weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Joseph W. Mayo, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXV, No. 3

Monday, January 25, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
January 14, 1999

Ch. 1 - An Act to Clarify Laws Relating to the Acceptance of Gifts of Intellectual and Other Property by the State. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 30, L.D. 44)

Ch. 2 - An Act to Amend the State Compensation Commission Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 29, L.D. 43)

Ch. 3 - An Act to Delay the Implementation until October 1, 1999 of Public Law 1997, Chapter 793, "An Act to Provide for Confidentiality of Health Care Information". (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 359, L.D. 503)

(Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 126, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta,, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1999

L.D. 503, H.P. 359
An Act to Delay the Implementation until October 1, 1999 of Public Law 1997, Chapter 793, "An Act to Provide for Confidentiality of Health Care Information". (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to H.P. 270.)

L.D. 504, S.P. 167
An Act to Correct Inequities in Lobster and Crab Fishing Licensure Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 505, S.P. 168
An Act to Exempt Free Clinics from Payment of Pharmaceutical Registration Fees. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 506, S.P. 169
An Act to Extend the Department of Labor Contribution Rate Table. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 507, S.P. 170
An Act to Allow Municipalities to Advertise Legal Notices in Weekly Newspapers. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 508, S.P. 171
An Act to Exempt Clothing from the Sales Tax. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 509, S.P. 172
An Act to Promote Highway Safety. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 510, H.P. 379
An Act to Favor Maine Companies in Awarding Bids. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 511, H.P. 380
An Act to Increase the Amount Below Which Counties Do Not Need to Solicit Bids for Purchases. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 512, H.P. 381
An Act to Increase the Length of Probation for a Person Convicted of Domestic Violence. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 513, H.P. 382
An Act to Require Resident Moose Lottery Applicants to Hold Big Game Hunting Licenses. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 514, H.P. 383
An Act to Restrict a Landowner's Right to Kill Nuisance Animals. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 515, H.P. 384
An Act to Provide Additional Health Care Options to Disabled Persons and the Elderly. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 516, H.P. 385
An Act to Restore and Improve Family Planning and Pregnancy Prevention Services. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 517, H.P. 386
An Act to Amend the School Funding Formula by Taking Sales Tax into Account. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 518, H.P. 387
Resolve, to Build Interchanges from the Maine Turnpike to Lincoln and Grove Streets in Lewiston. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 519, H.P. 388
An Act to Eliminate the Local Property Tax on Homes for Individuals 65 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Representative TRIPP of Topsham)

L.D. 520, H.P. 389
An Act to Increase the Number of Moose Hunting Permits to 3,000. (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 521, H.P. 390
An Act to Decrease the Mahogany Quahog Tax from $1.20 per Bushel to $.40 per Bushel. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 522, H.P. 391
An Act to Regulate the Harvesting of Rockweed and Seaweed in Maine Waters. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 523, H.P. 392
An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission Relating to Child Welfare Services for Indian Children. (Submitted by the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission pursuant to Resolve 1997, chapter 45, section 3.)

L.D. 524, H.P. 393
An Act to Reauthorize and Expand the Special Archery Season on Deer. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Eliot)

L.D. 525, H.P. 394
An Act to Establish Recall Provisions for Elected County and Municipal Officials. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 526, H.P. 395
Resolve, Creating the Commission to Study Economic Development Opportunities for Lewiston and Auburn. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 527, H.P. 396
An Act to Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2000. (Submitted by the Maine Turnpike Authority pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 23, section 1961, subsection 6.)

L.D. 528, H.P. 397
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Study the Need for an Ombudsman for the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Relating to the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. (Submitted by the Task Force to Study the Need for an Ombudsman for the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services pursuant to Resolve 1997, chapter 120.)

L.D. 529, S.P. 173
An Act Regarding Retainage on Major State and School Construction Projects. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 530, S.P. 176
An Act to Require the State to Pay the Salaries of Sheriffs and County Jail Employees. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 531, S.P. 177
An Act to Require External Review of Coverage Decisions by Health Plans. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 532, S.P. 178
An Act to Limit Children's Access to Firearms. (Presented by Senator RAND of Cumberland)

L.D. 533, S.P. 179
An Act to Prohibit the State from Competing with Private Industry. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 534, S.P. 180
An Act to Bring Equity to the Vehicle Excise Tax. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 535, S.P. 181
An Act Regarding Burial at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 536, S.P. 182
An Act to Improve Wild Game Transportation Laws. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 537, S.P. 183
An Act to Appropriate Money to Extend Water Lines to Families in Gorham Whose Wells Were Polluted by Highway Construction Activity. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 538, S.P. 184
Resolve, to Ensure Equity in Public Land Acquisitions. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 539, S.P. 185
An Act to Establish a Citizen Road Watch Program. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 540, H.P. 398
Resolve, Authorizing the Transfer of Certain State Historic Site Property. (Presented by Representative SKOGLUND of St. George)

