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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 11

Monday, March 22, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
March 11, 1999

Ch. 5 - An Act to Clarify the Application of Insurance Fraud Prevention Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 13, L.D. 2)

Ch. 6 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding the Maine Jobs Council. (H.P. 125, L.D. 156)

Ch. 7 - An Act Concerning the 1999 Elver Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 303, L.D. 905)

Ch. 8 - An Act to Amend Maine's Insurance Laws Regarding Gifts and Rebates. (S.P. 46, L.D. 117)

Ch. 9 - An Act to Permit the Sale of Moose Bones. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 46, L.D. 60)

Ch. 10 - An Act to Lower the Age of Consent for the Donation of Blood. (S.P. 55, L.D. 125)

Ch. 11 - An Act to Prevent Children from Acquiring Gunpowder. (S.P. 60, L.D. 130)

Ch. 12 - An Act to Include Counties in the Definition of Local Government in the Archives and Records Management Law. (S.P. 238, L.D. 660)

Ch. 13 - An Act to Make Materiality a Jury Issue Relative to the Crime of Perjury. (H.P. 544, L.D. 765)

Ch. 14 - An Act to Increase the Amount Below Which Counties Do Not Need to Solicit Bids for Purchases. (H.P. 380, L.D. 511)

Signed by the Governor
March 12, 1999

Ch. 15 - An Act to Increase the Fee Charged by Bail Commissioners. (H.P. 122, L.D. 153)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
March 11, 1999

Ch. 2 - An Act Relating to the Construction of a Locally Funded Arts and Technology Center in Maine School Administrative District No. 49. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 431, L.D. 573)

(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 19, 1999

L.D. 1841, H.P. 1280
An Act to Require Review of a Property Tax Assessment When the Property Has Been Potentially Devalued by a Law. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1842, H.P. 1281
An Act to Require Disclosure of Vital Information When a Conservation Easement or Preservation Interest is Created. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1843, H.P. 1282
An Act to Require That Local Officials Take On-the-record Stands When They Are Responsible for Laws That Decrease Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1844, H.P. 1283
An Act to Protect Taxpayers Against Open-ended Maintenance Expenditures on Property Transferred to the State. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1845, H.P. 1284
An Act to Limit the Imposition of Excise Taxes on Watercraft. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1846, H.P. 1285
An Act to Require Motion Picture Distributors to Give Exhibitors an Equal Opportunity to Bid for the Right to Exhibit Motion Pictures. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1847, H.P. 1286
An Act to Increase to 5.5% the Amount of Revenue Dedicated to General Revenue Sharing. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 1848, H.P. 1287
An Act to Require the Display of the Prisoner of War - Missing in Action Flag. (Presented by Representative CHIZMAR of Lisbon)

L.D. 1849, H.P. 1288
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Public Easements and the Discontinuance of Town Ways. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1850, H.P. 1289
An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Real Estate Transfers. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1851, H.P. 1290
An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Taxation of Recreational Vehicles. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 1852, H.P. 1291
An Act to Create Tax Fairness for Private Purchases of Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Livermore)

L.D. 1853, H.P. 1292
An Act to Expand the Membership of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1854, H.P. 1293
An Act to Require Posting of Regulations on Public Lands. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1855, H.P. 1294
An Act to Establish a New Rate for Excise Taxes of Vehicles. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1856, H.P. 1295
An Act Concerning the Distribution of Beer and Wine. (Presented by Representative BUCK of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1857, H.P. 1296
An Act to Amend the Freedom of Access Laws. (Presented by Representative CHICK of Lebanon)

L.D. 1858, H.P. 1297
An Act to Amend the Possession of Firearms by Felons. (Presented by Representative JABAR of Waterville)

L.D. 1859, H.P. 1298
An Act to Require Enhanced Emissions Testing for the Entire State. (Presented by Representative FOSTER of Gray)

L.D. 1860, H.P. 1299
An Act Allowing the Appointment of Temporary Guardians of Minors. (Presented by Representative McNEIL of Rockland)

L.D. 1861, H.P. 1300
An Act to Deter Export of Unprocessed Timber and Increase Maine Employment in Timber Harvesting and Processing. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 1862, H.P. 1301
An Act Regarding Assignment of Benefits under a Health Insurance Policy. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 1863, H.P. 1302
An Act to Allow School Officials to Provide Information Regarding Certain Juveniles to Other Agencies. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1864, H.P. 1303
An Act Concerning the Political Use of Union Dues. (Presented by Representative MARVIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1865, H.P. 1304
An Act to Conform the Highway Defect Statute to the Maine Tort Claims Act. (Presented by Representative JABAR of Waterville)

