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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 20

Monday, May 24, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 17, 1999

Ch. 177 - An Act to Add Members to the Maine Turnpike Authority. (H.P. 1018, L.D. 1429)

Ch. 178 - An Act to Enable Counties to Establish Electricity Agencies. (H.P. 192, L.D. 270)

Ch. 179 - An Act to Change the Way Nursery License Fees Are Established. (H.P. 537, L.D. 744)

Ch. 180 - An Act to Amend the Provisions Relating to Executive Sessions in Connection with the Transaction of Public or Government Business. (S.P. 94, L.D. 233)

Ch. 181 - An Act to Allow the Bureau of Labor Standards to Assess Administrative Civil Money Penalties for Labor Law Violations. (H.P. 693, L.D. 960)

Ch. 182 - An Act to Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982. (H.P. 1051, L.D. 1473)

Ch. 183 - An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (S.P. 317, L.D. 951)

Ch. 184 - An Act to Make Minor Corrections to the Laws Governing Financial Regulation and Debt Collection. (H.P. 1023, L.D. 1434)

Ch. 185 - An Act to Reorganize the Real Estate Appraisers Law. (H.P. 1026, L.D. 1437)

Ch. 186 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Professional Engineers. (S.P. 556, L.D. 1618)

Ch. 187 - An Act to Strengthen Enforcement of Lobster Trap Limits. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 452, L.D. 1327)

Ch. 188 - An Act Regarding the Boundaries of State and State Aid Highways. (S.P. 570, L.D. 1637)

Ch. 189 - An Act Regarding Foster Parents. (H.P. 67, L.D. 80)

Ch. 190 - An Act to Prohibit the Misuse of Identification. (H.P. 162, L.D. 224)

Ch. 191 - An Act to Ensure That Sales Free and Clear of Liens Through Bankruptcy Do Not Result in the Acquisition of a Predecessor Employer's Experience for the Purpose of Contribution Rate Determination. (S.P. 562, L.D. 1629)

Ch. 192 - An Act to Expedite Disputes among Commercial Landlords and Tenants. (S.P. 266, L.D. 759)

Ch. 193 - An Act to Protect the Environment by Phasing Out the Use of Old Transformers that are Potential Sources of PCB Pollution. (S.P. 243, L.D. 665)

Ch. 194 - An Act to Further Discourage the Field Theft of Wild Blueberries. (H.P. 529, L.D. 736)

Ch. 195 - An Act to Expressly Treat Involuntary Conduct as a Defense in the Maine Criminal Code (H.P. 1267, L.D.1821)

Ch. 196 - An Act Addressing an Allegation of Prior Conviction When the Sentence Is Enhanced. (H.P. 950, L.D. 1347)

Ch. 197 - An Act Concerning Service Relating to the Disclosure of Financial Records. (H.P. 1161, L.D. 1672)

Ch. 198 - An Act to Amend the Habitual Truancy Law. (H.P. 1211, L.D. 1740)

Ch. 199 - An Act to Bring Certain Maine Drug Test Levels into Conformity With Federal Standards. (S.P. 351, L.D. 1055)

Ch. 200 - An Act to Require That Certified Public Accounting and Public Accounting Firms Have a Majority of Their Owners Hold Certificates. (H.P. 685, L.D. 941)

Ch. 201 - An Act to Ensure that Workers' Compensation Death Benefits are Paid to Dependents Without Regard to Country of Residence. (H.P. 954, L.D. 1352)

Ch. 202 - An Act to Require That a Translator Be Available to Employees In the Workers' Compensation Process. (H.P. 726, L.D. 1016)

Ch. 203 - An Act to Clarify Municipal Obligations to an Unlicensed Mobile Home Park. (S.P. 367, L.D. 1068)

Ch. 204 - An Act to Clarify Landlord Access to Premises in Residential Tenancies. (S.P. 385, L.D. 1164)

Ch. 205 - An Act to Amend the Maine Banking Code Regarding Extensions of Credit. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 595, L.D. 1719)

Ch. 206 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Relating to Nonstate-funded School Construction Projects Approved by the Commissioner of Education that Replace Existing School Buildings. (S.P. 349, L.D. 1053)

Ch. 207 - An Act to Revise the Lienholder Notification Law. (S.P. 715, L.D. 2037)

Ch. 208 - An Act to Clarify the Duties of the State Auditor. (H.P. 1399, L.D. 2004)

