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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 12

Monday, March 29, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
March 16, 1999

Ch. 16 - 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) (H.P. 455, L.D. 618) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
March 19, 1999

Ch. 17 - An Act to Restrict the Posting on the Internet of Personal Information About Public School Students. (S.P. 93, L.D. 232)

Ch. 18 - An Act to Close Elver Fishing on the West Bank of the Narramissic River. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 6, L.D. 16)

Ch. 19 - An Act to Designate the First Saturday of Each October as Firefighter's Recognition Day. (S.P. 21, L.D. 13)

Ch. 20 - An Act to Increase Nonregular Island Ferry Service from 24 to 36 Trips. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 91, L.D. 194)

Ch. 21 - An Act Regarding the Assignment of Insurance Benefits for Dental Care. (S.P. 260, L.D. 755)

Ch. 22 - An Act Concerning the Requirement for Surety Bonds for County Treasurers, Sheriffs and Chief Deputies. (H.P. 353, L.D. 469)

Ch. 23 - An Act to Clarify the Criminal Code Relative to Strict Liability Crimes. (H.P. 545, L.D. 766)

Ch. 24 - An Act to Clarify Sentencing Alternatives Involving Probation and Unconditional Discharge Under the Criminal Code. (H.P. 570, L.D. 791)

Signed by the Governor
March 22, 1999

Ch. 25 - An Act to Amend the Maine Banking Code as it Pertains to ATM Surcharges. (S.P. 101, L.D. 240)

Signed by the Governor
March 23, 1999

Ch. 26 - An Act to Make Technical Changes in the Marine Resources Laws. (S.P. 284, L.D. 802)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
March 19, 1999

Ch. 2 - Resolve, to Change the Name of the Ridlonville Bridge between Rumford and Mexico to the Veterans Bridge. (S.P. 25, L.D. 7)

(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 26, 1999

L.D. 1956, H.P. 1358
An Act to Limit the Number of Appeals Concerning a Property Tax Assessment. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1957, H.P. 1359
An Act to Require Reimbursement to Municipalities for the Education of Foster Children. (Presented by Representative SHOREY of Calais)

L.D. 1958, H.P. 1360
An Act to Establish Educational Excellence for the Towns of Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1959, H.P. 1361
An Act to Require Payment of the Excise Tax for First-time Vehicle Registration Only. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1960, H.P. 1362
An Act to Change the Names of Divisions within the Bureau of Forestry to More Accurately Reflect the Roles and Duties of Those Divisions. (Presented by Representative GOOLEY of Farmington)

L.D. 1961, H.P. 1363
An Act to Amend the Right of Entry Clauses. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1962, H.P. 1364
An Act to Establish the State Revolving Loan Fund for Small Business Initiatives. (Presented by Representative SHOREY of Calais)

L.D. 1963, H.P. 1365
An Act to Establish the Maine Council on Aging. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1964, H.P. 1366
An Act to Establish the Charter School Authority. (Presented by Representative WESTON of Montville)

L.D. 1965, H.P. 1367
An Act to Establish the Maine Dental Education Loan Program. (Presented by Representative PEAVEY of Woolwich)

L.D. 1966, H.P. 1368
An Act to Require Disclosures in Connection with Transfers of Residential Property. (Presented by Representative CAMERON of Rumford)

L.D. 1967, H.P. 1369
An Act to Assign Responsibility for Juveniles Who Are Not Receiving Schooling. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1968, H.P. 1370
An Act Concerning Recreational and Commercial Trapping. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1969, H.P. 1371
An Act to Revise Certain Provisions of the Medical Examiner Act. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1970, H.P. 1372
An Act to Address the Solvency of the Unemployment Compensation Fund. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1971, S.P. 696
An Act Regarding Property Tax Liens. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1972, S.P. 697
Resolve, to Establish a Commission to Encourage Incorporations in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1973, S.P. 698
An Act to Increase the Availability of Home Care Services for Maine's Elderly. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1974, S.P. 699
Resolve, to Transfer a Parcel of State Land to the Town of Carrabassett Valley. (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Franklin)

L.D. 1975, S.P. 700
An Act to Promote Equitable Educational Opportunities. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1976, S.P. 701
An Act to Amend the Funding Formula Components that Determine the State and Local Share of School Funding. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1977, S.P. 702
An Act to Create the Farmington Falls Standard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Franklin)

L.D. 1978, S.P. 703
An Act to Support the Graduate Education of Speech Pathologists for Maine Schools. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1979, S.P. 704
An Act to Limit the Percentage of Forest Products Harvested from Certain Lands That May Be Sold to a Foreign Country. (Presented by Senator CASSIDY of Washington)

