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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVI, No. 15

Monday, March 27, 2000

119th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 21, 2000

Ch. 566 - An Act Concerning State Government Competition with Private Enterprise. (S.P. 179, L.D. 533)

Ch. 567 - An Act to License Certain Aquaculture Activities. (S.P. 567, L.D. 1634)

Ch. 568 - An Act to Clarify Laws Governing Simulcasting. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1147, L.D. 1644)

Ch. 569 - An Act to Amend the Qualifying Examination for Initial Teacher Certification. (S.P. 937, L.D. 2387)

Ch. 570 - An Act to Add Emergency Medical Services to the Municipal Fire Department Authority. (H.P. 1676, L.D. 2342)

Ch. 571 - An Act to Amend Maine's Probate Code. (H.P. 1633, L.D. 2285)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Ch. 572 - An Act to Provide for a Limited Waiver of Immunity. (H.P. 916, L.D. 1294)

Ch. 573 - An Act to Make Organizational Changes in the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1640, L.D. 2291)

Ch. 574 - An Act to Repeal the Nondiscrimination in Pharmaceuticals Pricing Law. (H.P. 1678, L.D. 2344)

Ch. 575 - An Act Concerning the Possession of Marine Organisms by Aquaculturists Outside of the Harvest Season. (H.P. 1684, L.D. 2351)

Ch. 576 - An Act to Prohibit Dragging in a Portion of the Taunton River Area. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1745, L.D. 2451)

Ch. 577 - An Act to Make Certain Public Utility Commission Rules Routine Technical Rules. (H.P. 1722, L.D. 2428)

Ch. 578 - An Act to Provide Standard-offer Service to Certain Customers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1638, L.D. 2289)

Ch. 579 - An Act to Eliminate Regulation of Public Heating Utilities. (H.P. 1637, L.D. 2288)

Ch. 580 - An Act to Amend Truck Weights. (H.P. 1643, L.D. 2303)

Ch. 581 - An Act to Repeal Certain Archaic and Unenforced Laws Related to the Duties of the Secretary of State. (S.P. 903, L.D. 2355)

Ch. 582 - An Act to Amend the Low-emission Vehicle Program. (S.P. 868, L.D. 2278)

Ch. 583 - An Act to Amend the Department of Corrections Statutes. (S.P. 896, L.D. 2315)

Ch. 584 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy Arising from its State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Public Utilities Commission. (H.P. 1820, L.D. 2554)

Ch. 585 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources Relating to the Review of the Advisory Commission on Radioactive Waste and Decommissioning Under the State Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1849, L.D. 2587)

Ch. 586 - An Act to Direct the State Liquor and Lottery Commission to Pursue Partnerships to Enhance Lottery Revenues. (S.P. 877, L.D. 2292)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 23, 2000

Ch. 587 - An Act to Amend the Installment Payment Order Capability of the Disclosure Court. (H.P. 243, L.D. 347)

Ch. 588 - An Act to Allow Three Hunters to Hunt Deer Together. (H.P. 704, L.D. 971)

Ch. 589 - An Act to Clarify the Law Relating to the Renewal of Liquor Licenses. (S.P. 883, L.D. 2298)

(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 24, 2000

L.D. 2639, H.P. 1898
An Act Relating to the Cleanup of the Wells Waste Oil Disposal Site. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Public Law 1999, chapter 505, Part B, section 8.)

L.D. 2640, H.P. 1899
An Act to Amend the Program Evaluation Report Contents of the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Resolve 1999, chapter 74, section 7.)

L.D. 2641, S.P. 1049
An Act to Exempt a Portion of Private Pensions from Income Taxation. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 1003.)

L.D. 2642, S.P. 1052
An Act to Amend the Nutrient Management Laws to Include the Regulation of the Discharge from Fish Hatcheries Except for Aquaculture. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator KIEFFER of Aroostook)

L.D. 2643, S.P. 1053
An Act to Ensure that Certain Land Transfers Accomplished through Stock Transfers are not Exempt from the Transfer Tax. (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 2644, H.P. 1900
An Act Relating to Eligibility for the Elderly Low-cost Drug Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1876.)

L.D. 2645, H.P. 1901
Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-terrain Vehicles and Watercraft. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1510.)

L.D. 2646, H.P. 1902
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 Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 2647, S.P. 1057
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $25,550,000 to Renovate Teaching Laboratories, Classrooms and Dormitories of the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Technical College System and the University of Maine System. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 2648, S.P. 1058
An Act to Enter Into the International Emergency Management Assistance Compact. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 2649, H.P. 1904
An Act to Allow Registration of Low-speed Vehicles. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2650, S.P. 1059
An Act to Clarify the Enforcement Authority of the Manufactured Housing Board. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 2651, H.P. 1906
Resolve, to Establish the Commission to Study Domestic Violence. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 2652, H.P. 1907
An Act to Ensure that Maine Citizens Injured While Working in Foreign Countries are Provided with Workers' Compensation Benefits. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 2653, H.P. 1908
An Act to Create an Assessment Resource Center for Maine's Homeless and At-risk Youth. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative QUINT of Portland)

L.D. 2654, S.P. 1060
An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding the Board of Licensure of Water Treatment Plant Operators. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 1033.)

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.