Ch. 209 - An Act to Provide Immunity to Enhanced 9-1-1 Developers and Providers. (H.P. 1185, L.D. 1695)

Ch. 210 - An Act to Enhance Equity Under the Maine Milk Pool Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 489, L.D. 1474)

Ch. 211 - An Act Relating to New and Used Car Document Fees. (H.P. 1210, L.D. 1739)

Ch. 212 - An Act to Amend the Maine Lemon Laws. (H.P. 1405, L.D. 2010)

Ch. 213 - An Act to Amend the Treatment of Security Deposits Upon the Sale of a Building. (S.P. 443, L.D. 1318)

Ch. 214 - An Act Concerning Licensure of Chiropractors. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 784, L.D. 2199)

Ch. 215 - An Act Regarding Notification to Parties Affected by Marine Construction. (H.P. 969, L.D. 1367)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 18, 1999

Ch. 216 - An Act to Provide Educational Opportunities for Persons Who Resided in Foster Care as Children. (H.P. 501, L.D. 708)

Ch. 217 - An Act to Amend the Laws Establishing a State Poet Laureate. (S.P. 259, L.D. 754)

Ch. 218 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Financial Institutions. (S.P. 762, L.D. 2152)

Ch. 219 - An Act Regarding Shooting Over or From a Public Paved Way. (H.P. 296, L.D. 404)

Ch. 220 - An Act Regarding Exhibition of Licenses from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (H.P. 232, L.D. 336)

Ch. 221 - An Act to Prohibit Deceptive Charitable Solicitations. (S.P. 714, L.D. 2036)

Ch. 222 - An Act to Clarify Basic Health Care Services to be Offered by Maine Health Maintenance Organizations. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 584, L.D. 1664)

Ch. 223 - An Act to Clarify the Law Concerning Representations Made in Insurance Contracts. (H.P. 1233, L.D. 1762)

Ch. 224 - An Act to Change Certified Public Accountant Experience Requirements for Employees of the Department of Audit. (S.P. 247, L.D. 669)

Ch. 225 - An Act to Clarify the Definition and Licensure of Insurance Consultants, Financial Planners and Investment Advisors. (S.P. 639, L.D. 1806)

Ch. 226 - An Act Regarding Funding for Applied Technology Centers. (S.P. 628, L.D. 1793)

Ch. 227 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study the Funding and Distribution of Teletypewriters and Other Telecommunications Equipment for People with Disabilities. (S.P. 530, L.D. 1563)

Ch. 228 - An Act to Increase Internal Plumbing Fees and Remedy Inconsistencies in Plumbing Laws. (H.P. 803, L.D. 1126)

Ch. 229 - An Act to Protect Customers of Nonbank Cash-dispensing Machines. (H.P. 1384, L.D. 1991)

Ch. 230 - An Act to Require the Holder or Servicer of a Mortgage to Record the Discharge Within 60 Days. (H.P. 1127, L.D. 1586)

Ch. 231 - An Act Relating to Governmental Aggregation Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 497, L.D. 704)

Ch. 232 - An Act to Amend the Abandoned Property Laws. (H.P. 1162, L.D. 1673)

Ch. 233 - An Act to Restore the Distribution Formula Between Private and Public Colleges within the Maine Student Incentive Scholarship Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 635, L.D. 1802)

Ch. 234 - An Act to Extend Certain Survivor Benefits to the Spouses and Children of Emergency Medical Services Providers. (H.P. 1197, L.D. 1707)

Ch. 235 - An Act Promoting Technology in Business Recordkeeping. (H.P. 985, L.D. 1383)

Ch. 236 - An Act to Amend the Liquor Licensing Laws Regarding Bed and Breakfasts. (H.P. 913, L.D. 1291)

Ch. 237 - An Act Authorizing the Release of Information to a Competitive Electricity Provider. (H.P. 857, L.D. 1214)

Ch. 238 - An Act to Ensure Support Services for Teachers Serving Under a Certification Waiver. (S.P. 461, L.D. 1348)

Ch. 239 - An Act to Clarify the Definition of Terms Relating to Scheduled Drugs. (H.P. 1107, L.D. 1566)

Ch. 240 - An Act to Require Legislative Approval to Lease Certain Land to the Federal Government. (H.P. 1460, L.D. 2092)

