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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 13

Monday, April 5, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
March 25, 1999

Ch. 27 - An Act to Designate Wintergreen as the State Herb. (H.P. 12, L.D. 22)

Signed by the Governor
March 26, 1999

Ch. 28 - An Act to Allow the Bureau of Labor Standards to Better Secure Payment of Unpaid Wages and Severance Pay for Workers. (H.P. 128, L.D. 159)

Ch. 29 - An Act to Expand the Use of Emergency Equipment on Vehicles Operated by Liquor Enforcement Officers. (H.P. 269, L.D. 378)

Ch. 30 - An Act to Prohibit the Employment of Minors in Places Providing Nude Entertainment. (H.P. 199, L.D. 277)

Ch. 31 - An Act to Change the Selection Process of the Oxford County Budget Committee. (S.P. 20, L.D. 12)

Ch. 32 - An Act Regarding Persons Who May Draw Blood for Blood Tests. (H.P. 196, L.D. 274)

Signed by the Governor
March 29, 1999

Ch. 33 - An Act to Extend the Management Plan Requirement for Forest Owners under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 647, L.D. 897)

Ch. 34 - An Act to Clarify the Criteria for Renewal of Agency Liquor Store Licenses. (H.P. 263, L.D. 367)

Ch. 35 - An Act to Allow Preliminary Steps to be Taken in Preparation for the Mandatory Use of Conviction Data in Teacher Screening. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 274, L.D. 792)

Ch. 36 - An Act to Make Maine Medicare Supplement Insurance Laws Consistent with Federal Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 48, L.D. 119)

Ch. 37 - An Act to Amend the Revised Maine Securities Act. (S.P. 152, L.D. 472)

Ch. 38 - An Act to Release Estate Tax Liens on Certain Real Estate. (H.P. 161, L.D. 223)

Ch. 39 - An Act to Form a New Local Education Agency. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 532, L.D. 739)

Signed by the Governor
March 30, 1999

Ch. 40 - An Act to Allow Review of Examination-related Issues in Executive Session. (H.P. 126, L.D. 157)

Ch. 41 - An Act to Allow Police Employees to Issue Temporary Permits to Operate Unregistered and Uninspected Vehicles. (H.P. 233, L.D. 337)

Ch. 42 - An Act to Exempt Free Clinics from Payment of Pharmaceutical Registration Fees. (S.P. 168, L.D. 505)

Ch. 43 - An Act to Fulfill the Requirements of the Electric Restructuring Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1393, L.D. 1998)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
March 29, 1999

Ch. 3 - Resolve, to Create a Study Group Regarding Pharmaceutical Guidelines for Geriatric Residents in Long-term Care Settings. (H.P. 326, L.D. 442)

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 15: Fees, Section 15.8: Inspection Fees-Tramway, a Major Substantive Rule of the Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 19, L.D. 29)

Ch. 5 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 8: Fees, Section 1, a Major Substantive Rule of the Board of Veterinary Medicine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 21, L.D. 31)

Ch. 6 - Resolve, Authorizing the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Land to Convey a Well and Waterline Easement. (S.P. 270, L.D. 763)

Signed by the Governor
March 30, 1999

Ch. 7 - Resolve, Directing a Study of the Needs of the Elderly Population with Mental Retardation. (H.P. 82, L.D. 95)

(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, APRIL 2, 1999

L.D. 2063, H.P. 1442
An Act to Maintain Protection of Sand Dunes Under Existing Law. (Presented by Representative COLLINS of Wells)

