has ended. The official language is below but the major points are:
The public must be notified of when and how the meeting will be taking place.
Each member must be able to hear every other member and must be able to speak
The body determines the participation public through remote participation.
All votes must be taken by calling the roll. 

Part H, Section 13, B. states that the Governor, in consultation with the PUC will suspend the termination of residential electric and water services during the state of emergency and 60 days after.


 

The Maine State Legislature considered bills on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 before adjourning due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The adjournment will continue until it is determined safe for the legislators to return.

Please note that all pending legislation will be carried over.

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