L.D. 541, H.P. 399
An Act to Clarify the Jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission with Regard to Wireless Carriers. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 542, H.P. 400
An Act to Increase the Income Eligibility Limits for the Elderly Low Cost Drug Program. (Presented by Representative FRECHETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 543, H.P. 401
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Purchase of Liquor by Commercial Entities. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 544, H.P. 402
An Act to Value Homestead Exemption Farm Land at Current Use. (Presented by Representative GREEN of Monmouth)

L.D. 545, H.P. 403
An Act to Increase the Homestead Tax Exemption. (Presented by Representative LOVETT of Scarborough)

L.D. 546, H.P. 404
An Act to Exempt Certain Law Enforcement Officers from the Full Course of Training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 547, H.P. 405
An Act to Restore Advocacy Services for Children with Disabilities. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 548, H.P. 406
An Act to Appropriate Funds for Conservation at the Local Level. (Presented by Representative KNEELAND of Easton)

L.D. 549, H.P. 407
An Act to Fund Maine Agricultural Education Programs. (Presented by Representative KNEELAND of Easton)

L.D. 550, H.P. 408
An Act to Ensure a Continuum of Proper Medical Care for Prisoners with Mental Disabilities or Mental Illness. (Presented by Representative MacDOUGALL of North Berwick)

L.D. 551, H.P. 409
An Act to Amend the Lien Enforcement Procedure for the Topsham Sewer District. (Presented by Representative TRIPP of Topsham)

L.D. 552, H.P. 410
An Act to Change the Minimum Time for Issuing a Temporary Registered Gross Weight Increase from 2 Months to One Month. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Bridgewater)

L.D. 553, H.P. 411
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Kennebec Water District. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 554, H.P. 412
An Act to Provide Affordable Computer-based Information Networks. (Presented by Representative SAMSON of Jay)

L.D. 555, H.P. 413
Resolve, to Require the Department of Labor to Establish a Living Wage. (Presented by Representative TWOMEY of Biddeford)

L.D. 556, H.P. 414
An Act Concerning Rules of the Road Governing Traffic Rotaries. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 557, H.P. 415
An Act to Prohibit the Surveillance of the Interior of Dressing Rooms. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 558, H.P. 416
An Act to Clarify the Membership of the Somerset County Budget Committee. (Presented by Representative JONES of Pittsfield)

L.D. 559, H.P. 417
An Act to Prohibit the University of Maine System from Financially Supporting Greek Organizations. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 560, H.P. 418
An Act to Promote Ballot Clarity. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 561, H.P. 419
An Act to Allow Persons 65 Years of Age and Older to Shoot a Deer of Either Sex. (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Union)

L.D. 562, H.P. 420
An Act Concerning Consecutive Sentencing. (Presented by Representative ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 563, H.P. 421
An Act to Create Accountability for Money Spent on Auto Insurance for Participants in the TANF Program. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 564, H.P. 422
An Act to Exempt Donnell Pond and Tunk Lake from Personal Watercraft Prohibition. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lamoine)

L.D. 565, H.P. 423
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $30,000,000 for Infrastructure Improvements for the Maine Technical College System. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 566, H.P. 424
Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Establish a Contractual Obligation for Members of the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Representative GAGNE of Buckfield)

L.D. 567, H.P. 425
An Act to Improve Insurance Company Practices Pertaining to Collision Appraisals. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 568, H.P. 426
An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Conveyance and Reservation of Real Estate. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 569, H.P. 427
An Act to Require Insurance Companies to Cover Cervical Cancer Screening. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 570, H.P. 428
An Act Relating to the Protection of Maine Consumers in the Telecommunications Market. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 571, H.P. 429
An Act to Prohibit Partial-birth Abortion. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 572, H.P. 430
An Act to Amend the Veterans' Property Tax Exemption. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 573, H.P. 431
An Act Relating to the Construction of a Locally Funded Arts and Technology Center in Maine School Administrative District No. 49. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TESSIER of Fairfield)

L.D. 574, H.P. 432
An Act to Repeal the Chemical Substance Identification Law. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 575, H.P. 433
An Act to Provide for Increased Penalties, Enforcement and Education Regarding Dangerous Dogs. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 576, H.P. 434
An Act to Update and Amend the Maine Pharmacy Act. (Presented by Representative CAMERON of Rumford)