L.D. 1866, H.P. 1307
An Act to Reform the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 1867, H.P. 1308
An Act to Amend the InforME Laws. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 1868, H.P. 1309
An Act to Preserve Public Access and Job Opportunities in the Maine Woods. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1869, H.P. 1305
An Act to Establish the Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Trust Fund. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1870, H.P. 1306
An Act to Change the Charter of the Eastport Port Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1871, H.P. 1310
An Act to Revise Procedures for Probation Revocation. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1872, H.P. 1311
An Act to Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services to be Rendered in Fiscal Year 1999-00. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Administrator of the Unorganized Territory pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 1873, S.P. 651
An Act to Require Prescription Labels to Include Certain Information. (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Franklin)

L.D. 1874, S.P. 652
An Act to Provide a Permanent Source of Funding for the Land for Maine's Future Fund. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1875, S.P. 653
An Act to Improve Access for Students with Learning Disabilities to the University of Maine System. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1876, S.P. 654
An Act to Reform County Governance. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1877, S.P. 655
An Act to Encourage Lending and Technical Assistance to Natural Resource-based and Micro Businesses. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1878, S.P. 656
An Act to Make More Uniform the Training of Firefighters. (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1879, S.P. 657
An Act to Increase Access to Basic Needs for Low-income Maine Children and Families. (Presented by Senator RAND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1880, S.P. 658
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide for Protected Capital Reserve Funds. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1881, S.P. 659
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Limit the Debt Issued by the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority. (Presented by Senator AMERO of Cumberland)

L.D. 1882, S.P. 660
An Act to Include in the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program those Energy Facilities that Burn Production Residuals from Maine's Primary and Secondary Wood Products Industries. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1883, S.P. 661
An Act to Ensure that Certain Land Transfers Accomplished through Stock Transfers are not Exempt from the Transfer Tax. (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1884, S.P. 662
An Act to Create a Matching Grant Fund to Provide Technical Assistance to Small Wood Products Manufacturers. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1885, S.P. 663
Resolve, to Create a Task Force to Study Counterfeiting and the Unauthorized Sale of Consumer Goods and Labels. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1886, S.P. 664
An Act to Appropriate Funds for Marketing to Promote Economic Development. (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1887, S.P. 665
An Act to Provide Access to Information Services in All Communities of the State. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1888, S.P. 666
An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Development and Centralized Listing of Municipal Ordinances that Apply to Forestry Practices. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1889, S.P. 667
An Act to Amend the Maine Milk Laws. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1890, S.P. 668
An Act to Establish a Patients' Bill of Rights for Managed Care. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 1891, S.P. 669
An Act to Increase the Minimum Wage. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1892, S.P. 670
An Act to Refine Certain Theft Provisions in the Law. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1893, S.P. 671
An Act to Expand the State's Risk Management Responsibilities. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1894, S.P. 672
An Act to Amend the Statutes Regarding Maine Veterans. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1895, H.P. 1312
An Act to Establish Enterprise Zones to Fund Businesses in Areas of High Unemployment. (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 1896, H.P. 1313
Resolve, to Increase Reimbursement for Chiropractic Manipulation under the Medicaid Program. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1897, H.P. 1314
An Act to Increase the Maximum Benefit Levels Provided for Injured Workers. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1898, H.P. 1315
Resolve, That the Director of the Maine State Museum Shall Include the Portraits of Outstanding Indians in the State House. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1899, H.P. 1316
Resolve, to Require the Department of Public Safety to Study the Security and Protection of State Government Employees. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 1900, H.P. 1317
An Act to Give Consumers Restroom Access. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1901, H.P. 1318
An Act to Prohibit the Scalping of Entertainment Tickets. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1902, H.P. 1319
An Act to Allow Emergency Room Personnel to Search Patients Who have Threatened Themselves or Others. (Presented by Representative FRECHETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 1903, H.P. 1320
Resolve, to Study the Needs of Maine Veterans and Their Families. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 1904, H.P. 1321
Resolve, to Study Issues Related to the Muzzle-loading Season. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 1905, H.P. 1322
An Act to Establish the Birth Defects Program. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1906, H.P. 1323
An Act to Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act Pertaining to Major Substantive Rules Review. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1907, H.P. 1324
An Act to Credit a Town for Payment of School Construction. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 1908, H.P. 1325
An Act to Establish as an Employee Any Person Who Collects Signatures on Petitions for Direct Initiative or People's Veto Legislation for Any Person, Firm or Organization that Contracts, Subcontracts or Agrees to Collect the Signatures for Anything of Value. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1909, H.P. 1326
An Act to Provide Continuing Financial Support for the Maine Community Policing Institute at the University of Maine at Augusta. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1910, H.P. 1327
An Act to Promote Economic Development in Central Maine. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 1911, H.P. 1328
An Act to Relocate the Maine Legislative Law and Reference Library to Comply with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 1912, H.P. 1329
An Act to Provide for Tougher Treatment of Drunk Drivers. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 1913, H.P. 1330
An Act to Ensure Fair Access under the Workers' Compensation Utilization and Review System. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1914, H.P. 1331
An Act Concerning Tribal Jurisdiction over Rights-of-way Over or Abutting Tribal Lands and the Collection of Fines from Violations Occurring on Tribal Lands and Rights-of-way. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1915, H.P. 1332
An Act to Amend Assessment Provisions Within the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1916, H.P. 1333
An Act Concerning the Regulation and Treatment of Time-shares. (Presented by Representative CIANCHETTE of South Portland)

