Laws & Rules

Administrative Procedure Act (State Rule-making)

In response to a decades-long concern about regulatory activity, the federal government and many other states have adopted administrative procedure acts. The intent has been to improve public access to agency decision-making and to increase awareness of agency rules.

The Maine Administrative Procedure Act (A.P.A.) may be found in statute at 5 MRSA sec. 8001 through 11116 -- see Chapters 375, 377, and 377-A. The core legislation was enacted at the First Session of the 108th Legislature, with some amendments since. It applies uniform requirements to state agencies with rule-making power, and sets minimum standards for agencies to follow in adopting and implementing rules.

The Maine Administrative Procedure Act has also been affected by Executive Order 20 11/12.

Very generally, the A.P.A. establishes a uniform, comprehensive set of procedures covering:

  • The administrative actions of state agencies, including rule-making, advisory rulings, adjudicatory proceedings, and licensing; and
  • Judicial review of those actions.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has the following proposed rule at this time:

94-591 Motor Carrier Review Board
Chapter 1 Bylaws of the Maine Motor Carrier Review Board
Chapter 2 The process for the selection and review of motor carriers with significant and repeated safety violations
Chapter 3 Hearing Procedures

29-250 Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Chapter 157 The Administration of Over Dimension and Overweight Permits

Chapter 159 Rules Governing the administration of the permanent and semipermanent semitrailer registration programs

Updated 12/28/17