An Act To Improve Response to Gas Safety Emergencies
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2394, as amended by PL 1973, c. 632, §4, is further amended to read:
§ 2394. Investigation of fire origin; Attorney General may direct
When property is destroyed or damaged by fire, the municipal fire inspector shall investigate the cause, circumstances and origin of the fire, and especially examine whether it was the result of carelessness or of design. The Attorney General may supervise and direct such investigation whenever he deems it the Attorney General determines it to be expedient or necessary. If arson is suspected, such the municipal fire inspector shall immediately notify the State Fire Marshal or an inspector of his office the Office of the State Fire Marshal, who shall cause a full investigation thereof to be conducted. The State Fire Marshal and his agents or employees shall have the authority to of the Office of the State Fire Marshal may investigate or cause to be investigated any fire or explosion within the State.
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §117, sub-§3, as corrected by RR 2009, c. 2, §98, is amended to read:
(1) In the form of a direct payment or credit to the customers or group or class of customers affected or potentially affected by the violation resulting in the administrative penalty;
(2) To supplement a low-income assistance or outreach program that the commission determines would benefit customers affected or potentially affected by the violation resulting in the administrative penalty;
(3) To supplement the conservation program fund established pursuant to section 10110, subsection 7;
(4) To supplement the telecommunications education access fund established pursuant to section 7104-B; or
(5) To supplement any other program or fund that the commission determines would benefit customers affected or potentially affected by the violation.
Amounts applied pursuant to this paragraph to supplement an existing program or fund may not result in a reduction in other funding provided for the program or fund unless the reduction is outside the commission's control and the commission finds that application of the penalty amount to the fund or program is the most appropriate use of the penalty and the net effect will be an increase in total funding available to the program or fund.
In any final order issued by the commission approving or denying the application of administrative penalties to benefit any person affected or potentially affected by the violation, the commission shall make specific findings of fact supporting the commission's decision, including findings supporting any amount the commission approves as well as findings supporting the commission's denial of amounts requested by any person.
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §4712 is enacted to read:
§ 4712. Gas emergency response