Post by High Priestess on Sept 20, 2015 23:53:27 GMT
Peter5 months ago
Plan to regulate Airbnb might lead to total deregulation in Maine
"A bill proposed to amend the state’s innkeeper regulations and require that
space-sharing rentals submit to licensing has drawn a huge public backlash. Now, some lawmakers – most notably, Gov. Paul LePage – are mulling proposals to move in a very different direction."
"There might, indeed, still be a way to create the 'level playing field'
the bill’s sponsors say they want, but it is likely to look very
different from the one for which the Maine Innkeepers Association is
agitating. Gov. LePage not only would veto the current bill if it were
presented to him, adviser Holly Lusk told the assembled hearing, but he
is preparing a plan to completely remove licensing requirements for
lodging facilities across the state."
for R Street article.
My two cents: It's often instructive to see how other states and cities are dealing with short-term rentals. I find this story from Maine to be very
inspiring. It shows what the Hosting community can do when they come
together and make their voices heard. In this case, they were able to
block the passage of an anti-home sharing law and get the government to
take on a completely different approach.