Maine Revised Statutes

§9882. Withdrawal, default, termination and judicial enforcement--Article 12

1. Withdrawal.  Once effective, the compact continues in force and remains binding upon each compacting state. A compacting state may withdraw from the compact by enacting a statute specifically repealing the statute that enacted the compact into law. The effective date of withdrawal is the effective date of the repeal of the compact. The withdrawing state shall immediately notify the chair of the interstate commission in writing upon the introduction of legislation repealing this compact in the withdrawing state. The interstate commission shall notify the other compacting states of the withdrawing state's intent to withdraw within 60 days of its receipt of the withdrawal notice. The withdrawing state is responsible for all assessments, obligations and liabilities incurred through the effective date of withdrawal, including any obligations the performance of which extends beyond the effective date of withdrawal. Reinstatement following withdrawal of any compacting state occurs on the withdrawing state's reenactment of the compact or upon a later date determined by the interstate commission.
[ 2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Default.  If the interstate commission determines that any compacting state has at any time defaulted in the performance of any of its obligations or responsibilities under this compact, the bylaws or any duly promulgated rules, the interstate commission may impose any or all of the following penalties:
A. Fines, fees and costs in such amounts as are determined to be reasonable as fixed by the interstate commission; [2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW).]
B. Remedial training and technical assistance as directed by the interstate commission; and [2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW).]
C. Suspension and termination of membership in the compact. Suspension is imposed only after all other reasonable means of securing compliance under the bylaws and rules have been exhausted. Immediate notice of suspension must be given by the interstate commission to the governor, the chief justice or chief judicial officer of the state; the majority and minority leaders of the defaulting state's legislature; and the state council. The grounds for default include, but are not limited to, failure of a compacting state to perform the obligations or responsibilities imposed upon it by this compact, interstate commission bylaws or duly promulgated rules. The interstate commission shall immediately notify the defaulting state in writing of the penalty imposed by the interstate commission on the defaulting state pending a resolution of the default. The interstate commission shall stipulate the conditions and the time period within which the defaulting state shall resolve its default. If the defaulting state fails to resolve the default within the time period specified by the interstate commission, in addition to any other penalties imposed in this section the defaulting state may be terminated from the compact upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the compacting states and all rights, privileges and benefits conferred by this compact are terminated from the effective date of suspension.
Within 60 days of the effective date of termination of a defaulting state, the interstate commission shall notify the governor, the chief justice or chief judicial officer; the majority and minority leaders of the defaulting state's legislature; and the state council of such termination.
The defaulting state is responsible for all assessments, obligations and liabilities incurred through the effective date of termination, including any obligations the performance of which extends beyond the effective date of termination.
The interstate commission may not bear any costs relating to the defaulting state unless otherwise mutually agreed upon between the interstate commission and the defaulting state.
Reinstatement following termination of any compacting state requires both a reenactment of the compact by the defaulting state's legislature and the approval of the interstate commission pursuant to the rules. [2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Judicial enforcement.  The interstate commission may, by majority vote of the members, initiate legal action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or, at the discretion of the interstate commission, in the federal district court where the interstate commission has its offices to enforce compliance with the provisions of the compact, its duly promulgated rules and its bylaws against any compacting state in default. In the event judicial enforcement is necessary, the prevailing party must be awarded all costs of such litigation, including reasonable attorney's fees.
[ 2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW) .]
4. Dissolution of compact.  The compact dissolves upon the date of the withdrawal or default of the compacting state that reduces membership in the compact to one compacting state. Upon the dissolution of this compact, the compact becomes void and has no further effect. The business and affairs of the interstate commission must be wound up and surplus funds must be distributed in accordance with the bylaws.
[ 2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 495, §1 (NEW).

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