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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 22

Monday, June 7, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 27, 1999

Ch. 341 - An Act to Provide Equity in Prescription Insurance for Contraceptive Coverage. (S.P. 389, L.D. 1168)

Ch. 342 - An Act to Amend the Drug Laws Related to Possession of a Firearm. (S.P. 39, L.D. 49)

Ch. 343 - An Act to Improve the Marketability of Real Estate Titles. (H.P. 1415, L.D. 2022)

Ch. 344 - An Act to Establish the Birth Defects Program. (H.P. 1322, L.D. 1905)

Ch. 345 - An Act to Release Juvenile Crime Records to School Personnel. (S.P. 578, L.D. 1658)

Ch. 346 - An Act Concerning Damage to Lands and Natural Resources Caused by Natural Gas Pipelines. (S.P. 679, L.D. 1929)

Ch. 347 - An Act to Require that Employees in 24-Hour Convenience Stores Have Access to Telephones or Alarms. (H.P. 1458, L.D. 2090)

Ch. 348 - An Act to Encourage Continuous Improvement in Pollution Prevention in Maine. (S.P. 820, L.D. 2223)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 28, 1999

Ch. 349 - An Act to Make It a Crime to Solicit a Child by Means of Computer to Commit a Prohibited Act. (H.P. 71, L.D. 84)

Ch. 350 - An Act to Provide for Increased Penalties and Enforcement Regarding Dangerous Dogs. (H.P. 433, L.D. 575)

Ch. 351 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Providing Educators with More Authority to Remove Violent Students from Educational Settings. (H.P. 1250, L.D. 1798)

Ch. 352 - An Act to Amend Law Enforcement Powers of Maine Forest Rangers. (S.P. 397, L.D. 1188)

Ch. 353 - An Act to Amend the Maine Health Data Organization Statutes. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1003, L.D. 1401)

Ch. 354 - An Act to Amend the Workers' Compensation Laws. (S.P. 364, L.D. 1067)

Ch. 355 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Maine State Pilotage Commission. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 572, L.D. 1639)

Ch. 356 - An Act to Reauthorize and Amend the Diesel-powered Motor Vehicle Emission Opacity Testing Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 381, L.D. 1082)

Ch. 357 - An Act to Provide Continuing Financial Support for the Maine Community Policing Institute at the University of Maine at Augusta. (H.P. 1326, L.D. 1909)

Ch. 358 - An Act to Simplify the Rule of Reasonable Belief in the Maine Criminal Code. (H.P. 1411, L.D. 2018)

Ch. 359 - An Act to Provide Paralegal Assistants to the Workers' Compensation Advocate Program and an Auditor to the Monitoring, Auditing and Enforcement Program. (H.P. 598, L.D. 838)

Ch. 360 - An Act to Amend the Victims' Compensation Fund Law. (H.P. 1229, L.D. 1758)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Ch. 361 - An Act to Reconcile Minor Technical Differences between Forest Practices Laws and Rules. (H.P. 299, L.D. 407)

Ch. 362 - An Act to Amend the Maine Milk Laws. (S.P. 667, L.D. 1889)

Ch. 363 - An Act to Strengthen the Child Care Licensing Laws. (H.P. 527, L.D. 734)

Ch. 364 - An Act to Require That Workers' Compensation Coverage Be Equitably Applied to the Timber Industry. (S.P. 248, L.D. 670)

Ch. 365 - An Act Requiring Doctors Giving 2nd Opinions in Workers' Compensation Cases to be Certified. (S.P. 350, L.D. 1054)

Ch. 366 - An Act Concerning Disposal of Solid Waste from Decommissioning Activities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 515, L.D. 1516)

Ch. 367 - An Act to Bring Certain Criminal Code Provisions Addressing Fines Into Conformity with Recently Amended Criminal Code Provisions Addressing Restitution. (H.P. 1491, L.D. 2129)

Ch. 368 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Issuance of a Warrant in the Name of the District Court. (H.P. 1424, L.D. 2031)

Ch. 369 - An Act Governing Privileged Communications between Victims of Crimes and Governmental Victim Witness Advocates. (H.P. 1174, L.D. 1685)

Ch. 370 - An Act to Allow Cutting of Trees in the Shoreland Zone Under Certain Conditions. (H.P. 1036, L.D. 1458)

Ch. 371 - An Act to Facilitate the Establishment of Trail Easements. (H.P. 1340, L.D. 1923)

Ch. 372 - An Act to Strengthen Maine's Research and Development Capacity in Renewable Energy Resources. (H.P. 1152, L.D. 1649)

Ch. 373 - An Act to Require More Timely Court-ordered Psychological Evaluations. (H.P. 1092, L.D. 1539)

Ch. 374 - An Act to More Accurately Describe the Criminal Conduct Committed When a Person Grows or Cultivates Marijuana. (H.P. 1407, L.D. 2012)

Ch. 375 - An Act to Increase Accessibility to the Department of Environmental Protection Clean-up Funds for Businesses. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 641, L.D. 1823)

Ch. 376 - An Act to Ensure Prompt Payment of Unemployment Compensation Benefits to Displaced Workers. (S.P. 638, L.D. 1805)

Ch. 377 - An Act to Revise the Salaries of Certain Kennebec County Officers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1592, L.D. 2240)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 2, 1999

Ch. 378 - An Act to Require Additional Vaccines for Employees of Health Care Facilities. (H.P. 846, L.D. 1180)

Ch. 379 - An Act to Define Paralegals and Legal Assistants. (H.P. 517, L.D. 724)

Ch. 380 - An Act to Minimize the Harmful Effects of Lead. (H.P. 625, L.D. 875)

Ch. 381 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Secession. (H.P. 1433, L.D. 2056)

Ch. 382 - An Act to Strengthen the Kinship Laws. (H.P. 886, L.D. 1243)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Ch. 49 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 20: Forest Regeneration and Clearcutting Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Conservation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 883, L.D. 1240)

Ch. 50 - Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (S.P. 805, L.D. 2218)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 2, 1999

Ch. 51 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 5: Standards for Continuing Professional Education for Acupuncturists and Naturopathic Doctors; Chapter 6: Standards Relating to Prescriptive Authorities and Collaborative Relationships; and Chapter 9: Fees, Section 1, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (H.P. 20, L.D. 30)

(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, JUNE 4, 1999

L.D. 2249, H.P. 1603
Resolve, for Laying of the County Taxes and Authorizing Expenditures of Androscoggin County for the Year 1999. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1158.)

L.D. 2250, H.P. 1604
An Act to Revise the Salaries of Certain Androscoggin County Officers. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1158.)

L.D. 2251, S.P. 852
An Act to Provide Health Insurance Benefits to Dwight Parsons. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator FERGUSON of Oxford)

L.D. 2252, H.P. 1605
An Act to Make Additional Corrections of Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

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.