L.D. 1980, S.P. 705
An Act to Provide Labeling for Cider. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1981, S.P. 706
An Act to Revise the Accountancy Laws. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1982, H.P. 1385
An Act to Establish a Lobster Trap Tag Freeze to Limit Effort in the Lobster Fishery. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1983, H.P. 1376
An Act to Assist Independent Contractors to Comply with State Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1984, H.P. 1377
An Act to Establish Department of Human Services Review Panels. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 1985, H.P. 1378
An Act to Require the Labeling of Irradiated Food Sold at Retail. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1986, H.P. 1379
An Act to Authorize Sly Brook to Secede from Eagle Lake and to Deorganize. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 1987, H.P. 1380
An Act to License Hikers, Canoeists, Kayakers and Off-road Bicyclists. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1988, H.P. 1381
An Act to Provide for Benefits to Surviving Dependents of Employees Who Die as a Result of Work Injuries. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1989, H.P. 1382
An Act to Amend Binding Arbitration to Include Salaries, Pensions and Insurance for State, Legislative and Municipal Employees and to Provide a Process for Voting when a Public Employer's Last Offer is Not Selected. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1990, H.P. 1383
An Act to Require Economic and Taking Impact Analyses to Protect Individual Rights. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1991, H.P. 1384
An Act to Protect Customers of Nonbank Cash-dispensing Machines. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1992, H.P. 1386
An Act to Limit Entry into the Lobster Fishery by Zone. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1993, H.P. 1387
An Act to Establish an Appeals Process for Lobster Fishing License Denial. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 1994, H.P. 1389
An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Unlawful Cutting of Trees. (Presented by Representative FOSTER of Gray)

L.D. 1995, H.P. 1390
An Act to Clarify the Workers' Compensation Laws Regarding the Agricultural Laborer Exemption. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1996, H.P. 1391
An Act to Allow the Forfeiture of Firearms Seized during a Lawful Search for Scheduled Drugs. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1997, H.P. 1392
An Act to Amend the Election Laws to Prohibit Signing Nomination Papers for More than the Number of Seats Available. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 1998, H.P. 1393
An Act to Fulfill the Requirements of the Electric Restructuring Act. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1999, H.P. 1394
Resolve, to Create a Committee to Establish a Memorial Dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 2000, H.P. 1395
An Act to Establish the Position of Early Childhood Consultant. (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 2001, H.P. 1396
An Act to Require All Businesses in the State to Obtain a License to Operate in the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 2002, H.P. 1397
An Act to Repeal the Mandatory Seat Belt Law if Approved at Referendum. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 2003, H.P. 1398
An Act to Allow A Municipal Officer to Accept Forfeited Assets to Expedite the Administration of Drug Case Prosecution. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 2004, H.P. 1399
An Act to Clarify the Duties of the State Auditor. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 2005, H.P. 1400
Resolve, to Establish the Maine Forest Policy Round Table Study Commission. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 2006, H.P. 1401
An Act to Eliminate the Dog Licensing Requirement. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 2007, H.P. 1402
An Act to Amend the Laws Concerning Abuse of Domesticated Animals. (Presented by Representative AHEARNE of Madawaska)

L.D. 2008, H.P. 1403
An Act to Amend the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 2009, H.P. 1404
An Act to Redefine Trafficking and Furnishing of Heroin in Terms of the Amount of the Drug Possessed. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 2010, H.P. 1405
An Act to Amend the Maine Lemon Laws. (Presented by Representative McGLOCKLIN of Embden)

L.D. 2011, H.P. 1406
An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Asset Forfeiture. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 2012, H.P. 1407
An Act to More Accurately Describe the Criminal Conduct Committed When a Person Grows or Cultivates Marijuana. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 2013, H.P. 1408
An Act to Allow the East Side of Machiasport to Annex with East Machias. (Presented by Representative GILLIS of Danforth)

L.D. 2014, H.P. 1409
An Act to Institutionalize Substance Abuse Treatment Courts in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Buxton)

L.D. 2015, H.P. 1410
An Act to Amend the Health Care Receivership Laws. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 2016, S.P. 707
An Act to Provide a Reward for Certain Tax Information. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2017, S.P. 708
An Act to Allow the Taking of Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Authority of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2018, H.P. 1411
An Act to Simplify the Rule of Reasonable Belief in the Maine Criminal Code. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 2019, H.P. 1412
An Act to Remove the Statute of Limitations for Unlawful Sexual Contact and Sexual Abuse of Minors. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2020, H.P. 1413
Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement to License an Agency Liquor Store in the City of Caribou. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 2021, H.P. 1414
An Act to Establish the Commission to Propose an Alternative Process for the Payment of Forensic Examinations for Sexual Assault Victims. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 2022, H.P. 1415
An Act to Improve the Marketability of Real Estate Titles. (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 2023, H.P. 1416
An Act to Authorize a Local Option Tax on Wages Earned in a Municipality. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2024, H.P. 1417
An Act to Establish the Local Option Tax on Liquor, Meals and Lodging. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2025, H.P. 1418
An Act to Regulate Unused Property Markets. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 2026, H.P. 1419
An Act to Make Certain Provisions for Exceptional Students Consistent with Federal Laws and Regulations. (Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland)

