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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 8

Monday, March 1, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
February 18, 1999

Ch. 4 - An Act to Make Additional Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1999. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 36, L.D. 50) (Governor's Bill)

(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, FEBRUARY 26, 1999

L.D. 1425, H.P. 1014
An Act to Encourage Jobs and Opportunities in Municipalities with Low Average Income and High Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1426, H.P. 1015
An Act to Reform the Property Tax Laws for Certain Exempt Properties. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1427, H.P. 1016
An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Domestic Violence Incidence Reports. (Presented by Representative MUSE of South Portland)

L.D. 1428, H.P. 1017
Resolve, to Enhance Fire Protection Services throughout the State. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1429, H.P. 1018
An Act to Add Members to the Maine Turnpike Authority. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1430, H.P. 1019
An Act to Ensure the Protection of Ratepayers' Interests in the New England Power Pool. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1431, H.P. 1020
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require Signatures from All Counties on Direct Initiative Petitions. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 1432, H.P. 1021
An Act to Improve Care to Nursing Home Residents by Requiring Adequate Staff to Provide Hands-on Care. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1433, H.P. 1022
An Act to Repeal the Requirement That a Person Have a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon. (Presented by Representative TRACY of Rome)

L.D. 1434, H.P. 1023
An Act to Make Minor Corrections to the Laws Governing Consumer Credit and Collection. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 1435, H.P. 1024
An Act to Promote Equitable and Professional Management of Moose. (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1436, H.P. 1025
An Act to Transfer the Regulatory Responsibilities of the Arborist Examining Board to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 1437, H.P. 1026
An Act to Reorganize the Real Estate Appraisers Law. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 1438, S.P. 478
An Act to Allow for Expeditious Improvements to Commercial Tracks. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1439, S.P. 479
An Act to Ensure the Preservation of Maine's Commercial Racetracks. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1440, S.P. 480
An Act to Designate Civil Rights Day. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1441, S.P. 481
An Act to Reimburse the Town of Wallagrass for Property under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 1442, S.P. 482
An Act to Provide a State Income Tax Credit for Individual Contributions Made to Maine Charitable Organizations. (Presented by Senator AMERO of Cumberland)

L.D. 1443, S.P. 483
An Act to Set Aside a Portion of Juvenile Justice Block Grant Money for Quality Child and After-school Care Programs. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1444, S.P. 484
An Act to Require Legislators to Contribute to Health and Dental Premiums. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1445, S.P. 485
An Act to Eliminate Health Insurance Benefits for Retired Legislators Elected in or After 1992. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1446, S.P. 486
An Act to Create the Business Advisory Commission on Quality Child Care Financing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1447, S.P. 487
An Act to Promote Maine's Family-friendly Business and Investment Strategies. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1448, S.P. 488
An Act to Eliminate the Legislative Retirement System. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1449, H.P. 1027
Resolve, Directing Cooperation between the Department of Human Services and the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Providing Human Services Programs. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1450, H.P. 1028
An Act to Amend Agency Disclosure within the Real Estate Brokerage Laws. (Presented by Representative CIANCHETTE of South Portland)

L.D. 1451, H.P. 1029
An Act to Establish a Fund to Promote Acadian Cultural Tourism for St. Croix Island. (Presented by Representative SHOREY of Calais)

L.D. 1452, H.P. 1030
An Act to Allocate the State Tax Windfall on the Sale of Generation-related Assets to the Reduction of Stranded Costs Otherwise Paid by Ratepayers. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 1453, H.P. 1031
An Act to Expand the Homestead Exemption Program Based Upon the Level of Funds in a Homestead Tax Relief Fund. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 1454, H.P. 1032
An Act to Promote Ethanol Production as Alternative Fuel. (Presented by Representative KNEELAND of Easton)

L.D. 1455, H.P. 1033
An Act Regarding the Spreading of Sludge. (Presented by Representative JONES of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1456, H.P. 1034
An Act to Establish the Northern Maine Transmission Corporation. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 1457, H.P. 1035
An Act to Decrease Restrictions on the Sale of Land. (Presented by Representative CLOUGH of Scarborough)

