An Act Regarding the Application Fees and Inspection Fees Associated with the Provision of Amusement Rides
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, maintaining the safety of amusement rides operated in this State is crucial to public safety and the economic viability of events that use amusement rides; and
Whereas, annual inspections of amusement rides by the Office of the State Fire Marshal is key to ensuring their structural integrity; and
Whereas, the Legislature needs to enact properly structured inspection fees to ensure the Office of the State Fire Marshal can continue to conduct amusement ride inspections in a timely and cost-efficient manner; and
Whereas, amusement rides will begin operating in the summer, which is prior to 90 days after adjournment of the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature; 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,
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §471, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 148, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §472, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 148, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA §473, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 148, §1, is amended to read:
§ 473. Amusement ride inspection fee
The amusement ride inspection fee is $75 $100 per inspector per hour with a minimum charge of $75 amusement ride identified in an inspection application submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal pursuant to section 472, subsection 6. The applicant must pay the $100 inspection fee for each amusement ride identified in the application, even if an amusement ride identified in the application is not available for inspection at the time the Office of the State Fire Marshal conducts its inspection. The applicant must pay an additional $100 per amusement ride each time an amusement ride inspector must return to inspect a ride that was identified in the application but was not available for inspection during the prior inspection.
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA §475, sub-§§3 and 4, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 148, §1, are amended to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.