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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 9

Monday, March 8, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
March 1, 1999

Ch. 1 - Resolve, to Name the Bridge Between Bath and Woolwich the Sagadahoc Bridge. (S.P. 97, L.D. 236) (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, MARCH 5, 1999

L.D. 1559, S.P. 526
An Act to Establish a Maine Student Leadership Pilot Program. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 1560, S.P. 527
An Act to Amend the Qualifications for Appointment of the Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutant General. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 1561, S.P. 528
An Act to Require High School Students to Earn a Certificate of Mastery Before Graduating. (Presented by Senator AMERO of Cumberland)

L.D. 1562, S.P. 529
An Act to Establish the Environmental Leadership Program. (Presented by Senator AMERO of Cumberland)

L.D. 1563, S.P. 530
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study the Funding and Distribution of Teletypewriters and Other Telecommunications Equipment for People with Disabilities. (Submitted by the Commission to Study the Funding and Distribution of Teletypewriters and Other Telecommunications Equipment for People with Disabilities pursuant to Resolve 1997, chapter 72, section 5.)

L.D. 1564, H.P. 1105
An Act to Require That Physician Signatures on Prescriptions Be Legible. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 1565, H.P. 1106
Resolve, Directing the Maine Forest Service to Examine the Excessive Cutting of Mature Maple Trees. (Presented by Representative SIROIS of Caribou)

L.D. 1566, H.P. 1107
An Act to Clarify the Definition of Terms Relating to Scheduled Drugs. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1567, H.P. 1108
An Act to Help Farmers to Protect the Quality of Milk. (Presented by Representative WESTON of Montville)

L.D. 1568, H.P. 1109
An Act to Require Parenting Skills to be Taught as Part of the High School Course of Instruction. (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 1569, H.P. 1110
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Veazie Sewer District. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 1570, H.P. 1111
An Act to Require the Department of Transportation to Cut Brush and Trees Along a Highway at the Request of a Business. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 1571, H.P. 1112
An Act to Protect the Rights of Employees Who Volunteer Time As Firefighters. (Presented by Representative JONES of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1572, H.P. 1113
An Act to Establish Lifetime Probation for Multiple Sex Offenders. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1573, H.P. 1114
An Act to Implement Training for School Counselors at the Maine Youth Center and Upgrade Pay Classifications. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 1574, H.P. 1115
An Act to Improve Access to Education for Parents as Scholars Program Participants. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 1575, H.P. 1116
An Act to Criminalize Internet Dissemination of Child Pornography. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1576, H.P. 1117
An Act to Strengthen the Motor Vehicle Laws Pertaining to Registration of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative LEMONT of Kittery)

L.D. 1577, H.P. 1118
An Act to Amend the Liability Limit under the Maine Tort Claims Act. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 1578, H.P. 1119
Resolve, to Amend the Elderly Low-cost Drug Program. (Presented by Representative MADORE of Augusta)

L.D. 1579, H.P. 1120
An Act to Evaluate the Compensation of Members of the Maine Turnpike Authority. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Eliot)

L.D. 1580, H.P. 1121
An Act to Amend the Time for Filing Audit Reports. (Presented by Representative GAGNE of Buckfield)

L.D. 1581, H.P. 1122
An Act to Revise the Laws Regarding Shellfish. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1582, H.P. 1123
An Act to Control the Sale and Display of Tobacco Products. (Presented by Representative PEAVEY of Woolwich)