L.D. 577, H.P. 435
An Act to Allow Noncommercial Whitewater Rafting Clubs to Submit More than One Amended Membership List in Any Calendar Year. (Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway)

L.D. 578, H.P. 436
An Act to Remove the Percentage Reduction Method from the School Funding Law. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 579, S.P. 186
An Act to Encourage Contributions to Family Development Account Reserve Funds. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 580, S.P. 187
An Act to Clarify the Voting Rights of Persons Residing in Certain Sanitary Districts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 581, S.P. 192
Resolve, to Ensure Proper Funding of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 582, S.P. 193
An Act to Increase Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 583, S.P. 194
An Act to Promote Competition in the State's Liquor Industry. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 584, S.P. 195
An Act to Eliminate the Requirement for an Independent Medical Examination under Certain Circumstances. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 585, S.P. 196
An Act to Appropriate $4,000,000 for School-based Health Clinics. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 586, S.P. 197
An Act to Abolish Apportionment in Workers' Compensation Claims. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 587, S.P. 198
An Act to Ameliorate Penalties for Late Filing of Municipal Tax Returns. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 588, S.P. 199
An Act to Facilitate the Use of Major Credit Cards to Pay Fines, Forfeitures and Fees. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 589, S.P. 200
An Act to Reduce Property Taxes by the State Reimbursing Special Education Costs. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 590, S.P. 201
An Act to Remove Tolls from Roads North of Portland. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 591, S.P. 202
An Act to Increase Access to Primary Health Care in Rural Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 592, S.P. 203
An Act to Establish the Chesuncook Soil Series as the Official State Soil. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 593, S.P. 204
An Act to Promote the Recycling of Fish Scales as Agricultural Fertilizer. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 594, S.P. 205
An Act to Privatize the Liquor Industry. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 595, S.P. 206
An Act to Require the Department of Human Services to Pay Legal Expenses in Custody Cases When the Department of Human Services Loses. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 596, S.P. 207
An Act to Allow Citizens 70 Years of Age or Older the Option of Serving Jury Duty. (Presented by Senator SMALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 597, S.P. 208
An Act to Allow Certain Companies' Operations that Started in 1996 to Qualify for Employment Tax Increment Financing Treatment. (Presented by Senator MURRAY of Penobscot)

L.D. 598, S.P. 209
An Act to Mandate that Insurance Companies Cover Eating Disorders. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 599, S.P. 210
An Act to Expand Peer Support Services for the Mentally Ill. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 600, H.P. 437
An Act to Prohibit Convicted Felons from Voting. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 601, H.P. 438
An Act to Clarify the Duty of Insurance Agencies to Keep Records. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 602, H.P. 439
An Act to Require Mandatory Training for Harbor Masters. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lamoine)

L.D. 603, H.P. 440
An Act to Repeal the Licensing of Farmstead Cheese. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 604, H.P. 441
An Act to Allow Maine Residents Over 70 Years of Age to Obtain Any Deer Permit. (Presented by Representative CAMERON of Rumford)

L.D. 605, H.P. 442
An Act to Clarify the Probate Code Regarding Durable Financial Powers of Attorney. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 606, H.P. 443
Resolve, Naming the East-West Highway the Ronald Reagan International Highway. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 607, H.P. 444
An Act Making It a Crime for Failure of a Junk Dealer to Keep Certain Records. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 608, H.P. 445
An Act to Require Health Insurers to Reply to Payment Requests by Family Practice Nurse Practitioners within a Certain Time. (Presented by Representative ROSEN of Bucksport)

L.D. 609, H.P. 446
An Act to Repeal All State Taxes on Phone Service. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 610, H.P. 447
Resolve, to Increase Access to Medicaid for People who Need Psychological Services. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 611, H.P. 448
Resolve, to Allow Lawsuit Against the State of Maine. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Winterport)

L.D. 612, H.P. 449
An Act Regarding Juvenile Hunters. (Presented by Representative TRUE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 613, H.P. 450
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $7,000,000 to Purchase School Buses for Public Schools. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 614, H.P. 451
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $26,850,000 for Maine's 7 Technical Colleges. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 615, H.P. 452
RESOLUTION, to Amend the Constitution of Maine to Elect 2 Senators from Each County. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 616, H.P. 453
An Act Relating to the Forfeiture of Bail. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 617, H.P. 454
An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and to Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2000 and June 30, 2001. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 618, H.P. 455
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2000 and June 30, 2001. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)


Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, Third Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@state.me.us. Please include your mailing address as we can not yet mail bill text electronically.