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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 21

Monday, May 31, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 20, 1999

Ch. 253 - An Act to Amend the Androscoggin County Budget Process. (H.P. 758, L.D. 1048)

Ch. 254 - An Act to Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (H.P. 535, L.D. 742)

Ch. 255 - An Act Concerning Recreational Clam Harvesting Licenses. (S.P. 262, L.D. 757)

Ch. 256 - An Act to Amend the Laws Concerning Life and Health Insurance. (S.P. 765, L.D. 2157)

Ch. 257 - An Act to Ensure Adequate Funding of Certain Public Safety Programs of Occupational or Professional Licensure Boards. (S.P. 398, L.D. 1189)

Ch. 258 - An Act to Update the Laws Concerning Prearranged Funerals. (H.P. 1248, L.D. 1777)

Ch. 259 - An Act to Revise the Staffing and Resources of the Office of Public Advocate. (H.P. 1012, L.D. 1423)

Ch. 260 - An Act to Amend Juvenile Corrections Laws and to Establish a Juvenile Records Repository. (H.P. 1002, L.D. 1400)

Ch. 261 - An Act to Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. (H.P. 1195, L.D. 1705)

Ch. 262 - An Act to Protect Library Materials in Circulation. (H.P. 1449, L.D. 2070)

Ch. 263 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Development and Centralized Listing of Municipal Ordinances that Apply to Forestry Practices. (S.P. 666, L.D. 1888)

Ch. 264 - An Act to Propose Changes to the Maine Election Laws. (H.P. 1061, L.D. 1492)

Ch. 265 - An Act to Allow Child-placing Agencies to License Preadoptive Homes as Foster Care Homes for a Child Placed in that Home Awaiting Adoption. (H.P. 1215, L.D. 1744)

Ch. 266 - An Act to Modify the Juvenile Code with Regard to the Service of Juvenile Summonses. (S.P. 690, L.D. 1936)

Ch. 267 - An Act to Encourage Municipal and State Partnerships Concerning the Issuance of Aquaculture Leases. (S.P. 441, L.D. 1316)

Ch. 268 - An Act to Protect Beneficiaries of Structured Settlements. (S.P. 680, L.D. 1930)

Ch. 269 - An Act Concerning Standards for Operation and Maintenance of Radio Antenna Towers. (S.P. 633, L.D. 1800)

Ch. 270 - An Act Relating to Automobile Rental Supplemental Liability Insurance. (H.P. 861, L.D. 1218)

Ch. 271 - An Act Relating to Uninsured Vehicle Coverage. (S.P. 421, L.D. 1258)

Ch. 272 - An Act to Promote Maine's Family-friendly Business and Investment Strategies. (S.P. 487, L.D. 1447)

Ch. 273 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Regarding Fund Raising During the Legislative Session. (S.P. 575, L.D. 1655)

Ch. 274 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to the Location of Lobster Trap Escape Vents. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 835, L.D. 2236)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 21, 1999

Ch. 275 - An Act to Provide Opportunity for an Increase in Wine-tasting Locations for Farm Wineries. (S.P. 222, L.D. 644)

Ch. 276 - An Act to Amend the Lead Poisoning Control Act. (S.P. 727, L.D. 2047)

Ch. 277 - An Act to Reclassify Certain Waters of the State. (S.P. 319, L.D. 953)

Ch. 278 - An Act to Clarify the Law Governing Disbursements from the Groundwater Oil Clean-up Fund. (H.P. 1201, L.D. 1711)

Ch. 279 - An Act to Clarify the Regulation of Viatical Settlement Contracts When Sold as Investments. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1182, L.D. 1693)

Ch. 280 - An Act to Establish Victims' Rights for the Victims of Juvenile Crimes. (H.P. 276, L.D. 384)

Ch. 281 - An Act Regarding the Waiver Process Under the Lobster Apprenticeship Program. (H.P. 300, L.D. 408)

Ch. 282 - An Act to Require Certain Disclosures by Providers of Funeral Services. (H.P. 525, L.D. 732)

Ch. 283 - An Act to Promote the Recycling of Fish Scales as Agricultural Fertilizer. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 204, L.D. 593)

Ch. 284 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Abandoned Property. (H.P. 832, L.D. 1155)

Ch. 285 - An Act to Enact the Uniform Foreign Money-judgments Recognition Act. (S.P. 380, L.D. 1081)

Ch. 286 - An Act to Base Sales Tax for Net Energy Billing Customers on Net Energy Deliveries. (H.P. 900, L.D. 1278)

Ch. 287 - An Act to Provide Equity for Eviction Notification. (H.P. 1237, L.D. 1766)

Ch. 288 - An Act to Amend the Statutes Regarding Maine Veterans. (S.P. 672, L.D. 1894)

Ch. 289 - An Act to Amend the Definition of Lender Under the Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites Law. (H.P. 1254, L.D. 1808)

