An Act To Protect Owners of Private Property against Trespass
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, approximately 90% of the land used by the public for outdoor recreational activities is privately owned; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect prior to the next hunting season to enhance landowner relations; 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. 12 MRSA §11227, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 70, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §11228 is enacted to read:
§ 11228. Hunting with dogs
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11301, sub-§1, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §156 and affected by §422, is further amended to read:
A person may not use bait to hunt or trap black bear without the oral or written permission of the landowner.
Sec. 4. 17-A MRSA §402, sub-§4, ¶B, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 529, §2, is amended to read:
(1) Each line must be a minimum of 2 inches high and at least as long as the width of the object, but need not be more than 8 inches long.
(2) Lines must be painted on the side of the tree, post or other object that is visible to a person approaching the restricted property and must be painted within an area 3 feet to 6 feet above ground level.
(3) The paint must be silver or aluminum colored.
This paragraph is repealed September 12, 2012.
Sec. 5. 17-A MRSA §402, sub-§4, ¶B-1 is enacted to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.