L.D. 2064, H.P. 1443
An Act to Increase Load Weight on Farm Vehicles. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 2065, H.P. 1444
An Act to Amend the Posting Requirements of Harvested Wood Lots. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 2066, H.P. 1445
An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Slash Disposal along Highways and Railroad and Utility Corridors. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 2067, H.P. 1446
An Act to Expand Pretrial Services for the Bail and Supervision of Criminal Defendants Statewide. (Presented by Representative FRECHETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 2068, H.P. 1447
An Act to Create a State House Citizen Participation and Lobby Center. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 2069, H.P. 1448
An Act to Establish a Critical Incident Review Panel Regarding Physical Force Used by Officers Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death to Another Person. (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 2070, H.P. 1449
An Act to Protect Library Materials in Circulation and to Designate Secure Archival Repositories. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 2071, H.P. 1450
An Act Concerning Penalties under the Maine Tree Growth Law and the Farm and Open Space Law. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 2072, H.P. 1451
An Act to Clarify the Admissibility of Electronic Records and Signatures. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 2073, H.P. 1452
An Act to Amend the Workers' Compensation Laws Pertaining to Attorney's Fees. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 2074, H.P. 1453
An Act to Allow Local School Officials Greater Freedom in Disciplining Students. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 2075, H.P. 1454
An Act to Amend the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 as it Pertains to Occupational Health. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 2076, H.P. 1455
An Act to Move the Monitoring, Auditing and Enforcement of Workers' Compensation Payments to the Bureau of Insurance. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 2077, H.P. 1456
An Act to Transfer the Child Development Services System to the Department of Human Services. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2078, S.P. 728
An Act Allowing Increased Flexibility of Swing Beds. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 2079, S.P. 729
An Act to Improve the State Budgeting Process. (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 2080, S.P. 730
An Act to Provide Public School Choice. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 2081, S.P. 731
An Act to Make Commercial Vehicle Weight Limits Consistent with Federal Law. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 2082, S.P. 732
An Act to Reduce the Cost of Prescription Drugs to Residents of the State. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 2083, S.P. 733
An Act Regarding Out-of-District Placement. (Presented by Senator FERGUSON of Oxford)

L.D. 2084, S.P. 734
An Act to Reduce the Release of Mercury into the Environment from Consumer Products. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 2085, S.P. 735
An Act to Update the Statutes and Provide for the Basic Needs of the Maine Conservation Corps. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2086, S.P. 736
An Act to Preserve the State's Farm Economy and Heritage. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 2087, S.P. 737
An Act to Establish the Public Resources and Information for Maine Foundation. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2088, S.P. 738
An Act to Revise Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2089, S.P. 740
An Act to Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount of $56,616,000 to Match Available Federal Funds for Improvements to Highways and Bridges, Airports and State-owned Ferry Facilities; Development of Rail Corridors and Marine Infrastructure; and Replacement of Public Transportation Fleets Statewide. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 2090, H.P. 1458
An Act to Require that Employees in 24-Hour Convenience Stores Have Access to Telephones and Alarms. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2091, H.P. 1459
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Richmond Utilities District. (Presented by Representative SHIAH of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 2092, H.P. 1460
An Act to Require Legislative Approval to Lease Certain Land to the Federal Government. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

L.D. 2093, H.P. 1461
An Act to Authorize the Disposition of Forfeited Firearms. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 2094, H.P. 1462
An Act to Change the Fine for Speeding in a School Zone. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2095, H.P. 1463
An Act to Stagger Registration for Watercraft, All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 2096, H.P. 1464
An Act Requiring Timely Reimbursement of Health Insurance Claims. (Presented by Representative SHIELDS of Auburn)

L.D. 2097, H.P. 1465
Resolve, Establishing the Commission on Dental and Mental Health Services for Children. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2098, H.P. 1466
An Act to Improve the Safety of Firefighters. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 2099, H.P. 1467
An Act to Provide Increased Access to Dental Care in Maine. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2100, S.P. 741
An Act to Allow Workers' Compensation Board Advocates to Prioritize and Decline Cases. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 2101, S.P. 742
An Act to Enhance the Maine State College Savings Program. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 2102, S.P. 743
An Act to Exempt from Use Tax Merchandise that is Donated to a Nonprofit Organization. (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2103, S.P. 744
An Act to Appropriate $125,000 for the Fort Knox Visitor Center. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2104, S.P. 745
An Act to Provide Equity for Unemployment Compensation. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2105, S.P. 746
An Act to Improve the Maine Economy Through Small Businesses. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 2106, S.P. 747
An Act to Allow Nonprofit Corporations to Retain Small Levels of Profits Realized on State Contracts. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 2107, S.P. 748
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $20,500,000 to Construct Water Pollution Control Facilities and Make Other Environmental Improvements. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 2108, S.P. 749
An Act to Clarify the Equine Activity Law. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2109, I.B. 2
An Act to Permit the Medical Use of Marijuana. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 119th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 18, 1999)

L.D. 2110, H.P. 1470
An Act to Ensure Adequate Nutrition for Low-income Legal Aliens. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2111, H.P. 1471
An Act to Implement Funding the Recommendations of the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness and Housing Opportunities in the November 1997 Task Force Report. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2112, H.P. 1472
An Act to Allow Doctors of Dentistry to Prescribe Physical Therapy. (Presented by Representative PLOWMAN of Hampden)

L.D. 2113, H.P. 1473
Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Conduct a Review of the Reimbursement Rates under the Medicaid Program for Speech, Language Pathology and Audiology Services. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2114, H.P. 1474
An Act to Reduce Sales and Use Taxes and Address Volatility Within the State's Revenue System. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2115, H.P. 1475
An Act to Promote Economic Development in Western Maine. (Presented by Representative GOOLEY of Farmington)