L.D. 1583, H.P. 1124
An Act to Amend the Definition of Sex Offender and to Require Sheriffs to Notify the State Bureau of Identification of a Sex Offender's Release from Jail for Purposes of Registration and Notification. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1584, H.P. 1125
An Act to Limit the Caliber of Ammunition Allowed for Hunting White-tailed Deer and Black Bear. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1585, H.P. 1126
An Act to Prohibit Self-service Tobacco Displays. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1586, H.P. 1127
An Act to Require a Mortgagee to Record the Discharge of a Mortgage Within 30 Days. (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 1587, H.P. 1128
An Act to Allow the Surviving Veteran Spouse of a Veteran to Continue to Receive the Property Tax Exemption. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1588, H.P. 1129
An Act to Increase the Penalties for Persons in Possession of Methamphetamine in Conformity with the Penalties for Similarly Dangerous Drugs. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1589, H.P. 1130
An Act to Require an Assessment Evaluation of Juveniles Entering the Juvenile Justice System. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1590, H.P. 1131
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $10,000,000 to Support the Construction of the Gulf of Maine Aquarium. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 1591, H.P. 1132
An Act to Amend the Laws Concerning HIV Testing. (Presented by Representative SHIELDS of Auburn)

L.D. 1592, H.P. 1133
An Act to Encourage Joint Custody Practices. (Presented by Representative POWERS of Rockport)

L.D. 1593, I.B. 1
An Act to Ban Partial Birth Abortion. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 119th Legislature by the Secretary of State on February 22, 1999)

L.D. 1594, S.P. 532
An Act to Promote Equity Among Health Care Clinics. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1595, S.P. 533
An Act Regarding Complementary Health Care Providers. (Presented by Senator PENDLETON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1596, S.P. 534
An Act to Clarify the Sales Tax Exemption for Food Service in Educational Institutions. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1597, S.P. 535
Resolve, to Transfer the National Guard Armory in Skowhegan to Somerset County for Use as a County Jail. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1598, S.P. 536
An Act Regarding Hospital Cooperation. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1599, S.P. 537
An Act to Allow Philip Wolley to Receive Certain Legal Costs from the State. (Presented by Senator MURRAY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1600, S.P. 538
Resolve, to Transfer the Functions and Responsibilities of the Maine Turnpike Authority to the Department of Transportation. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1601, S.P. 539
Resolve, to Direct the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Economic and Community Development to Devise a Proposal for Long-term Funding of the Removal of Tire Dumps. (Presented by Senator SMALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1602, S.P. 540
An Act to Expand Term Limits of Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company Directors. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1603, S.P. 541
An Act to Amend the Wrongful Death Laws. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1604, S.P. 542
An Act to Create a Standard Small Group Health Plan. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1605, S.P. 543
An Act to Redefine Property Subject to the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program to Include Manufacturing Real Estate and to Exclude Property That is not Used for Manufacturing or Research. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1606, S.P. 544
An Act to Make Manufacturing Real Estate Eligible for Business Equipment Property Tax Reimbursement. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1607, S.P. 545
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Revoke Voting Rights of Convicted Felons While they are in Prison. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1608, S.P. 546
An Act to Conform Maine's Consumer Credit Laws to Federal Law and Make Other Changes. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1609, S.P. 547
An Act to Create Greater Equity in Representation Among Municipalities Belonging to School Administrative Districts and Ensure That All School Referendum Votes Are Preceded by a Public Hearing. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1610, S.P. 548
An Act to Require Prior Agreement by Both the Sender and the Receiver for a Recording to Take Place. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1611, S.P. 549
An Act to Integrate the Maine Economic Growth Council's Economic Growth Plan with the State's Economic Strategic Development Plan. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1612, S.P. 550
An Act to Clarify Language in the Motor Vehicle Laws with Respect to Farm Equipment. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1613, S.P. 551
An Act to Provide a Definition of Cigarette for Retail Purposes. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1614, S.P. 552
An Act to Increase the Health Benefits for Retired Educators. (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 1615, S.P. 553
An Act to Repeal Registration Requirements of Cable Television Franchise Agreements and the Filing of Wage Rates and Benefits. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1616, S.P. 554
An Act Regarding the Calculation of Maine State Retirement System Benefits. (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 1617, S.P. 555
An Act to Improve Accountability in the Budget Process. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1618, S.P. 556
An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Professional Engineers. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1619, S.P. 557
An Act to Create a Patients' Bill of Rights. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1620, H.P. 1135
Resolve, to Extend the Statute of Limitations for Victims of Abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 1621, H.P. 1136
An Act to Assist Maine Students. (Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland)