L.D. 1917, H.P. 1334
An Act to Encourage Growth and Development in Cumberland County. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1918, H.P. 1335
An Act to Change Certain Laws Affecting the State Legislature. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1919, H.P. 1336
An Act to Promote Economic Development in Eastern Maine. (Presented by Representative SHOREY of Calais)

L.D. 1920, H.P. 1337
An Act to Prevent Conflicts of Interest. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 1921, H.P. 1338
An Act to Promote Land Conservation at the Local Level. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1922, H.P. 1339
An Act to Establish the Maine Internet Policy Act. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1923, H.P. 1340
An Act to Facilitate the Establishment of Trail Easements. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1924, S.P. 674
An Act to Reduce Mercury in Products. (Submitted by the Land and Water Resources Council pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 722)

L.D. 1925, S.P. 675
An Act to Deter Environmental Terrorism in the State. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1926, S.P. 676
Resolve, to Establish Maine's Business Advisory Committee on Prescription Drug Costs and Efficiencies. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1927, S.P. 677
An Act to Ensure that an Eligible Work Force is Promptly Certified for Trade Act Assistance and Has Full Access to Training and Education Services as Provided by Law. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1928, S.P. 678
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Repairs, Renovations and Additions to Public Schools. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1929, S.P. 679
An Act Concerning Damage to Lands and Natural Resources Caused by Natural Gas Pipelines. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1930, S.P. 680
An Act to Protect Beneficiaries of Structured Settlements. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1931, S.P. 681
An Act to Amend the Franchise Law. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1932, S.P. 682
An Act to Create the Beano and Games of Chance Commission. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1933, S.P. 687
An Act to Promote Sharing of Information Between Schools and Criminal Justice Agencies. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1934, S.P. 688
Resolve, to Reinstate Emergency Assistance for Dependents of Veterans. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1935, S.P. 689
An Act to Create Staff Positions at the Maine Commission on Domestic Abuse. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1936, S.P. 690
An Act to Modify the Juvenile Code with Regard to the Service of Juvenile Summonses. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1937, S.P. 691
An Act to Allow the State to Obtain a Defendant's Medical Records in Cases Involving OUI. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1938, S.P. 692
An Act to Recognize Veterans of the Persian Gulf Conflict. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 1939, S.P. 693
An Act to Fund a Minimum Level of Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons in all Regions of the State. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1940, S.P. 694
An Act to Create Standards of Eligibility Governing Certain Tax-exempt Organizations and to Phase in a Reduction of the Rate of Exemption to Reflect the Cost of Providing Essential Municipal Services. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1941, S.P. 695
An Act Regarding Involuntary Commitment for Substance Abuse. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1942, H.P. 1342
Resolve, to Require the Workers' Compensation Board to Reverse Its Decision and Find in Favor of Richard N. Pushard, Sr.. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1943, H.P. 1343
An Act to Ensure that Workers Are Informed about Their Employers' Cancellation of Workers' Compensation Insurance. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Bridgewater)

L.D. 1944, H.P. 1344
An Act to Establish the Crime of Assault Against Sports Officials. (Presented by Representative MacDOUGALL of North Berwick)

L.D. 1945, H.P. 1345
Resolve, Authorizing the Family of Adam Wilson to Sue the Town of Rockport. (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Union)

L.D. 1946, H.P. 1346
An Act to Provide for Safe and Orderly Schools. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1947, H.P. 1347
An Act to Ensure Access to Prescription Drugs for the Elderly. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 1948, H.P. 1348
An Act Relating to Unfair Competition Between Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses. (Presented by Representative TRIPP of Topsham)

L.D. 1949, H.P. 1349
An Act to Require a Waiting Period After the Completion of Certain Forensic Evaluations. (Presented by Representative MacDOUGALL of North Berwick)

L.D. 1950, H.P. 1350
An Act to Change the Membership of the Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Data Organization. (Presented by Representative BRUNO of Raymond)

L.D. 1951, H.P. 1351
Resolve, to Establish the Task Force to Study the Funding of and to Develop an Improved Decision-making Process for the Residential Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Issues. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1952, H.P. 1352
An Act to Simplify the Process of Determining the Eligibility of Homeless Persons for General Assistance. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1953, H.P. 1353
An Act to Fully Fund Primary and Secondary Education in the State. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 1954, H.P. 1354
An Act to Categorize Pervasive Developmental Disorder as a Neurological Disorder rather than a Mental Illness under the Insurance Laws. (Presented by Representative MacDOUGALL of North Berwick)

L.D. 1955, H.P. 1356
An Act Regarding Youth Residence Laws. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

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