‘Sec. 1. 5 MRSA Pt. 31 is enacted to read:
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE PROGRAMS
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMS
§ 25001. Short title
This chapter may be known and cited as "the Responsible Refugee Resettlement Act."
§ 25002. Definitions
For the purposes of this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 25003. Withdrawal from refugee resettlement program
State and local government agencies are not authorized to participate in the federal refugee resettlement program as created by the United States Congress pursuant to the Refugee Act of 1980, Public Law 96-212.
§ 25004. Refugee resettlement liability
A nongovernmental entity that provides refugee resettlement services in this State after January 1, 2018 may be held liable for damages in a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction if the entity resettles a refugee who subsequently commits an act of terrorism in this State and the entity knew or should have known that such an act of terrorism was likely or imminent.
§ 25005. Eligibility for tax exemption
To maintain eligibility for state or local tax exemptions, a nongovernmental entity that provides resettlement services in this State must annually certify:
§ 25006. Transparency
A nongovernmental entity that provides refugee resettlement services in this State shall submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature that includes the following information:
§ 25007. Implementation
The Commissioner of Health and Human Services shall adopt rules to implement this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules for the purposes of Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
§ 25008. Effective date
This chapter takes effect January 1, 2018.’