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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 16

Monday, April 26, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 16, 1999

Ch. 68 - An Act to Further Decriminalize Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. (H.P. 165, L.D. 227)

Ch. 69 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Conveyance and Reservation of Real Estate. (H.P. 426, L.D. 568)

Ch. 70 - An Act to Establish the Chesuncook Soil Series as the Official State Soil and to Remove Enhanced Protection Status from State Symbols. (S.P. 203, L.D. 592)

Ch. 71 - An Act Relating to Transfer of Ownership of Dams. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 373, L.D. 498)

Ch. 72 - An Act to Consolidate and Improve Agricultural Market Research and New Technology Grants in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to Encourage Economic Development of Maine Farms and Food Processors. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 316, L.D. 950)

Ch. 73 - An Act to Amend the Pulling Event Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 623, L.D. 863)

Ch. 74 - An Act Regarding Commercial Beano Halls. (H.P. 57, L.D. 71)

Ch. 75 - An Act to Amend and Improve the Education Laws. (S.P. 508, L.D. 1509)

Ch. 76 - An Act to Amend the Radon Registration Act. (H.P. 514, L.D. 721)

Ch. 77 - An Act to Modify the State's Safe Drinking Water Laws. (H.P. 802, L.D. 1125)

Ch. 78 - An Act to Increase Adoptions. (H.P. 515, L.D. 722)

Ch. 79 - An Act to Make the Laws Governing State Ambient Air Quality for Ozone and Particulate Matter Consistent with Federal Requirements. (H.P. 549, L.D. 770)

Ch. 80 - An Act to Amend the Enhanced 9-1-1 Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 419, L.D. 1208)

Ch. 81 - An Act to Amend the Law Relating to School Construction and School Facilities. (H.P. 509, L.D. 716)

Ch. 82 - An Act to Increase the Penalties for Violation of Lobster Conservation Laws. (S.P. 285, L.D. 803)

Ch. 83 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Hancock County Budget Process. (H.P. 323, L.D. 439)

Ch. 84 - An Act to Transfer the Regulatory Responsibilities of the Arborist Examining Board to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (H.P. 1025, L.D. 1436)

Ch. 85 - An Act to Establish a Marine Recreation Fishing Conservation and Management Fund and a Marine Recreational Fishing Advisory Council. (H.P. 516, L.D. 723)

Ch. 86 - An Act to Amend the Site Evaluator Licensing Laws. (H.P. 853, L.D. 1210)

Ch. 87 - An Act to Excuse Elections Staff from Jury Duty When Needed to Perform Election Functions. (H.P. 325, L.D. 441)

Ch. 88 - An Act to Clarify Certain Liens. (S.P. 313, L.D. 947)

Ch. 89 - An Act to Extend the Penobscot County Budget Committee. (H.P. 667, L.D. 923)

Ch. 90 - An Act Concerning Minors' Consent for Services. (H.P. 492, L.D. 699)

Ch. 91 - An Act to Amend the Membership of the State Board of Funeral Service. (H.P. 305, L.D. 421)

Ch. 92 - An Act to Increase the Penalty for Failure to Yield the Right-of-way to a Visually Impaired Pedestrian. (S.P. 233, L.D. 655)

Ch. 93 - An Act to Require Public Hearings for School Administrative District Referenda. (H.P. 461, L.D. 624)

Ch. 94 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding the Scallop Fishing Season and Scallop Fishing Gear Requirements. (H.P. 651, L.D. 901)

Ch. 95 - An Act to Permit Local Control and Funding of An Educational Building in Accordance With a Municipal Charter. (S.P. 280, L.D. 798)

Ch. 96 - An Act to Remove Certain Records Concerning Minors From the Definition of "Public Records". (S.P. 301, L.D. 874)

Ch. 97 - An Act to Clarify the Law Regarding the Payment of the Application Fee for a Motorcycle Dealer License. (H.P. 580, L.D. 820)

Ch. 98 - An Act to Increase the Number of Elm Trees in the State. (H.P. 487, L.D. 694)

Ch. 99 - An Act to Increase Fines for Long-term Care Facilities that Fail to Provide Quality Care to Residents. (S.P. 361, L.D. 1065)

Ch. 100 - An Act to Amend Agency Disclosure within the Real Estate Brokerage Laws. (H.P. 1028, L.D. 1450)

Ch. 101 - An Act to Require Motor Vehicles to Stop for All Pedestrians in a Marked Crosswalk. (H.P. 742, L.D. 1032)

Ch. 102 - An Act to Increase the Contingency Reserve Fund Percentage for Consumer-owned Electric Utilities. (S.P. 496, L.D. 1481)

Ch. 103 - An Act to Prevent Minors from Acquiring Beer-making or Wine-making Equipment. (S.P. 376, L.D. 1077)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 16, 1999

Ch. 7 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Department of Electric Works Within the Town of Madison. (H.P. 229, L.D. 333)

Ch. 8 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Tenants Harbor Standard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 428, L.D. 1265)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 16, 1999

Ch. 11 - Resolve, to Transfer Land in Edmunds. (H.P. 656, L.D. 912)

Ch. 12 - Resolve, to Increase Public Trust in Medical Care. (H.P. 722, L.D. 1012)

Ch. 13 - Resolve, to Authorize the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands to Exchange Land between the State and Pownal Relating to Bradbury Mountain State Park. (H.P. 1045, L.D. 1467)

Ch. 14 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 64: Maine School Facilities Finance Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 469, L.D. 632)

(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 23, 1999

L.D. 2203, S.P. 790
An Act to Appropriate Funds for the Welfare-to-work Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 2204, S.P. 792
An Act to Amend the Calculation of Service Credits Under the Maine State Retirement System Pertaining to the Comprehensive Education and Training Act of 1973 Employees. (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 2205, H.P. 1548
An Act to Require Legislative Approval of the Automation of 2 Drawbridges between Kittery and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Eliot)

L.D. 2206, H.P. 1549
An Act to Implement an Atlantic Salmon Conservation Plan. (Presented by Representative DUGAY of Cherryfield)

L.D. 2207, H.P. 1550
An Act to Eliminate the Personal Property Tax and Make Other Changes in the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2208, H.P. 1551
An Act to Remove Restrictions on Changeable Signs. (Presented by Representative MacDOUGALL of North Berwick)

L.D. 2209, S.P. 794
Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Include Asset Depreciation with Respect to Commercial Fishing Vessels in Establishing Eligibility for the Cub Care Program. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 2210, H.P. 1553
An Act to Encourage Expanded Use of Maine's Port Facilities. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Winterport)

L.D. 2211, H.P. 1554
Resolve, to Modify the State Valuation for the Sappi Plant in the City of Westbrook. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 2212, H.P. 1555
An Act to Revise Laws Regarding Persons with Mental Retardation. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 2213, H.P. 1557
An Act to Create and Regulate the Profession of Legal Document Technician. (Presented by Representative STEDMAN of Hartland)

L.D. 2214, H.P. 1558
An Act to Reinstate the Death Penalty. (Presented by Representative PLOWMAN of Hampden)

L.D. 2215, H.P. 1563
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission on Eating Disorders. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1501.)

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.