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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 19

Monday, May 17, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 7, 1999

Ch. 141 - An Act to Allow Any-deer Permits to be Transferred to Junior Hunters and Hunters 65 Years of Age or Older. (S.P. 83, L.D. 186)

Ch. 142 - An Act to Amend the Lobster Trap Escape Vent Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1139, L.D. 1624)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 10, 1999

Ch. 143 - An Act Regarding the Unbundling of Natural Gas Services. (S.P. 239, L.D. 661)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 11, 1999

Ch. 144 - An Act to Clarify the Law Regarding Executive Sessions of Public Bodies. (H.P. 321, L.D. 437)

Ch. 145 - An Act to Protect Consumers in Real Estate Mortgage Transactions. (S.P. 45, L.D. 116)

Ch. 146 - An Act to Recodify the Auctioneers Licensing Law. (S.P. 321, L.D. 955)

Ch. 147 - An Act to Redefine Hunting. (H.P. 285, L.D. 393)

Ch. 148 - An Act to Allow Authorized Removal of a Beaver Dam Without a Permit. (H.P. 958, L.D. 1356)

Ch. 149 - An Act to Amend the Maine Criminal Code Regarding Improper Gifts. (S.P. 617, L.D. 1782)

Ch. 150 - An Act to Conform Maine's Consumer Credit Laws to Federal Law and Make Other Changes. (S.P. 546, L.D. 1608)

Ch. 151 - An Act to Amend the Petroleum Market Share Act. (S.P. 592, L.D. 1716)

Ch. 152 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Highway 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. 691, L.D. 958) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Ch. 153 - An Act to Allow Noncommercial Whitewater Rafting Clubs to Submit Names of Dues-paying Members Only. (H.P. 435, L.D. 577)

Ch. 154 - An Act Regarding Municipal Firearm Discharge Ordinances. (H.P. 981, L.D. 1379)

Ch. 155 - An Act to Change the Names of Divisions within the Bureau of Forestry to More Accurately Reflect the Roles and Duties of Those Divisions. (H.P. 1362, L.D. 1960)

Ch. 156 - An Act to Clarify Minimum Size Standards for Marine Species under Aquaculture. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 793, L.D. 1116)

Ch. 157 - An Act to Require Legislative Review of Rules Regarding Campaign Report Filing Forms. (S.P. 383, L.D. 1162)

Ch. 158 - An Act Relating to Utilities and Affiliated Interests. (S.P. 439, L.D. 1276)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 13, 1999

Ch. 159 - An Act to Allow Assistants to Physicians to Perform Certain Tasks outside the Direct Supervision of the Physicians. (S.P. 127, L.D. 324)

Ch. 160 - An Act to Require Written Explanation from the Department of Transportation When a Municipal Request to Change a Speed Limit is Denied. (H.P. 258, L.D. 362)

Ch. 161 - An Act to Simplify the Collection of Fees for the Maine Dairy Promotion Board and Maine Dairy Nutrition Council. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 460, L.D. 1335)

Ch. 162 - An Act to Amend the Membership of the Commission on Safety and Health in the Maine Workplace. (H.P. 566, L.D. 787)

Ch. 163 - An Act to Prohibit the Misuse of Laser Pointers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 190, L.D. 268)

Ch. 164 - An Act to Make Commercial Vehicle Weight Limits Consistent with Federal Law. (S.P. 731, L.D. 2081)

Ch. 165 - An Act to Amend the Membership of the Information Services Policy Board. (H.P. 1200, L.D. 1710)

Ch. 166 - An Act to Relate the State Liquor Tax to the Amount Transferred to the General Fund. (S.P. 372, L.D. 1073)

Ch. 167 - An Act to Continue Restorative Justice. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 374, L.D. 1075)

Ch. 168 - An Act to Increase the Amount Retained by Agents Who Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses. (H.P. 237, L.D. 341)

Ch. 169 - An Act to Improve the State Budgeting Process. (S.P. 729, L.D. 2079)

