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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 14

Monday, April 12, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 2, 1999

Ch. 44 - An Act to Delay Implementation of a Separate Community Rate for Individuals Eligible for Medicare. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 23, L.D. 33)

Ch. 45 - An Act Regarding General Assistance. (H.P. 179, L.D. 257)

Ch. 46 - An Act to Give the Probate Court Power to Order Child Support in Cases Involving Guardianship of a Minor. (S.P. 27, L.D. 38)

Ch. 47 - An Act to Require Auctions for Confiscated Firearms. (H.P. 86, L.D. 99)

Ch. 48 - An Act to Provide Farm Cooperatives More Flexibility in Establishing Officers and Using Titles for Various Officers. (H.P. 770, L.D. 1093)

Ch. 49 - An Act to Clarify the Membership of the Somerset County Budget Committee. (H.P. 416, L.D. 558)

Ch. 50 - An Act to Clarify the Duty of Insurance Agencies to Keep Records. (H.P. 438, L.D. 601)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 5, 1999

Ch. 51 - An Act to Rename the Harassment Based on Characteristic Law. (H.P. 582, L.D. 822)

Ch. 52 - An Act to Strengthen Marine Fisheries Conservation Protection. (S.P. 283, L.D. 801)

Ch. 53 - An Act Regarding Hunting Implements. (H.P. 286, L.D. 394)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 6, 1999

Ch. 54 - An Act to Protect Citizens from the Detrimental Effects of Tobacco. (H.P. 951, L.D. 1349)

Ch. 55 - An Act to Prohibit the Negotiation of Severance Pay Lower than the State Minimum. (S.P. 156, L.D. 476)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 7, 1999

Ch. 56 - An Act to Clarify the Authority of the Maine Milk Commission. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 451, L.D. 1326)

Ch. 57 - An Act to Repeal the Chemical Substance Identification Law. (H.P. 432, L.D. 574)

Ch. 58 - An Act to Transfer Responsibilities of the Advisory Committee on Improving Outdoor Recreational Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities to the Statewide Independent Living Council. (H.P. 642, L.D. 892)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 2, 1999

Ch. 3 - An Act to Repeal the Authorization of Lucerne-in-Maine Village Corporation to Construct Dams and Fishways. (H.P. 717, L.D. 1007)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 5, 1999

Ch. 8 - Resolve, to Permit the Maine Warden Service to Return a Donated All-terrain Vehicle to the Donor. (H.P. 349, L.D. 465)

Ch. 9 - Resolve, to Name the Route 160 Bridge in Brownfield Spanning the Saco River the Charles E. Hill Memorial Bridge. (H.P. 551, L.D. 772)

(Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 126, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 1999

L.D. 2153, H.P. 1508
An Act to Modify the Campaign Finance Laws with Regard to Running for Federal Office. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 2154, H.P. 1509
An Act to Amend the Electric Industry Restructuring Laws. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 2155, S.P. 763
Resolve, to Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission to Establish a Comprehensive Internet Policy. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2156, S.P. 764
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Construction of Salt and Sand Storage Facilities. (Presented by Senator O'GARA of Cumberland)

L.D. 2157, S.P. 765
An Act to Amend the Laws Concerning Life and Health Insurance. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 2158, S.P. 768
An Act to Authorize Matinicus Isle Plantation to Implement a Disposal Fee for Motorized Vehicles. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 2159, H.P. 1511
An Act to Reimburse Androscoggin County for Shortfalls in State Reimbursement for Jail Costs. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 2160, H.P. 1512
An Act to Stop the Construction of the Prison at Warren. (Presented by Representative SKOGLUND of St. George)

L.D. 2161, H.P. 1513
An Act to Prohibit a Telephone Utility from Charging a Toll-call Rate for a Telephone Call Made from a Municipality to a Point in that same Municipality. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 2162, H.P. 1514
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow Persons with Mental Illness to Vote. (Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland)

L.D. 2163, H.P. 1515
An Act to Require Contractor Registration. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 2164, H.P. 1516
An Act to Enhance Access to Technology for Maine Schools and Libraries. (Presented by Representative DAVIDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 2165, H.P. 1517
An Act to Provide a Sales Tax Credit on the First $2000 of the Purchase Price of Certain Automobiles. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2166, H.P. 1518
An Act to Enhance Communications Between the Department of Corrections, the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Agencies. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2167, S.P. 769
An Act to Ensure the Availability of Funds for Tobacco Prevention and Control. (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2168, S.P. 770
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the State Compensation Commission. (Submitted by the State Compensation Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 2-B, subsection 5.)

L.D. 2169, H.P. 1519
An Act to Establish the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2170, H.P. 1520
An Act to Establish a School Voucher Program. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 2171, H.P. 1521
Resolve, to Require the Department of Transportation to Build a Truck Escape Ramp on Route 16 in Bingham. (Presented by Representative McGLOCKLIN of Embden)

L.D. 2172, H.P. 1522
An Act Requiring That the Costs of Transporting Highway Construction and Maintenance Materials to Isle au Haut by Barge or Ferry be Paid from the Highway Fund. (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 2173, H.P. 1523
An Act to Create the Maine Surrogacy Law. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 2174, S.P. 775
An Act to Protect the Citizens of Maine from the Dangers of Counterfeit Consumer Goods. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2175, S.P. 776
An Act to Amend the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2176, S.P. 777
An Act to Prohibit State Government from Using Automated Telephone Answering Equipment During Business Hours. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator KIEFFER of Aroostook)

L.D. 2177, S.P. 778
An Act to Require the Spouse of a Member of the Maine State Retirement System to Receive the Member's Death Benefits. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 2178, H.P. 1525
An Act to Amend the Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Concerning the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 2179, H.P. 1526
Resolve, to Address Liquidation Harvesting. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 2180, H.P. 1527
An Act to Promote Participation in the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2181, H.P. 1528
Resolve, to Help Homeless Young People Returning to Home or Safe Living Situations. (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2182, H.P. 1529
An Act to Improve Air Quality through Market Incentives for the Purchase of Cleaner Vehicles. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 2183, H.P. 1530
An Act to Clarify Provisions of the Laws Administered by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1007.)

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.