L.D. 2027, H.P. 1420
An Act to Enable the Formation of Public Charter Schools. (Presented by Representative POWERS of Rockport)

L.D. 2028, H.P. 1421
An Act Pertaining to the Management of Atlantic Salmon. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 2029, H.P. 1422
An Act to Update and Amend the Preferred Provider Arrangement Act. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Bangor)

L.D. 2030, H.P. 1423
An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission Relating to Tribal Land Use Regulation. (Submitted by the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, pursuant to Resolve 1997, chapter 45, section 3. .)

L.D. 2031, H.P. 1424
An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Issuance of a Warrant in the Name of the District Court. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 2032, S.P. 710
An Act to Clarify Maine's Campaign Finance Laws. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 2033, S.P. 711
An Act to Provide the Opportunity for Students from All Parts of the State to Benefit from funding for Higher Education. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 2034, S.P. 712
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Set a Date for Submission of Legislation by the Governor. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 2035, S.P. 713
An Act to Clarify That Sales Catalogs and Fliers are Exempt from Sales Tax when Purchased for Redistribution at No Charge. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 2036, S.P. 714
An Act to Prohibit Deceptive Charitable Solicitations. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2037, S.P. 715
An Act to Revise the Lienholder Notification Law. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 2038, S.P. 716
An Act to Amend the Water Quality Laws to Establish a New Standard for Mercury Discharges. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2039, S.P. 717
An Act to Improve Access to Residential Care in Rural Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 2040, S.P. 718
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Norridgewock Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 2041, S.P. 719
An Act to Eliminate Legislative Pensions. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 2042, S.P. 720
An Act to Update, Clarify and Amend Licensure Requirements for Occupations and Professions and Registrations. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2043, S.P. 723
An Act to Clarify Underinsured Motor Vehicle Coverage. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 2044, S.P. 724
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Pleasant River Standard Water District. (Presented by Senator CASSIDY of Washington)

L.D. 2045, S.P. 725
Resolve, to Establish the Citizens' Advisory Committee to Secure the Future of Maine's Wildlife and Fish. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2046, S.P. 726
An Act to Amend the Powers of Hospital Administrative District No. 1. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 2047, S.P. 727
An Act to Amend the Lead Poisoning Control Act. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 2048, H.P. 1425
An Act to Eliminate the Sales Tax on Fuel Oil Used for Plant and Animal Husbandry. (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 2049, H.P. 1426
An Act Providing Recourse and Protection to Vendors Receiving Bad Checks. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 2050, H.P. 1427
An Act to Permit the Establishment of the Kennebec Valley Center for Arts Education. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 2051, H.P. 1428
An Act to Clarify the Immunity of Law Enforcement Officers in Enforcing Protective Orders. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2052, H.P. 1429
An Act to Prohibit the Use of Juveniles in a Tobacco Enforcement Action. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 2053, H.P. 1430
An Act to Reimburse Program Costs to School Districts at 100% of Actual Cost. (Presented by Representative MAILHOT of Lewiston)

L.D. 2054, H.P. 1431
An Act to Extend New Teachers' Probationary Periods. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 2055, H.P. 1432
An Act to Eliminate the Sales Tax on Labor for Installing Telephone, Telegraph and Related Equipment. (Presented by Representative SKOGLUND of St. George)

L.D. 2056, H.P. 1433
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Secession. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 2057, H.P. 1434
An Act to Amend the Regulation of Dentists Regarding the Use of Anesthesia. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 2058, H.P. 1435
An Act Relative to Insurance Compliance Self-audit. (Presented by Representative MAYO of Bath)

L.D. 2059, H.P. 1436
An Act to Establish the Maine Single-payor Health Care Plan and to Restructure the State Tax System. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 2060, H.P. 1437
An Act to License Home Building Contractors. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 2061, H.P. 1438
An Act to Enhance Harness Racing in the State. (Presented by Representative TESSIER of Fairfield)

L.D. 2062, H.P. 1439
An Act to Require Fishing Boats Rather than Individuals to Be Licensed for Salt Water Commercial Ventures. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

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