L.D. 1458, H.P. 1036
An Act to Allow Cutting of Trees in the Shoreland Zone Under Certain Conditions. (Presented by Representative FOSTER of Gray)

L.D. 1459, H.P. 1037
An Act to Establish Air Quality Standards for Rental Units Leased by Schools. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1460, H.P. 1038
An Act to Allow Sharing of Information for Child Protective Investigations. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1461, H.P. 1039
An Act to Improve the Efficiency of State Government by Increasing Flexibility in Staffing Patterns. (Presented by Representative BRAGDON of Bangor)

L.D. 1462, H.P. 1040
An Act to Establish a Pilot Program to Allow Private Driving School Instructors to Conduct Driver Operation Examinations. (Presented by Representative BRAGDON of Bangor)

L.D. 1463, H.P. 1041
An Act to Require the Department of Labor to Pay for Workers' Compensation Related Translation Services. (Presented by Representative BRAGDON of Bangor)

L.D. 1464, H.P. 1042
An Act to Amend the No Trespassing Zone Around the Water Intake Pipes of the Portland Water District. (Presented by Representative CLOUGH of Scarborough)

L.D. 1465, H.P. 1043
An Act Regarding Qualifications to Enter the Moose Lottery. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Belmont)

L.D. 1466, H.P. 1044
An Act to Maintain Responsible Taste Testing. (Presented by Representative POWERS of Rockport)

L.D. 1467, H.P. 1045
Resolve, to Authorize the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands to Exchange Land between the State and Pownal Relating to Bradbury Mountain State Park. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1468, H.P. 1046
An Act to Eliminate the Licensing Requirements for Certain School Administrators. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1469, H.P. 1047
An Act to Increase Hunting Opportunities in the State. (Presented by Representative MATTHEWS of Winslow)

L.D. 1470, H.P. 1048
Resolve, to Establish the Task Force to Study the Simplification of the School Funding Formula. (Presented by Representative CLOUGH of Scarborough)

L.D. 1471, H.P. 1049
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Wrongful Death. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1472, H.P. 1050
An Act to Clarify Reimbursement for Cognitive Services. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1473, H.P. 1051
An Act to Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1474, S.P. 489
An Act to Enhance Equity Under the Maine Milk Pool Laws. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1475, S.P. 490
An Act to Clarify the Tree Growth Tax Law. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 1476, S.P. 491
An Act to Conform Maine Law to Federal Law Regarding Long-term Care Insurance for Tax Purposes. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1477, S.P. 492
An Act to Promote Healthy Maine Families. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 1478, S.P. 493
Resolve, to Require the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to Contract for the Operation of a Stabilization Facility. (Presented by Senator BERUBE of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1479, S.P. 494
An Act to Amend the Sales Tax Exemption for Prosthetic Devices. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1480, S.P. 495
An Act Relating to Electric Utility Rate Design. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1481, S.P. 496
An Act to Increase the Contingency Reserve Fund Percentage for Consumer-owned Electric Utilities. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1482, S.P. 497
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Denturists. (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1483, S.P. 498
An Act to Promote Parity on the Board of Licensure in Medicine and on the Board of Osteopathic Licensure. (Presented by Senator RAND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1484, H.P. 1053
An Act to Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 1998 With the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GREEN of Monmouth)

L.D. 1485, H.P. 1054
An Act Regarding Aquaculture Leases in Salt Pond in Hancock County. (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 1486, H.P. 1055
An Act to Include Fraudulent Billing by Attorneys under the Unfair Trade Practices Act. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 1487, H.P. 1056
An Act to Bring Equity into Custodial Agreements. (Presented by Representative STANWOOD of Southwest Harbor)

L.D. 1488, H.P. 1057
An Act to Ensure Compliance with Court Orders Relating to Child Visitation. (Presented by Representative STANWOOD of Southwest Harbor)

L.D. 1489, H.P. 1058
An Act Regarding the Operation of a Motorized or Electric Bicycle on a Public Way. (Presented by Representative STANWOOD of Southwest Harbor)

