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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVI, No. 14

Monday, March 20, 2000

119th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 9, 2000

Ch. 547 - An Act to Amend the Jurisdiction of the District Court. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1776, L.D. 2487)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Ch. 548 - An Act to Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 1999 with the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 867, L.D. 2277)

Ch. 549 - An Act to Maintain the Eel and Elver Management Fund and Regulate Permits for Eel Weirs. (H.P. 1632, L.D. 2284)

Ch. 550 - An Act to Grant Municipalities Greater Flexibility in their Arrangements for Tax Base Sharing Agreements. (S.P. 873, L.D. 2281)

Ch. 551 - An Act to Amend the Elderly Low-cost Drug Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1795, L.D. 2518)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Ch. 552 - An Act Regarding the Maintenance of Private Roads. (H.P. 332, L.D. 448)

Ch. 553 - An Act to Permit Certain Referrals by Health Care Practitioners. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1578, L.D. 2225)

Ch. 554 - An Act to Require Expenditure of Designated Funds for the Purpose for which the Legislature Designated the Funds. (S.P. 932, L.D. 2382)

Ch. 555 - An Act to Correct Inconsistencies of the Taxable Wage Amount in the Unemployment Compensation Law. (H.P. 1713, L.D. 2419)

Ch. 556 - An Act to Change the Name of the Natural Resources Information and Mapping Center to More Accurately Reflect its Roles and Duties and to Correct Inconsistent Statutes. (S.P. 925, L.D. 2376)

Ch. 557 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Governing Solid Waste Disposal Districts. (S.P. 900, L.D. 2350)

Ch. 558 - An Act to Change the Name in the Statutes of a Native American Organization Able to Issue Hunting and Fishing Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 891, L.D. 2310)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Ch. 559 - An Act to Simplify the Approval Process of Existing State Tax Increment Financing Districts. (S.P. 941, L.D. 2391)

Ch. 560 - An Act to Regulate Nonprofit Debt Management Service Providers. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 865, L.D. 2263)

Ch. 561 - An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Commission on Performance Budgeting. (S.P. 930, L.D. 2380)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 16, 2000

Ch. 562 - An Act to Encourage Environmental Management Systems. (H.P. 1072, L.D. 1519)

Ch. 563 - An Act to Clarify Granting Authority Under the Agricultural Development Grant Program. (S.P. 880, L.D. 2295)

Ch. 564 - An Act to Address Financial Inequities in Special Waste Fees. (H.P. 1656, L.D. 2325)

Ch. 565 - An Act to Require the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to Report to the Legislature on Matters Related to State Veterans Laws. (H.P. 1661, L.D. 2330)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Ch. 65 - An Act to Increase the Bonding Limit of the Trustees of the City of Brewer High School District from $2,500,000 to $5,000,000. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1651, L.D. 2320)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Ch. 66 - An Act to Revise the Charter of the Madawaska Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1666, L.D. 2335)

Ch. 67 - An Act to Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2001. (S.P. 950, L.D. 2489)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 16, 2000

Ch. 68 - An Act to Make Technical Changes in the Law Authorizing the Capital Riverfront Improvement District. (S.P. 863, L.D. 2261)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Ch. 90 - Resolve, to Require Certain Reports Concerning the Use of Automated Telephone Answering Equipment by State Government. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 777, L.D. 2176)

Ch. 91 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor to Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 870, L.D. 2280)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Ch. 92 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter (unassigned): Rules Governing the Licensing and Inspection of Farm Cheese, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1801, L.D. 2528)

(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, MARCH 17, 2000

L.D. 2621, S.P. 1039
An Act to Extend the Removal Deadline for Certain Repaired Concrete Underground Oil Storage Tanks. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 2622, S.P. 1040
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Allow a Well and Waterline Easement. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Franklin)

L.D. 2623, S.P. 1041
An Act to Clarify Terms of Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Family Development Accounts. (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2624, H.P. 1885
An Act to Increase Choice in the Designation of Public Safety Answering Points in the E-9-1-1 System. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 2625, H.P. 1886
An Act to Strengthen the Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Law. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2626, H.P. 1887
An Act to Modify Adjustments in Property Valuation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 2627, H.P. 1889
An Act to Create the Community Health Plan Demonstration Project. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2628, H.P. 1888
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 6: Certification of Law Enforcement Officers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2629, H.P. 1891
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Relating to Review of the Department of Conservation Under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2630, S.P. 1042
An Act to Support Maine's Only Representative to the Nation's Capital Bicentennial Celebration. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 2631, S.P. 1043
An Act to Amend the Comprehensive Research and Development Evaluation. (Submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 1006.)

L.D. 2632, S.P. 1045
An Act to Appropriate Funds for the Sunset Bay Company. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 2633, H.P. 1892
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Relating to Review of the Maine Seed Potato Board Under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2634, H.P. 1893
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Relating to Review of the State Board of Pesticides Control Under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2635, H.P. 1894
An Act to Promote Equity in Funding of Ferry Services. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2636, H.P. 1896
An Act to Improve the Accountability of the Child Development Services System. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1836.)

L.D. 2637, H.P. 1897
An Act to Fund the State's Share for Salt or Sand-salt Storage Facilities Construction. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 2638, S.P. 1048
Resolve, Authorizing a Land Transaction by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator KONTOS of Cumberland)

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 http://janus.state.me.us/legis - choose "Session Information" to go to the list of available bills. New bills are added every couple of days.

New this year: bill status information is now available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/session.