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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXV, No. 23

Monday, June 14, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 3, 1999

Ch. 383 - An Act to Provide Child Care Subsidies for Families Who Lose Coverage under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program. (S.P. 433, L.D. 1270)

Ch. 384 - An Act to Amend the Health Care Receivership Laws. (H.P. 1410, L.D. 2015)

Ch. 385 - An Act to Clarify and Improve the State's Solid Waste Management Laws. (H.P. 1204, L.D. 1714)

Ch. 386 - An Act to Update, Clarify and Amend Licensure Requirements for Occupations and Professions and Registrations. (S.P. 720, L.D. 2042)

Ch. 387 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Construction of Salt and Sand Storage Facilities. (S.P. 764, L.D. 2156)

Ch. 388 - An Act to Make Technical Changes and Improvements to the Employment Tax Increment Financing Program. (H.P. 932, L.D. 1309)

Ch. 389 - An Act to Amend the Definition of "Employment" in the Unemployment Compensation Law. (H.P. 875, L.D. 1232)

Ch. 390 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine HIV Advisory Committee. (H.P. 806, L.D. 1129)

Ch. 391 - An Act to Exempt Certain Trusts from the Rule Against Perpetuities. (H.P. 371, L.D. 496)

Ch. 392 - An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission Relating to Child Welfare Services for Indian Children. (H.P. 392, L.D. 523)

Ch. 393 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Land Application of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge. (S.P. 307, L.D. 909)

Ch. 394 - An Act to Allow Horse Racing Commencing at Noon on Sundays. (H.P. 749, L.D. 1039)

Ch. 395 - An Act to Allow the State to Initiate Default Proceedings in Order to Obtain Forfeited Assets When the Defendant Fails to Appear in a Court Proceeding. (H.P. 964, L.D. 1362)

Ch. 396 - An Act to Increase Access to Primary Health Care Services. (H.P. 617, L.D. 857)

Ch. 397 - An Act to Establish a Lobster Trap Tag Freeze to Limit Effort in the Lobster Fishery. (H.P. 1385, L.D. 1982)

Ch. 398 - An Act to Amend the Electric Industry Restructuring Laws. (H.P. 1509, L.D. 2154)

Ch. 399 - An Act to License Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. (S.P. 833, L.D. 2233)

Ch. 400 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Regarding Surface Use on Great Ponds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1590, L.D. 2235)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 4, 1999

Ch. 401 - An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and to Change 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. 454, L.D. 617) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 402 - An Act to Allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Determine the Number of Moose Permits to Be Awarded. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 245, L.D. 667)

Ch. 403 - An Act to Revise Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 738, L.D. 2088)

Ch. 404 - An Act to Amend the Requirement that the Employment Rehabilitation Fund Reimburse Employers and Insurers for Benefits Paid pursuant to the Benefits Adjustments. (S.P. 269, L.D. 762)

Ch. 405 - An Act to Require Labeling of Fruits and Vegetables to Identify Country of Origin. (H.P. 718, L.D. 1008)

Ch. 406 - An Act Relative to Freedom of Employment in the Broadcasting Industry. (S.P. 616, L.D. 1781)

Ch. 407 - An Act to Improve Access to Education for Parents as Scholars Program Participants. (H.P. 1115, L.D. 1574)

Ch. 408 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Asset Forfeiture. (H.P. 1406, L.D. 2011)

Ch. 409 - An Act to Enhance Access to Technology for Maine Schools and Libraries. (H.P. 1516, L.D. 2164)

Ch. 410 - An Act to Allow Workers' Compensation Board Advocates to Prioritize and Decline Cases. (S.P. 741, L.D. 2100) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 411 - An Act to Amend the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act. (H.P. 797, L.D. 1120)

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, June 5, 1999

Ch. 412 - An Act to Allow Reimbursement of Registered Nurse First Assistants for Surgical Procedures. (H.P. 22, L.D. 32)

Ch. 413 - An Act to Require a Person Who is Suspected of Being the Underlying Cause of a Liquor Violation to Provide Identification to a Law Enforcement Officer. (H.P. 274, L.D. 382)

Ch. 414 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 440, L.D. 1277)

Ch. 415 - An Act to Require the State Planning Office to Report to the Committee on State and Local Government and the Committee on Natural Resources. (H.P. 619, L.D. 859)

Ch. 416 - An Act Regarding Fish Stocking. (H.P. 361, L.D. 486)

Ch. 417 - An Act to Strengthen the State's Drug Laws. (H.P. 694, L.D. 961)

Ch. 418 - An Act Requiring Labeling of Unpasteurized Milk Products. (S.P. 281, L.D. 799)

Ch. 419 - An Act to Institute Wild Number Beano. (H.P. 610, L.D. 850)

Ch. 420 - An Act to Amend the Centers for Innovation Program. (S.P. 329, L.D. 983)

Ch. 421 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Relating to Off-track Betting Facilities. (S.P. 577, L.D. 1657)

Ch. 422 - An Act to Increase the Penalties for Persons in Possession of Methamphetamine in Conformity with the Penalties for Similarly Dangerous Drugs. (H.P. 1129, L.D. 1588)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 7, 1999

Ch. 423 - An Act to Expedite Treatment of Certain Persons with Mental Illness. (H.P. 499, L.D. 706)

Ch. 424 - An Act to Make Certain Provisions for Exceptional Students Consistent with Federal Laws and Regulations. (H.P. 1419, L.D. 2026)

Ch. 425 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Notaries Public. (H.P. 643, L.D. 893)

Ch. 426 - An Act to Amend the Election Laws. (H.P. 510, L.D. 717)

Ch. 427 - An Act to Ensure the Documentation of the Transfer of Ownership of Mobile and Modular Construction Homes. (H.P. 1063, L.D. 1494)

Ch. 428 - An Act to Provide Access to Information Services in All Communities of the State. (S.P. 665, L.D. 1887)

Ch. 429 - An Act to Promote Effective Management of Occupational Exposure to HIV. (S.P. 626, L.D. 1791)

Ch. 430 - An Act to Prohibit Law Suits by Municipalities Against Firearm or Ammunition Manufacturers. (H.P. 1537, L.D. 2192)

Ch. 431 - An Act to Reduce the Cost of Prescription Drugs to Qualifying Residents of the State. (S.P. 732, L.D. 2082) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 432 - An Act to Clarify the Definitions of "Contribution" and "Expenditure" under the Campaign Finance Laws. (H.P. 1577, L.D. 2224)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 3, 1999

Ch. 29 - An Act to Allow the Cumberland County Domestic Violence Unit to Hire 2 New Assistant District Attorneys Immediately. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 832, L.D. 2232)

Ch. 30 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Norridgewock Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 718, L.D. 2040)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 3, 1999

Ch. 52 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor to Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1279, L.D. 1840)

Ch. 53 - 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. (S.P. 836, L.D. 2237)

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, June 5, 1999

Ch. 54 - Resolve, to Modify the State Valuation for the Sappi Plant in the City of Westbrook. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1554, L.D. 2211)

(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 11, 1999

L.D. 2253, H.P. 1607
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $50,000,000 to Finance the Acquisition of Lands and Interests in Lands for Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitat and Farmland Preservation and to Access $25,000,000 in Matching Contributions from Public and Private Sources. (Submitted by the Majority from the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1540.)

L.D. 2254, H.P. 1608
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $30,000,000 to Finance the Acquisition of Lands and Interests in Lands for Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Habitat and Farmland Preservation and to Access $25,000,000 in Matching Contributions from Public and Private Sources. (Submitted by the Minority from the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1540.)

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.