H.P. 478 - L.D. 618
An Act to Remove State Road Signs with Offensive Names from Interstate Route 95 and the Maine Turnpike
Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, a sign posted on the Maine Turnpike contains an offensive and incorrect name and must be removed immediately; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 1 MRSA §1102, as enacted by PL 1977, c. 259, §1, is repealed and the following is enacted in its place:
§1102. Offensive names prohibited
1. Place in State may not have offensive name. A place in this State may not have or be given an offensive name.
2. Sign on interstate highway or Maine Turnpike may not contain offensive name. A sign placed by the State on an interstate highway or the Maine Turnpike may not contain an offensive name.
Sec. 2. 23 MRSA §1201, sub-§13, as repealed and replaced by PL 1977, c. 154, is amended to read:
13. Moosehead Lake Region. Such sign
shall must be constructed and maintained on the Maine Turnpike at the first reasonable opportunity northerly from the York exit and shall must be worded as follows:
Moosehead Lake Region --
Squaw Big Moose Mountain -- 4 1/2 hours;
Sec. 3. Commissioner of Transportation and Executive Director of Maine Turnpike Authority shall replace signs. The Commissioner of Transportation shall replace any sign on an interstate highway other than a sign that is located on the Maine Turnpike that is in violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1102 with a sign that contains proper place names no later than 30 days after the effective date of this Act. The Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority shall replace a sign located on the Maine Turnpike that is in violation of Title 1, section 1102 with a sign that contains proper place names no later than 30 days after the effective date of this Act.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.
Effective May 23, 2001.
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