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A senior health policy adviser for Gov. Paul LePage said the governor opposes a bill that would require state inspections for short-term home rentals that appear on websites like Airbnb, according to the Bangor Daily News. The bill would make such homes comply with regulations that must be followed by Maine's lodging businesses. LePage's adviser said the governor would instead prefer to level the playing field by removing licensing requirements for all lodging businesses, though such a proposal probably won't be seen until next legislative session. Under current state law, lodging businesses must meet several state standards, including for fire safety, plumbing and ventilation, to receive a license.
Should inspections be required for lodging businesses?