Public Laws

124th Legislature

Second Regular Session


Parts: A B C D E F G H I J

Chapter 645

H.P. 1313 - L.D. 1826

PART C

Sec. C-1. PL 2009, c. 414, Pt. D, §1  is amended to read:

Sec. D-1. Authorization of bonds. The Treasurer of State is authorized, under the direction of the Governor, to issue bonds in the name and on behalf of the State in an amount not exceeding $33,500,000 $26,500,000 for the purposes described in section 6 of this Part. The bonds are a pledge of the full faith and credit of the State. The bonds may not run for a period longer than 10 years from the date of the original issue of the bonds. At the discretion of the Treasurer of State, with the approval of the Governor, any issuance of bonds may contain a call feature.

Sec. C-2. PL 2009, c. 414, Pt. D, §5,  as amended by PL 2009, c. 571, Pt. PP, §1, is further amended to read:

Sec. D-5. Disbursement of bond proceeds. The proceeds of the bonds must be expended as set out in this Part under the direction and supervision of the Public Utilities Commission, the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Community College System.

Sec. C-3. PL 2009, c. 414, Pt. D, §6,  as amended by PL 2009, c. 571, Pt. PP, §2, is further amended to read:

Sec. D-6. Allocations from General Fund bond issue. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds authorized under this Part must be expended as designated in the following schedule.

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Public Utilities Commission
Provides funds for weatherization and energy efficiency programs for low and middle income households and small businesses. If the energy efficiency programs of the commission are transferred to another entity established by the Legislature, the commission shall transfer all unexpended funds to that entity. $12,000,000
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM
University of Maine System
Provides funds for energy and infrastructure upgrades at all campuses of the University of Maine System. $9,500,000
MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
Maine Community College System
Provides funds for energy and infrastructure upgrades at all campuses of the Maine Community College System. $5,000,000
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY
Maine Maritime Academy
Provides funds for energy and infrastructure upgrades at the Maine Maritime Academy. $1,000,000
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM
Maine Marine Wind Energy Demonstration Site Fund
Provides funds for research, development and product innovation associated with developing one or more ocean wind energy demonstration sites. It also provides funding for robotics equipment to accelerate wind energy components manufacturing in the State. The funds will leverage $24,500,000 in other funds. $6,000,000 $11,000,000

Sec. C-4. PL 2009, c. 414, Pt. D, §10  is amended to read:

Sec. D-10. Referendum for ratification; submission at election; form of question; effective date. This Part must be submitted to the legal voters of the State at a statewide election held in June 2010 following passage of this Act. The municipal officers of this State shall notify the inhabitants of their respective cities, towns and plantations to meet, in the manner prescribed by law for holding a statewide election, to vote on the acceptance or rejection of this Part by voting on the following question:

"Do you favor a $33,500,000 bond issue to provide for investments in weatherization and energy efficiency projects; for infrastructure and energy efficiency upgrades at campuses of the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy; and for the creation of a fund to develop one or more ocean wind energy demonstration sites?" "Do you favor a $26,500,000 bond issue that will create jobs through investment in an off-shore wind energy demonstration site and related manufacturing to advance Maine's energy independence from imported foreign oil, that will leverage $24,500,000 in federal and other funds and for energy improvements at campuses of the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy in order to make facilities more efficient and less costly to operate?"

The legal voters of each city, town and plantation shall vote by ballot on this question and designate their choice by a cross or check mark placed within a corresponding square below the word "Yes" or "No." The ballots must be received, sorted, counted and declared in open ward, town and plantation meetings and returns made to the Secretary of State in the same manner as votes for members of the Legislature. The Governor shall review the returns. If a majority of the legal votes are cast in favor of this Part, the Governor shall proclaim the result without delay and this Part becomes effective 30 days after the date of the proclamation.

The Secretary of State shall prepare and furnish to each city, town and plantation all ballots, returns and copies of this Part necessary to carry out the purposes of this referendum.

Office of the Revisor of Statutes
State House, Room 108
Augusta, ME 04333