An Act To Amend the Fluoridation Laws To Provide for Customer Choice
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2653, as amended by PL 1987, c. 122, §2, is further amended to read:
§ 2653. Authorization of fluoridation; general provisions
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §2654, sub-§1, as amended by PL 1991, c. 824, Pt. A, §43, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §2654, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1987, c. 122, §4, is further amended to read:
A multiple community water system district-wide election shall must take place in each municipality within the district if, on the basis of the certificates, a majority of municipal officers within a majority of the municipalities in the district have called for an election.
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §2655, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 737, Pt. C, §65 and Pt. C, §106 and amended by PL 1989, c. 6; c. 9, §2; and c. 104, Pt. C, §§8 and 10, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §2656, as amended by PL 1987, c. 122, §§7 and 8, is further amended to read:
§ 2656. Elections
(1) It shall The warrant must specify the voting place and the time of opening and closing of polls.
(2) It shall The warrant must specify that the purpose of the election is to determine the following question: "Shall fluoride be added to the public water supply for the intended purpose of reducing tooth decay?"
(3) It shall The warrant must specify that a public hearing will be held by the municipal officers of each municipality at least 10 days before the election date.
(4) It shall The warrant must be signed by a majority of the municipal officers of the municipality and directed personally to a constable or any resident ordering him the constable or resident to announce the election.
(5) The person to whom the warrant is directed shall post an attested copy of it in a conspicuous public place in each voting district of the municipality at least 7 days immediately before the date of the public hearing. He That person shall make a return on the warrant stating the manner of announcement and the time it was given and return the warrant to the municipal officers.
(6) The municipal officers shall then deliver the warrant to the clerk who shall record it.
Current law allows the voters of a single or multiple community water district to vote by municipal election on fluoridating their water supply. This bill allows customers of a public water system to vote on fluoridating their water supply.