H.P. 295 - L.D. 359
Resolve, to Establish a Study Group to Assess the Needs of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Ensure Prompt, Effective Response to the Public's Fire Safety Needs
Sec. 1. Study group established. Resolved: That the Commissioner of Public Safety shall convene a study group to review and consider improvements to the role of the Office of the State Fire Marshal in becoming more responsive to the public and in providing better service to the public. Specifically, the study group shall review the current resources, services provided, issues of concern, funding and the law enforcement role of the Office of the State Fire Marshal within the Department of Public Safety; and be it further
Sec. 2. Membership. Resolved: That the study group consists of the Commissioner of Public Safety or the commissioner's designee; the State Fire Marshal; one representative from the Fire Investigations Division within the Office of the State Fire Marshal appointed by the State Fire Marshal; one representative from the Inspections Division within Administrative Services of the Department of Public Safety appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety; one certified firefighter appointed by the Governor; one representative of the fire insurance industry appointed by the Governor; one member from the Maine Prosecutors Association appointed from among its members; one member of the law enforcement community appointed by the Maine Chiefs of Police Association; 4 fire chiefs, 2 from the Northern Division and 2 from the Southern Division, appointed by the Executive Board of the Maine Fire Chiefs Association and one Legislator representing the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice appointed jointly by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House; and be it further
Sec. 3. Convening of study group. Resolved: That the Chair of the Legislative Council shall call the first meeting of the study group between the 30th and 45th days following the effective date of this resolve. A quorum is a majority of the members; and be it further
Sec. 4. Selection of chair. Resolved: That the study group shall select a chair from among the members at the first meeting; and be it further
Sec. 5. Staffing. Resolved: That the Department of Public Safety shall provide staffing and clerical support to the study group; and be it further
Sec. 6. Compensation. Resolved: That the members of the study group serve without per diem or expenses; and be it further
Sec. 7. Report. Resolved: That the study group shall submit its report to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice by March 1, 1998. If the study group requires an extension, it may apply to the Legislative Council, which may grant the extension.
Unless otherwise indicated, effective June 26, 1997.
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