Ch. 290 - An Act to Grant Immunity to Medical Professionals Conducting Body Cavity Searches for Drugs. (H.P. 1091, L.D. 1538)

Ch. 291 - An Act to Amend the Qualifications for Appointment of the Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutant General. (S.P. 527, L.D. 1560) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 24, 1999

Ch. 292 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Long-term Care Insurance and to Require Disclosure to Insurance Consumers that Long-term Care Insurance Policies are Tax-qualified for Purposes of Federal and State Income Tax. (S.P. 140, L.D. 376)

Ch. 293 - An Act to Prohibit the Transportation of Open Containers that Contain Liquor. (H.P. 154, L.D. 216)

Ch. 294 - An Act to Amend the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act concerning Tangible Property Held by Landlords or by State Institutions. (H.P. 211, L.D. 289)

Ch. 295 - An Act to Reduce the Limitations on Nonprofit Organizations Holding Games of Chance. (H.P. 779, L.D. 1102)

Ch. 296 - An Act to Clarify Roles and Responsibilities in the Child Development Services System. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 931, L.D. 1308)

Ch. 297 - An Act to Establish a Framework for Management of Emerging Fisheries. (S.P. 378, L.D. 1079)

Ch. 298 - An Act to Maintain Protection of Sand Dunes Under Existing Law. (H.P. 1442, L.D. 2063)

Ch. 299 - An Act to Clarify the Voting Rights of Persons Residing in Certain Sanitary Districts. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 187, L.D. 580)

Ch. 300 - An Act to Add to the List of Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse Children's Summer Camp Administrators and Counselors. (H.P. 75, L.D. 88)

Ch. 301 - An Act to Improve Access to Dental Care for Children. (H.P. 1226, L.D. 1755)

Ch. 302 - An Act to Require the Display of the Prisoner of War - Missing in Action Flag. (H.P. 1287, L.D. 1848)

Ch. 303 - An Act Allowing the Appointment of Temporary Guardians of Minors. (H.P. 1299, L.D. 1860)

Ch. 304 - An Act to Limit the Imposition of Excise Taxes on Watercraft. (H.P. 1284, L.D. 1845)

Ch. 305 - An Act to Allow Sharing of Information for Child Protective Investigations. (H.P. 1038, L.D. 1460)

Ch. 306 - An Act Regarding Hospital Cooperation. (S.P. 536, L.D. 1598)

Ch. 307 - 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. (S.P. 755, L.D. 2131)

Ch. 308 - An Act to Change the Fine for Speeding in a School Zone. (H.P. 1462, L.D. 2094)

Ch. 309 - An Act to Fund the Costs Associated with Determining Eligibility for Certain Marine Resources Licenses. (H.P. 1544, L.D. 2198)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 25, 1999

Ch. 310 - An Act to Allow the Use of All-terrain Vehicles on the Extreme Right of a Public Way. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 97, L.D. 110)

Ch. 311 - An Act Regulating the Transportation of People in Pickup Trucks. (H.P. 1179, L.D. 1690)

Ch. 312 - An Act to Impose Stricter OUI Penalties on Operators of Watercraft, ATVs and Snowmobiles. (H.P. 209, L.D. 287)

Ch. 313 - An Act to Clarify the Responsibility of a Municipality in Enforcing Personal Watercraft Regulations. (H.P. 16, L.D. 26)

Ch. 314 - An Act to Control the Sale and Display of Tobacco Products. (H.P. 1123, L.D. 1582)

Ch. 315 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Pertaining to the Importation of Fish. (S.P. 153, L.D. 473)

Ch. 316 - An Act to Allow the Taking of Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Authority of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (S.P. 708, L.D. 2017)

Ch. 317 - An Act to Clarify the Powers of Game Wardens When Stopping Motor Vehicles. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 241, L.D. 663)

Ch. 318 - An Act to Increase Penalties for Standing or Walking on Railroad Tracks. (H.P. 56, L.D. 70)

Ch. 319 - An Act to Extend the Open Water Fishing Season. (H.P. 530, L.D. 737)

Ch. 320 - An Act to Revise Hunting and Fishing License Revocation Laws. (H.P. 554, L.D. 775)

Ch. 321 - An Act to Amend the Fishing Laws. (S.P. 415, L.D. 1204)

Ch. 322 - An Act to Improve Wild Game Transportation Laws. (S.P. 182, L.D. 536)

Ch. 323 - An Act to Ensure a Fair Distribution of Hunting Permits. (H.P. 970, L.D. 1368)

Ch. 324 - An Act to Amend the Moose Hunting Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 256, L.D. 751)

Ch. 325 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Commercial Shooting Area Hunting Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 561, L.D. 782)

Ch. 326 - An Act to Create Accountability in the Management of Trout and Salmon in Maine. (S.P. 406, L.D. 1195)

Ch. 327 - An Act Regarding the Calculation of Child Support When the Child Receives Disability Benefits. (H.P. 787, L.D. 1110)

