Maine Revised Statutes

§341-H. Departmental rulemaking

The department may adopt, amend or repeal rules and emergency rules necessary for the interpretation, implementation and enforcement of any provision of law that the department is charged with administering as provided in this section. [2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW).]

1. Rule-making authority of the board.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Title, and except as provided in this subsection, the board shall adopt, amend or repeal only those rules of the department designated as major substantive rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. The board shall also adopt, amend and repeal routine technical rules as necessary for the conduct of the board's business, including the processing of applications, the conduct of hearings and other administrative matters.
[ 2011, c. 538, §1 (AMD) .]
2. Rule-making authority of the commissioner.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Title, the commissioner shall adopt, amend or repeal only those rules of the department that are not designated as major substantive rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
[ 2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW) .]
3. Duties of department.  The department shall:
A. Identify in its regulatory agenda under Title 5, section 8060, when feasible, a proposed rule or provision of a proposed rule that is anticipated to be more stringent than a federal standard, if an applicable federal standard exists; [2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW).]
B. During the consideration of any proposed rule, when feasible, and using information available to it, identify provisions of the proposed rule that the department believes would impose a regulatory burden more stringent than the burden imposed by the federal standard, if such a federal standard exists, and shall explain in a separate section of the basis statement the justification for the difference between the agency rule and the federal standard; and [2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW).]
C. Notwithstanding Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2 or 2-A, the department shall accept and consider additional public comment on a proposed rule following the close of the formal rule-making comment period at a meeting that is not a public hearing only if the additional public comment is directly related to comments received during the formal rule-making comment period or is in response to changes to the proposed rule. Public notice of the meeting must comply with Title 1, section 406 and must state that the department will accept additional public comment on the proposed rule at that meeting. [2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW) .]
4. Legislative review of a rule.  If a rule adopted by the department is the subject of a request for legislative review of a rule under Title 5, chapter 377-A, the Executive Director of the Legislative Council shall immediately notify the department of that request and of the legislative committee's decision under that chapter on whether or not to review the rule.
[ 2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §14 (NEW). 2011, c. 538, §1 (AMD).

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