L.D. 1490, H.P. 1059
An Act to Repeal All State Inheritance Taxes. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 1491, H.P. 1060
An Act to Improve Access to Driver Education. (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 1492, H.P. 1061
An Act to Propose Changes to the Maine Election Laws. (Presented by Representative STANWOOD of Southwest Harbor)

L.D. 1493, H.P. 1062
An Act Regarding Private Long-term Disability Insurance for Mental Illnesses. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 1494, H.P. 1063
An Act to Ensure the Documentation of the Transfer of Ownership of Mobile and Modular Construction Homes. (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Union)

L.D. 1495, H.P. 1064
Resolve, to Regulate the Use, Operation and Type of Watercraft on Coastal Waters. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1496, H.P. 1065
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1497, H.P. 1066
An Act Authorizing the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission to Regulate Industrialized Farms within Unorganized and Deorganized Areas. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1498, H.P. 1067
An Act to Include Nontraditional Medical Alternatives under Health Insurance and Medicaid Coverage and to Allow the Patient to Choose the Method of Treatment. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 1499, H.P. 1068
An Act Concerning the Regulation of Certain Commercial Contracts of Insurance. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 1500, H.P. 1069
An Act to Establish a Trust Fund to Provide Statewide Assistance to Low-income Electric Consumers. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 1501, S.P. 500
An Act to Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1502, S.P. 501
Resolve, to Study the Changes in Lobster Morbidity and Mortality. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 1503, S.P. 502
An Act to Require any Person or Organization That Gathers Signatures on Petitions for Referendum Questions to Make Full Financial Disclosure to the Commission on Governmental Ethics. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1504, S.P. 503
An Act to Amend the Lobbyist Registration Fee Provisions. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1505, S.P. 504
An Act to Require Performance-based Restoration by Public Utilities. (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 1506, S.P. 505
Resolve, to Require the Department of Environmental Protection to Reimburse Homeowners for Malfunctioning On-site Peat Sewage Disposal Systems. (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 1507, S.P. 506
An Act to Limit Fishing Regulations for a Portion of the Big Machias River. (Presented by Senator KIEFFER of Aroostook)

L.D. 1508, S.P. 507
Resolve, to Establish a Task Force to Determine the Effectiveness and Quality of Care of In-home Care Services. (Presented by Senator BERUBE of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1509, S.P. 508
An Act to Amend and Improve the Education Laws. (Presented by Senator SMALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1510, S.P. 509
An Act to Clarify the Medical Fee Schedule in Workers' Compensation Cases. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1511, S.P. 510
An Act to Provide Efficient and Continuous High-quality Service to Mental Health Consumers. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1512, S.P. 511
An Act to Amend Maine's Family and Medical Leave Law. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1513, S.P. 512
An Act to Clarify the Definition of "Area of Operation" for Municipal Housing Authorities. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1514, S.P. 513
An Act to Amend the Filing Requirements to Perfect a Purchase Money Security Interest in Consumer Goods. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1515, S.P. 514
An Act to Prohibit Certain Practices in the Advertising and Sale of Tobacco Products. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1516, S.P. 515
An Act Concerning Disposal of Solid Waste from Decommissioning Activities. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1517, S.P. 516
An Act Concerning Transportation of Radioactive Waste. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1518, H.P. 1071
An Act to Establish a Sales Tax Exemption for Sales to Volunteer Organizations that Raise Funds to Benefit Local Charities. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1519, H.P. 1072
An Act to Encourage Environmental Management Systems. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1520, H.P. 1073
An Act Requiring Maine to Adopt the Federal Rules Regarding Universal Waste. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1521, H.P. 1074
An Act to Provide an Income Tax Deduction for the Purchase of Alternative Energy Equipment. (Presented by Representative GAGNE of Buckfield)

L.D. 1522, H.P. 1075
An Act to Eliminate the Income Tax, Sales Tax and Corporate Income Tax and Replace Them with a Flat Transaction Tax. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 1523, H.P. 1076
An Act to Amend Criminal Law Procedures Regarding Defendants Found Incompetent to Stand Trial. (Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway)

