An Act Regarding Conveyance of Easements across Railroad Rights-of-way
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §6209, sub-§6, as amended by PL 1993, c. 728, §13, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 5 MRSA §6209, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
For the purposes of this subsection, "rail trail" means a former railroad right-of-way in which the Department of Conservation holds an ownership interest and that is:
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §598, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 639, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §598, sub-§5, as amended by PL 1997, c. 678, §7, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §1814-A is enacted to read:
§ 1814-A. Easements across rail trails
To the extent permitted by the deed or other instrument of ownership, the director, with the consent of the Governor and the commissioner, may sell or otherwise convey a right of access by easement across a rail trail as provided in this section. For the purposes of this section, "rail trail" means a former railroad right-of-way that is no longer used for rail service, in which the department has an ownership interest and that is managed by the department for use as a recreational trail.
When a request for legislative review is received under this subsection, the director may not finalize the transfer until the legislative committee has met and reviewed the proposed transaction.