L.D. 2116, H.P. 1476
An Act to Provide Funds for a National World War II Memorial in Washington. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 2117, H.P. 1477
An Act to Improve Responsible Check Writing. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 2118, H.P. 1478
Resolve, to Establish the Study Commission to Create and Submit a Master Plan for the Future Use of the Existing Land and Buildings at the Maine Youth Center. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2119, H.P. 1479
An Act to Enhance Competition and Public Health. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 2120, H.P. 1480
Resolve, Establishing an Improved Capital Planning Process. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 2121, H.P. 1481
An Act Regarding Regulations and Compensation to Property Owners. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 2122, H.P. 1482
An Act to Base the Rate of Tax Imposed on Married Couples Solely on Income Earned in this State. (Presented by Representative LEMONT of Kittery)

L.D. 2123, H.P. 1483
An Act to Require a 24-hour Waiting Period before an Abortion May Be Performed. (Presented by Representative AHEARNE of Madawaska)

L.D. 2124, H.P. 1484
An Act to Change the State Retirement System from a Defined Benefit Plan to a Defined Contribution Plan. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 2125, H.P. 1485
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Target Industries Committee to Promote Research and Development Activities in Maine. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2126, H.P. 1488
An Act to Enforce the Laws Governing Family Medical Leave. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2127, H.P. 1489
An Act to Allow the Direct Submission to Voters of Municipal Charter Revisions. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 2128, H.P. 1490
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Licensure of Dental Hygienists. (Presented by Representative LOVETT of Scarborough)

L.D. 2129, H.P. 1491
An Act to Bring Certain Criminal Code Provisions Addressing Fines Into Conformity with Recently Amended Criminal Code Provisions Addressing Restitution. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 2130, S.P. 754
An Act to Extend the Jurisdiction of the Real Estate Commission. (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2131, S.P. 755
An Act to Ensure that Agency Use of Collaborative Decision-making and Stakeholder Processes is Fair and Consistent with the Goals of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 2132, S.P. 756
An Act to Consolidate Traffic Movement Permits within the Department of Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 2133, S.P. 757
Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to Simplify the Reporting Form for Candidates. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 2134, S.P. 758
An Act to Improve Maine's Ballot Access Law. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 2135, S.P. 759
An Act to Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1999. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 2136, S.P. 760
An Act to Create the Capital Riverfront Improvement District. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 2137, H.P. 1493
An Act to Prohibit Motor Vehicles on Certain Lakes. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2138, H.P. 1494
An Act to Permit the Transfer of Liabilities by a Member of a Workers' Compensation Group Self-insurer. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2139, H.P. 1495
An Act to Allow Authorized Emergency Vehicles to Display a Blue Light on the Rear of the Vehicle. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 2140, H.P. 1496
An Act to Enhance the Economic Security of Low-income Households with Respect to Utility Service. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 2141, H.P. 1497
An Act to Remove the Limit on the Amount of Complimentary Wine that a Wine Retailer may Receive Annually. (Presented by Representative MUSE of South Portland)

L.D. 2142, H.P. 1498
An Act to Change Laws Pertaining to the Loring Development Authority of Maine. (Presented by Representative O'NEAL of Limestone)

L.D. 2143, H.P. 1499
An Act to Reduce the Income Tax. (Presented by Representative CIANCHETTE of South Portland)

L.D. 2144, H.P. 1500
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $50,000,000 to Finance the Acquisition of Lands and Interests in Lands for Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Habitat and Farmland Protection and to Access $25,000,000 in Matching Contributions from Public and Private Sources. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 2145, H.P. 1504
An Act to Fund Continuing Public Access to Maine Lands. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2146, H.P. 1502
An Act to Exempt from Registration Agricultural Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative DESMOND of Mapleton)

L.D. 2147, H.P. 1503
An Act to Ensure Just Cause Termination in Employment. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Dixfield)

L.D. 2148, H.P. 1505
An Act to Improve Harness Racing in the State. (Presented by Representative TESSIER of Fairfield)

L.D. 2149, H.P. 1506
An Act to Amend Motor Vehicle Title Laws. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Eliot)

L.D. 2150, H.P. 1507
An Act to Ensure Community-based Services for Persons With Mental Retardation or Autism. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2151, S.P. 761
An Act to Revise the State's Water Quality Standards. (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2152, S.P. 762
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Financial Institutions. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

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.