L.D. 1622, H.P. 1137
An Act to Restore the Cost-of-living Adjustment for State Employees and Teachers Who Retire Before Normal Retirement Age. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1623, H.P. 1138
An Act to Provide Services for Children in Need of Supervision. (Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland)

L.D. 1624, H.P. 1139
An Act to Amend the Lobster Trap Escape Vent Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1625, H.P. 1140
An Act to Clarify Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1626, H.P. 1141
An Act to Establish the Waste Motor Oil Disposal Site Remediation Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1627, S.P. 558
An Act to Ensure Equity in School Funding. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1628, S.P. 561
An Act to Change the Provisions of the Lobster License Apprentice Program. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 1629, S.P. 562
An Act to Ensure That Sales Free and Clear of Liens Through Bankruptcy Do Not Result in the Acquisition of a Predecessor Employer's Experience for the Purpose of Contribution Rate Determination. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1630, S.P. 563
An Act to Fully Comply with the Requirements of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1631, S.P. 564
Resolve, Authorizing Richard Paradise to Sue the State. (Presented by Senator MacKINNON of York)

L.D. 1632, S.P. 565
An Act to Increase Penalties for Certain Drug-related Crimes Committed In or Near Low-income Housing. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1633, S.P. 566
An Act to Create a Transporter License Plate for Light Trailers. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1634, S.P. 567
An Act to Allow Certain Aquaculture Activities by Rule. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 1635, S.P. 568
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Results-based Initial Certification of Teachers. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1636, S.P. 569
An Act to Renew Maine's Economy. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1637, S.P. 570
An Act Regarding the Boundaries of State and State Aid Highways. (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 1638, S.P. 571
Resolve, to Review Traffic Congestion Including Truck Traffic along the Route 1 York Corridor. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1639, S.P. 572
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Maine State Pilotage Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 1640, S.P. 573
An Act Regarding Service Contracts. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1641, H.P. 1144
An Act to Provide Financial Support for Teachers Seeking National Board Certification. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1642, H.P. 1145
An Act Regarding Equine Massage Therapy. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 1643, H.P. 1146
An Act to Remove Certain Wetland Sites Requirements for Proposed Developments within the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1644, H.P. 1147
An Act to Clarify Laws Governing Simulcasting. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1645, H.P. 1148
An Act Regarding a Tax Refund when Money Is Owed to Both the State and a Custodial Parent. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1646, H.P. 1149
An Act to Amend Due Process Hearings for Exceptional Students. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1647, H.P. 1150
An Act to Reimburse Collectors of Sales and Use Taxes. (Presented by Representative BUCK of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1648, H.P. 1151
An Act Restoring the Right to Sue to Workers Injured Due to Gross Negligence. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1649, H.P. 1152
An Act to Strengthen Maine's Research and Development Capacity in Renewable Energy Resources. (Presented by Representative SHIAH of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1650, H.P. 1153
An Act Confirming the Charter of the Addison Point Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUGAY of Cherryfield)

L.D. 1651, H.P. 1154
An Act to Ensure that Tobacco Settlement Funds Are Used for Health Purposes. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 1652, H.P. 1155
An Act to Repeal the Atlantic Salmon Authority. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1653, H.P. 1156
An Act to Amend the Law Governing the Confidentiality of Health Care Information. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1654, S.P. 574
An Act to Improve the Efficiency of Environmental Regulation in the Unorganized and Deorganized Areas of the State. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1655, S.P. 575
An Act to Clarify the Laws Regarding Fund Raising During the Legislative Session. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1656, S.P. 576
An Act to Allow Local Control of Traffic on State Aid Roads Without Loss of State Highway Funds. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1657, S.P. 577
An Act to Clarify the Laws Relating to Off-track Betting Facilities. (Presented by Senator KIEFFER of Aroostook)