Ch. 170 - An Act Regarding the Operation of a Motorized or Electric Bicycle on a Public Way. (H.P. 1058, L.D. 1489)

Ch. 171 - An Act to Allow the Department of Transportation to Designate No-passing Zones Upon Request From a Municipality. (H.P. 682, L.D. 938)

Ch. 172 - An Act to Amend Maine's Payroll Processing Laws. (S.P. 297, L.D. 869)

Ch. 173 - An Act to Reduce the Cost to Ratepayers of Decommissioning and Nuclear Waste Storage at the Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. (S.P. 468, L.D. 1407)

Ch. 174 - An Act to Conform State Law to Federal Nuclear Power Plant Requirements for Off-site Emergency Planning. (H.P. 924, L.D. 1301)

Ch. 175 - An Act to Provide Labeling for Cider. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 705, L.D. 1980)

Ch. 176 - An Act to Prevent Forgery, Alterations or Counterfeiting of Maine State Lottery Tickets. (S.P. 467, L.D. 1406)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 10, 1999

Ch. 11 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1065, L.D. 1496)

Ch. 12 - An Act to Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1999. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 759, L.D. 2135) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Ch. 13 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Waterville Sewerage District. (S.P. 632, L.D. 1797)

Ch. 14 - An Act Concerning Liens Held by the Freeport Sewer District. (H.P. 1085, L.D. 1532)

Ch. 15 - An Act to Provide for the Collection of Storm Water in the City of Hallowell. (H.P. 966, L.D. 1364)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 13, 1999

Ch. 16 - An Act to Establish the Administrative Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2000. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 32, L.D. 41)

Ch. 17 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Veazie Sewer District. (H.P. 1110, L.D. 1569)

Ch. 18 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the East Pittston Water District. (S.P. 600, L.D. 1723)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 10, 1999

Ch. 20 - Resolve, for Laying of the County Taxes and Authorizing Expenditures of Kennebec County for the Year 1999. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1543, L.D. 2197)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 11, 1999

Ch. 21 - Resolve, to Study Lobster Hatcheries. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 636, L.D. 886)

Ch. 22 - Resolve, to Amend the Requirements for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs. (S.P. 295, L.D. 867)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Ch. 23 - Resolve, to Prevent Tampering With Indian Archeological Sites. (H.P. 738, L.D. 1028)

Ch. 24 - Resolve, Naming the Beach Next to the Lincolnville Ferry Terminal French Beach. (H.P. 264, L.D. 368)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 13, 1999

Ch. 25 - Resolve, to Direct the Department of Labor to Determine the Cost of Providing Toll-free Telephone Access to All Mainers to Apply for Unemployment Compensation Benefits. (H.P. 183, L.D. 261)

Ch. 26 - Resolve, to Direct the Governor to Establish a Commission to Recommend to the Governor Candidate Designs for the Maine State Quarter to be Submitted to the United States Mint. (S.P. 444, L.D. 1319)

Ch. 27 - Resolve, to Direct the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station to Conduct a Pilot Project on Blueberry Cultivation in the St. John River Valley. (H.P. 1007, L.D. 1418)

(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, MAY 14, 1999

L.D. 2223, S.P. 820
An Act to Encourage Continuous Improvement in Pollution Prevention in Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order S. P. 806)

L.D. 2224, H.P. 1577
An Act to Clarify the Definitions of "Contribution" and "Expenditure" under the Campaign Finance Laws. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2225, H.P. 1578
An Act to Permit Certain Referrals by Health Care Practitioners. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2226, H.P. 1579
An Act Relating to Remedies for Unlawful Housing Discrimination. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2227, S.P. 824
An Act to Expand Membership on the Maine Tourism Commission. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 2228, S.P. 825
An Act to Provide for Alternative Treatment of Biomedical Waste. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 2229, H.P. 1580
Resolve, to Extend the Hours for the Sale of Liquor on January 1, 2000. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 2230, S.P. 829
An Act to Promote Community Mental Health Services. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 811.)

L.D. 2231, H.P. 1582
An Act Regarding Long-term Care. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1539.)

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.