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  • Maine House unanimously overturns veto of bill to assist Mainers with disabilities

    The House, on April 2nd, voted unanimously, 146-0, to override the veto of a bill to make it easier for Mainers to get where they need to go. 

    LD 48, An Act to Reduce Registration Fees and Excise Taxes for For-hire Vehicles with Adaptive Equipment Enabling Access by Persons with Disabilities, encourages for-hire vehicles like taxis to invest in adaptive transportation equipment to help people with disabilities travel more easily.

    Rep. Arthur “Archie” Verow, sponsored the bill for the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    “My bill will increase the availability of adaptive transportation equipment,” said Verow.  “Members of our community are struggling to access transportation options that are cost prohibitive or, in the case of for-hire vehicles, not widely available. Easier travel allows people with disabilities to live more independently, access better health care and otherwise improve their lives.”

    LD 48 passed unanimously in committee and by unanimous consent in both chambers of the Legislature.

    The veto will also be considered by the Senate.

    Last Wednesday, the House failed to overturn the veto LD 64, An Act to Reduce the Time within Which a Challenge to a Tax Lien Foreclosure May be Filed. The vote of 89-57 fell short of the two-thirds needed to override a veto.

    “This bill would have helped local communities address the problem of abandoned property that is vulnerable to vandalism, squatters and fire hazards,” said Verow, the bill’s sponsor. “It would have provided fairness to owners, buyers and the larger community of property taxpayers who benefit when abandoned property is returned to the tax rolls.”

     

    LD 64 also won unanimous committee support and had been passed by the Legislature with unanimous consent.