An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Littering on Public Lands
Sec. 1. 17 MRSA §2264-B, sub-§5, as amended by PL 2007, c. 651, §21, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. Review and evaluation of the litter control laws. The Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety shall review the State’s litter control laws regarding the dumping of waste material or unwanted objects on public and private property without the permission of the landowner, including, but not limited to, the history of those litter control laws, the effectiveness of those laws in preventing such dumping and the prosecutorial statistics for those responsible for such dumping. The committee shall determine changes needed to the litter control laws, in particular the penalty structure, to reduce the occurrence of people dumping waste material or unwanted objects on public and private property without the permission of the landowner, which has become more frequent, resulting in significant disposal costs for landowners and driving private landowners to post their property. The committee shall also seek to increase the rates of successful prosecution of those responsible for such dumping. The Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature regarding this matter.