Ch. 328 - An Act Concerning the Regulation of Certain Commercial Contracts of Insurance. (H.P. 1068, L.D. 1499)

Ch. 329 - An Act to Preserve the Medicaid Home Health Benefit. (H.P. 1086, L.D. 1533)

Ch. 330 - An Act to Establish an Appeals Process for Lobster Fishing License Denial. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1387, L.D. 1993)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Ch. 331 - An Act to Create a Bicycle Safety Education Act. (H.P. 1096, L.D. 1543)

Ch. 332 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Slash Disposal along Highways and Railroad and Utility Corridors. (H.P. 1445, L.D. 2066)

Ch. 333 - An Act to Improve the Efficiency of Environmental Regulation in the Unorganized and Deorganized Areas of the State. (S.P. 574, L.D. 1654)

Ch. 334 - An Act to Clarify Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management. (H.P. 1140, L.D. 1625)

Ch. 335 - An Act Regarding Continuing Education for Professional Land Surveyors. (H.P. 917, L.D. 1295)

Ch. 336 - An Act to Secure Environmental and Economic Benefits from Electric Utility Restructuring. (H.P. 1000, L.D. 1398)

Ch. 337 - An Act to Amend the Local Highway Laws. (S.P. 418, L.D. 1207)

Ch. 338 - An Act to Amend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Requirements for Candidates for Sheriff. (H.P. 139, L.D. 201)

Ch. 339 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Unlawful Cutting of Trees. (H.P. 1389, L.D. 1994)

Ch. 340 - An Act Requiring Maine to Adopt the Federal Rules Regarding Universal Waste. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1073, L.D. 1520)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 20, 1999

Ch. 23 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Richmond Utilities District. (H.P. 1459, L.D. 2091)

Ch. 24 - An Act to Allow the Fort Kent Utility District to be Dissolved and Combined With the Town of Fort Kent. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1538, L.D. 2193)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 21, 1999

Ch. 25 - An Act to Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services to be Rendered in Fiscal Year 1999-00. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1311, L.D. 1872)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 24, 1999

Ch. 26 - An Act to Require that the State of Maine Comply with Federal Law Requiring Reasonable Efforts. (H.P. 297, L.D. 405)

Ch. 27 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Dover-Foxcroft Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 993, L.D. 1391)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Ch. 28 - An Act to Authorize Matinicus Isle Plantation to Implement a Disposal Fee for Motorized Vehicles. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 768, L.D. 2158)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 20, 1999

Ch. 41 - Resolve, to Transfer a Parcel of State Land to the Town of Carrabassett Valley. (S.P. 699, L.D. 1974)

Ch. 42 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 380: Energy Conservation Programs by Electric Transmission and Distribution Utilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 569, L.D. 790)

Ch. 43 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 231: Rules Relating to Drinking Water, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1536, L.D. 2189)

Ch. 44 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Certain Sections of Chapter II, Section 67, Nursing Facility Services, of Chapter 101: Maine Medical Assistance Manual, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1535, L.D. 2188)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 21, 1999

Ch. 45 - Resolve, to Direct the Maine State Museum and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to Include, Consult and Involve Local Historical Societies and Affected Municipalities in the Recovery and Local Display of Certain Revolutionary War Artifacts. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1184, L.D. 1694)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 24, 1999

Ch. 46 - Resolve, Regarding Results-based Certification for Teachers. (S.P. 568, L.D. 1635)

Ch. 47 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 311: Renewable Resource Portfolio Requirement, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 546, L.D. 767)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Ch. 48 - Resolve, to Direct the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Economic and Community Development to Devise a Proposal for Long-term Funding of the Removal of Tire Dumps. (S.P. 539, L.D. 1601)

(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 28, 1999

L.D. 2238, S.P. 839
An Act to Clarify the Solid Waste Laws as They Relate to the Exception to the Ban on New Commercial Landfills. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 2239, S.P. 840
An Act to Ensure Civil Rights and Prevent Discrimination. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 2240, H.P. 1592
An Act to Revise the Salaries of Certain Kennebec County Officers. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1158.)

L.D. 2241, H.P. 1593
Resolve, to Modify the State Valuation for the Sappi Plant in the City of Westbrook for Purposes of Education Funding. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1584.)

L.D. 2242, H.P. 1597
An Act to Protect Medicaid Recipients and Providers from Unintended Consequences of the Noncompliance of the Department of Human Services with Year 2000 Readiness. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 2243, H.P. 1598
An Act to Promote Research and Development Activities in Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 0005)

L.D. 2244, S.P. 845
An Act to Fund Training Programs for Water Pollution Control Facility Operators. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 843.)

L.D. 2245, H.P. 1601
An Act to Adopt the Model Revised Article 9 Secured Transactions. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 2246, S.P. 846
An Act to Amend the Nutrient Management Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 642, section 8, subsection 3.)

L.D. 2247, S.P. 847
An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 2248, S.P. 848
An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excepted from Collective Bargaining for the Judicial Branch. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

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.