L.D. 1524, H.P. 1077
An Act to Include the Income of a Lessee for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility in Farm and Open Space Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative JONES of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1525, H.P. 1078
An Act to Improve Medical Support for Children. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1526, H.P. 1079
Resolve, to Establish a Task Force to Study Limited Entry in the Shrimp Fishery. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1527, H.P. 1080
An Act to Provide Equity in Reimbursement for Health Care Providers. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 1528, H.P. 1081
An Act to Provide Funds for Applied Research and Development Relevant to the Maine Economy. (Presented by Representative ROSEN of Bucksport)

L.D. 1529, H.P. 1082
An Act Regarding the Affiliation Definition Test for Rafting Companies. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1530, H.P. 1083
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $120,000,000 for Land Acquisition by the Land for Maine's Future Board. (Presented by Representative SHIAH of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1531, H.P. 1084
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $13,500,000 for the Repair and Upgrading of Roads in the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1532, H.P. 1085
An Act Concerning Liens Held by the Freeport Sewer District. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1533, H.P. 1086
An Act to Preserve the Medicaid Home Health Benefit. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1534, H.P. 1087
An Act to Facilitate the Transfer of Education Records for Students Transferring to Another Public School. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1535, H.P. 1088
An Act to Require Notice to Abutters Prior to Commercial Applications of Pesticides. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1536, H.P. 1089
Resolve, to Direct the Land and Water Resources Council to Develop a Report and Proposed Actions to Control Dioxin Emissions and Discharges. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1537, H.P. 1090
An Act to Protect Maine Lakes and Ponds. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1538, H.P. 1091
An Act to Grant Immunity to Medical Professionals Conducting Body Cavity Searches for Drugs. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1539, H.P. 1092
An Act to Require More Timely Court-ordered Psychological Evaluations. (Presented by Representative MacDOUGALL of North Berwick)

L.D. 1540, H.P. 1093
An Act to Create a Historic Preservation Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative TRIPP of Topsham)

L.D. 1541, H.P. 1094
An Act to Extend Portability of Coverage to Persons Covered under College-sponsored Health Plans. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1542, H.P. 1095
An Act to Extend the Property Tax Exemption to Veterans of the Berlin Crisis. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1543, H.P. 1096
An Act to Create the Bicycle Safety Act. (Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland)

L.D. 1544, H.P. 1097
An Act to Study the Effectiveness of Harness Racing Promotions. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1545, H.P. 1098
An Act Requiring Registration of Surveys in the Registry of Deeds. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1546, H.P. 1099
An Act to Encourage Payment of Certain Workers' Compensation Premiums Owed to a Previous Insurer. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Bangor)

L.D. 1547, H.P. 1100
Resolve, to Modify the Retirement Laws for a Certain School Principal. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1548, H.P. 1101
An Act to Increase Reimbursement for Home Health Care Services. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1549, H.P. 1102
An Act to Protect the Riparian Rights of Owners of Rockweed, Seaweed and Other Assets on Intertidal Land. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1550, H.P. 1103
Resolve, to Establish a Task Force to Study the Improvement of Public Water Supply Protection. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1551, H.P. 1104
An Act to Provide a Method of Compensation for Personal Injuries Caused by Side-stream Tobacco Smoke. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1552, S.P. 518
An Act to Ensure Adequate Nutrition Services for Maine's Elderly and to Create the Senior One-stop Program. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1553, S.P. 519
An Act to Amend the Definition of "Parent" in the Laws Governing Education. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1554, S.P. 520
An Act to Create a Professional Development Fund for Maine Teachers. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1555, S.P. 521
An Act to Maintain the Viability of Maine's Liquor Industry. (Presented by Senator KIEFFER of Aroostook)

L.D. 1556, S.P. 522
An Act Relating to Property Tax Exemptions and Service Charges. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1557, S.P. 523
An Act to Expand a Judge's Powers for Contemptuous Failure to Pay. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1558, S.P. 524
Resolve, to Provide Incentives for School Breakfast Programs in Maine Public Schools. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)


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.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site /legis - choose "Session Information" to go to the list of available bills. New bills are added every couple of days.