Ch. 241 - An Act to Amend the Calculation of Service Credits Under the Maine State Retirement System Pertaining to the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973 Employees. (S.P. 792, L.D. 2204)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Ch. 242 - An Act to Prevent Conflicts of Interest. (H.P. 1337, L.D. 1920)

Ch. 243 - An Act to Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land and Water Quality. (H.P. 837, L.D. 1160)

Ch. 244 - An Act Concerning the Sea Urchin Fishery. (H.P. 1275, L.D. 1836)

Ch. 245 - An Act to Revise the Accountancy Laws. (S.P. 706, L.D. 1981)

Ch. 246 - An Act to Revise Procedures for Probation Revocation. (H.P. 1310, L.D. 1871)

Ch. 247 - An Act to Amend the Home-release Monitoring Program. (H.P. 1198, L.D. 1708)

Ch. 248 - An Act to Clarify 7-day Evictions in Tenancies at Will. (S.P. 623, L.D. 1788)

Ch. 249 - An Act to Allow Military Personnel Home on Leave to Purchase a Hunting or Fishing License for $10. (S.P. 464, L.D. 1403)

Ch. 250 - An Act to Allow Former Employees of Head Start Credit in the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 743, L.D. 1033)

Ch. 251 - An Act Regarding the Effective Date of Guardian Ad Litem Training. (H.P. 856, L.D. 1213)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 20, 1999

Ch. 252 - An Act to Require All Voting Places to be Accessible. (H.P. 74, L.D. 87)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 17, 1999

Ch. 19 - An Act to Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2000. (H.P. 396, L.D. 527)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Ch. 20 - An Act Confirming the Charter of the Addison Point Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1153, L.D. 1650)

Ch. 21 - An Act to Create the Farmington Falls Standard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 702, L.D. 1977)

Ch. 22 - An Act to Repeal the Charter of the Pleasant River Standard Water District. (S.P. 724, L.D. 2044)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 17, 1999

Ch. 28 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Conduct a Review of Certain Reimbursement Rates under the Medicaid Program. (H.P. 1473, L.D. 2113)

Ch. 29 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Study Methods to Increase Access to Health Care for Low-income Maine People. (H.P. 605, L.D. 845)

Ch. 30 - Resolve, to Study the Confidentiality of Information Regarding Persons Receiving Services Funded in Whole or in Part by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. (H.P. 518, L.D. 725)

Ch. 31 - Resolve, Regarding Assessment for Long-term Care. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 735, L.D. 1025)

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Relating to Basic Service Calling Areas. (S.P. 405, L.D. 1194)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 18, 1999

Ch. 33 - Resolve, to Name the State Office Building the Burton M. Cross Building. (H.P. 172, L.D. 250)

Ch. 34 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 306: Uniform Disclosure and Informational Filing Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1173, L.D. 1684)

Ch. 35 - Resolve, Establishing an Improved Capital Planning Process. (H.P. 1480, L.D. 2120)

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 304: Standard of Conduct for Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Affiliated Competitive Electricity Providers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 548, L.D. 769)

Ch. 37 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 301: Standard Offer Service, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 547, L.D. 768)

Ch. 38 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 307: Sale of Capacity and Energy of Undivested Generation Assets, Extension of Divestiture Deadline, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1172, L.D. 1683)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Ch. 39 - Resolve, to Authorize the Knox County Commissioners to Hold a Referendum Election in November 1999 to Borrow Not More than $500,000 to Construct the Knox County Communications Center. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 40, L.D. 54)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 20, 1999

Ch. 40 - Resolve, That the Director of the Maine State Museum Shall Include the Portraits of Outstanding Indians in the State House. (H.P. 1315, L.D. 1898)

(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 21, 1999

L.D. 2232, S.P. 832
An Act to Allow the Cumberland County Domestic Violence Unit to Hire 2 New Assistant District Attorneys Immediately. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 2233, S.P. 833
An Act to License Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 749, section 4.)

L.D. 2234, S.P. 834
An Act to Designate December 3rd as Kate James Day. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 2235, H.P. 1590
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Regarding Surface Use on Great Ponds. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1585.)

L.D. 2236, S.P. 835
An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to the Location of Lobster Trap Escape Vents. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 2237, S.P. 836
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Corrections and the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Lease Up to 2 Acres of Land at the Maine Youth Center. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to S.P. 821.)

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.