L.D. 1658, S.P. 578
An Act to Release Juvenile Crime Records to School Personnel. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1659, S.P. 579
Resolve, to Investigate State Purchasing of Goods and Services Produced under Conditions that Violate International Standards of Human Rights. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1660, S.P. 580
An Act to Provide Reasonable Compensation for Vehicles Damaged in Accidents. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1661, S.P. 581
An Act to Allow Fair Access to Long-term Care Insurance. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 1662, S.P. 582
An Act to Protect the Public's Health through State-funded Rabies Testing. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1663, S.P. 583
An Act to Restore Fairness and Equity to the Allocation of School Subsidies. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1664, S.P. 584
An Act to Clarify Basic Health Care Services to be Offered by Maine Health Maintenance Organizations. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1665, S.P. 585
Resolve, to Promote Natural Resource-based Industries. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1666, S.P. 586
An Act to Ensure That Funds from Maine's Medicaid Settlement with Tobacco Product Manufacturers are used to Expand Access to Health Care for Maine People. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 1667, S.P. 587
An Act to Amend Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 1668, S.P. 588
An Act to Create the Drive ME Wheels-to-work Program. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1669, S.P. 589
An Act to Ensure Continuous Improvement in Pollution Prevention. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1670, H.P. 1159
An Act to Amend the Conservation Easement Laws. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1671, H.P. 1160
An Act to Broaden Victim Notification of Release of Defendant Placed in Institutional Confinement Following a Verdict of Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Insanity. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1672, H.P. 1161
An Act Concerning Service Relating to the Disclosure of Financial Records. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1673, H.P. 1162
An Act to Amend the Abandoned Property Laws. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 1674, H.P. 1163
An Act to Exempt from Certain Regulations Crabmeat That Does Not Cross State Lines. (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 1675, H.P. 1164
An Act to Provide Adequate Maine State Museum Services. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1676, H.P. 1165
An Act to License Installers of Septic Systems. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1677, H.P. 1166
An Act to Enhance the Integrity of Processing Insurance Claims Relating to Motor Vehicle Glass. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 1678, H.P. 1167
An Act to Expand and Clarify the Opportunities for Small Employers to Purchase Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative BRUNO of Raymond)

L.D. 1679, H.P. 1168
An Act Regarding Supervised Community Confinement. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1680, H.P. 1169
An Act to Require the Equitable Taxation of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1681, H.P. 1170
An Act to Establish a Flat Tax Rate for the Maine Income Tax. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1682, H.P. 1171
An Act to Provide Funding for the Frye Island Ferry. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1683, H.P. 1172
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 307: Sale of Capacity and Energy of Undivested Generation Assets, Extension of Divestiture Deadline, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1684, H.P. 1173
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 306: Uniform Disclosure and Informational Filing Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1685, H.P. 1174
An Act Governing Privileged Communications between Victims of Crimes and Governmental Victim Witness Advocates. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1686, H.P. 1175
An Act to Require the Inspection of Commercial Inland Vessels. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 1687, H.P. 1176
An Act Relating to Medicaid Liens. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 1688, H.P. 1177
An Act to Require the State to Pay Interest on Refunds of Taxes and Fees. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1689, H.P. 1178
An Act to Protect Holders of Camp Lot Leases. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1690, H.P. 1179
An Act Regulating the Transportation of People and Dogs in Pickup Trucks. (Presented by Representative BRUNO of Raymond)

L.D. 1691, H.P. 1180
An Act to Protect Maine's Lakes and Ponds from Camp Road Runoff. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1692, H.P. 1181
An Act to Expedite the Contaminated Groundwater Remediation Process. (Presented by Representative CLOUGH of Scarborough)

L.D. 1693, H.P. 1182
An Act to Clarify the Regulation of Viatical Settlement Contracts When Sold as Investments. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

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.