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Proposals to Terminate the Maine Turnpike Authority
Last updated: December 2020

Introduction

The Maine Turnpike Authority was created 1941 (P&SL 1941, c. 69) as an independent state agency given the authority to construct and operate a turnpike "from some point at or near Kittery to a point at or near Fort Kent." PL 1981, c. 492 repealed parts of the 1941 legislation and codified the Turnpike Authority's enabling legislation in 23 MRS §311 et seq. These statutes were repealed by PL 1981, c. 595, and the current statutes are codified in 23 MRS §1961 et seq.  

P&SL 1941, c. 69, §16 (repealed) and 23 MRS §1978 provide a mechanism for dissolution of the Turnpike Authority. There have also been numerous proposals to terminate the Authority, merge its duties and operations with the Department of Transportation, or to create a new agency by combining both entities.
This legislative history covers these attempts as well as changes to P&SL 1941, c. 69, §16.  For information about the creation and widening of the Maine Turnpike Authority, see the law library’s legislative history on this topic.


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Year LD Amendments Final Disposition Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1959 LD 575

AN ACT Relating to Issuance of Bonds of and Termination of Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. N/A N/A
1963 LD 106

AN ACT Relating to Issuance of Bonds of and Termination of Maine Turnpike Authority
Proposed amendment:

H-92
P&SL 1963, c. 76, §2 House, March 6, 1963
p. 572-578

House, March 7, 1963
p. 598-603
Report:  Committee on Transportation report on its study of "The feasibility of the Maine Turnpike Authority issuing commuter-type tickets at a reduced cost to regular users of non-commercial vehicles, residing in the area, who for reasons of necessity frequently use the Maine turnpike" (Mar. 1974) N/A
1971 SP 205

Joint Order Relative to Special Joint Select Committee to study Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A Leave to withdraw Senate, February 17, 1971
p. 423
N/A N/A
1971 SP 291

Joint Order Relative to Joint Select Committee to Study Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A Passed No debate. Report:  Report on Maine Turnpike Authority to the One Hundred and Sixth Legislature (Jan. 1973) N/A
1971 LD 1489

AN ACT Relating to the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP Senate, June 8, 1971
p. 3749-3756

House, June 9, 1971
p. 3759-3766

House, June 10, 1971
p. 3866-3871
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1973 LD 1658

AN ACT Relating to the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A Leave to withdraw Senate, June 1, 1973
p. 3645-3646
N/A N/A
1977 HP 1830

Joint Order Relative to Transportation Committee studying the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A Indefinitely postponed Senate, July 11, 1977
p. 2426
Report:  Report of the Committee on Transportation on its study of the future administration and operation of the Maine Turnpike (Jan. 1978) N/A
1977 LD 388

AN ACT Relating to the Maine Turnpike Authority
Proposed amendments:

H-734     S-385    
H-735    
H-743
H-881    
S-371
Died between houses House, June 27, 1977
p. 2041

House, June 29, 1977
p. 2138-2144

House, June 30, 1977
p. 2210

Senate, July 7, 1977
p. 2319-2324

Senate, July 7, 1977
p. 2338-2340

House, July 8, 1977
p. 2351-2358

Senate, July 8, 1977
p. 2372-2373
Report:  Report of the Committee on Transportation on its study of the future administration and operation of the Maine Turnpike (Jan. 1978)

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N/A
1978 LD 2125

An Act Relating to the Maine Turnpike Authority

OTP-ND:
LD 2157
Enacted with amendments:

H-1096
S-511
PL 1977, c. 658, §9 House, February 24, 1978
p. 324-325

House, February 27, 1978
p. 352-356

Senate, February 28, 1978
p. 387

Senate, March 1, 1978
p. 417-418

Senate, March 2, 1978
p. 438

House, March 6, 1978
p. 456-459

Senate, March 7, 1978
p. 481-483
Report:  Report of the Committee on Transportation on its study of the future administration and operation of the Maine Turnpike (Jan. 1978)

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N/A
1978 LD 2126

AN ACT Concerning the Administration and Operation of the Maine Turnpike
N/A ONTP No debate. Report:  Report of the Committee on Transportation on its study of the future administration and operation of the Maine Turnpike (Jan. 1978)

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N/A
1981 LD 932

An Act to Continue the Maine Turnpike Authority

ONTP-ND:
LD 1676
Proposed amendments:

S-309
S-338
H-531
H-548
H-551
Indefinitely postponed Senate, June 2, 1981
p. 1469-1473

House, June 3, 1981
p. 1499-1504

Senate, June 3, 1981
p. 1516-1517

Senate, June 3, 1981
p. 1521-1522

House, June 9, 1981
p. 1529

Senate, June 9, 1981
p. 1560-1563

Senate, June 10, 1981
p. 1612
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1981 LD 1691

An Act to Make Allocations from the Highway Fund and Appropriations from the General Fund for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 1982, and June 30, 1983, to Establish a Local Road Assistance Program, to Continue the Maine Turnpike Authority and to Adjust Highway Fund Revenue
N/A PL 1981, c. 492, §§D-1, D-8 House, June 19, 1981
p. 1669

Senate, June 19, 1981
p. 1674-1676

Senate, June 19, 1981
p. 1679-1680

House, February 10, 1982
p. 81
Report:  Implementation Plan for the Maine Turnpike (Feb. 1982)

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1982 LD 2064

An Act to Amend the Maine Turnpike Authority Statutes
Enacted with amendment:

H-648
PL 1981, c. 595, §§2, 3, 5 House, March 15, 1982
p. 274

Senate, March 18, 1982
p. 290-291
Report:  Implementation Plan for the Maine Turnpike (Feb. 1982)

Report:  Maine Turnpike Authority. Legislative Report: Fifth Semi-Annual Report (Feb. 1990)

Report:  Maine Turnpike Authority. Legislative Report: Sixth Semi-Annual Report (Sept. 1990)

Report:  Maine Turnpike Authority. Report to the Maine State Legislature Transportation Comm.: Reporting Period January 1992 - June 1992 (Dec. 1992)
Yes
1988 LD 2082

AN ACT to Abolish the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
1992 LD 2426

An Act to Create the Maine Transportation Authority As the Successor Agency to the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1997 LD 1422

An Act to Abolish the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1999 LD 202

An Act to Abolish the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1999 LD 647

An Act to Eliminate Tolls, from the Maine Turnpike, Abolish the Turnpike Authority and Adjust Taxes on Automotive Fuel
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
1999 LD 1600

Resolve, to Transfer the Functions and Responsibilities of the Maine Turnpike Authority to the Department of Transportation
N/A Indefinitely postponed Senate, April 5, 1999
p. S-498-S-499
N/A Yes
2001 LD 933

Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study Abolishing the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2001 LD 1671

Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study Combining the Resources of the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Department of Transportation
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2009 LD 664

Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority To Find Efficiencies in the Maine Transportation System
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2011 LD 208

Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Examine the Maine Turnpike
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2013 LD 588

An Act To Abolish the Maine Turnpike Authority and Transfer Its Functions and Duties to the Department of Transportation
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2017 LD 1617

An Act To Initiate the Process of Terminating the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2018 LD 1890

An Act To Streamline the Management of Maine's Transportation Infrastructure by Initiating the Process of Terminating the Maine Turnpike Authority
N/A Indefinitely postponed No debate. N/A Yes