AUGUSTA – A bill has been proposed that would require short-term lodging to be licensed by the state.
The measure would require state residents who rent out their properties for short-term stays to follow the same rules as owners of hotels, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts.
The only exception would be those who rent to vacationers for more than seven days.
The bill has sparked spirited debate. It will now go to committee where lawmakers will decide if it should be submitted it to the full legislature.