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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVI, No. 17

Monday, April 10, 2000

119th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 30, 2000

Ch. 595 - An Act to Promote Sharing of Information Between Schools and Criminal Justice Agencies. (S.P. 687, L.D. 1933)

Ch. 596 - An Act to Enhance Maine's Historic Districts by Efficiently Installing Underground Delivery Systems. (H.P. 1769, L.D. 2482)

Ch. 597 - An Act to Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (H.P. 1646, L.D. 2306)

Ch. 598 - An Act to Improve Licensing Efficiency within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (H.P. 1742, L.D. 2448)

Ch. 599 - An Act to Increase the Availability of Family Foster Homes. (H.P. 1625, L.D. 2272)

Ch. 600 - An Act to Ensure Fuel Deliveries by Allowing Fuel Delivery Vehicles to Travel on Posted Roads. (S.P. 931, L.D. 2381)

Ch. 601 - An Act Regarding Electric Metering and Billing Competition. (H.P. 1697, L.D. 2403)

Ch. 602 - An Act to Promote the Use of an Advocate Staff. (S.P. 943, L.D. 2473)

Ch. 603 - 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. (H.P. 1891, L.D. 2629)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 31, 2000

Ch. 604 - An Act Relating to the Cleanup of the Wells Waste Oil Disposal Site. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1898, L.D. 2639)

Ch. 605 - An Act to Promote Competition in the Natural Gas Industry. (S.P. 879, L.D. 2294)

Ch. 606 - An Act to Provide Equity Between Private and Public Electrical Training Programs. (H.P. 1619, L.D. 2266)

Ch. 607 - An Act to Clarify the Authority of the State Board of Optometry. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 907, L.D. 2359)

Ch. 608 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Maine Science and Technology Foundation. (S.P. 869, L.D. 2279)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 3, 2000

Ch. 609 - An Act to Update and Amend the Preferred Provider Arrangement Act. (H.P. 1422, L.D. 2029)

Ch. 610 - An Act to Clarify the Workers' Compensation Laws Regarding the Agricultural Laborer Exemption. (H.P. 1390, L.D. 1995)

Ch. 611 - An Act to Strengthen the Motor Vehicle Laws Pertaining to Registration of Motor Vehicles. (H.P. 1117, L.D. 1576)

Ch. 612 - An Act to Provide Flexibility in the Distribution of Funds by the Department of Economic and Community Development. (H.P. 1735, L.D. 2441)

Ch. 613 - An Act Concerning Offensive Names. (H.P. 1712, L.D. 2418)

Ch. 614 - An Act to Amend Requirements for Maine Technical College System Employees Participating in a Defined Contribution Plan. (H.P. 1704, L.D. 2410)

Ch. 615 - An Act to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities. (H.P. 1728, L.D. 2434)

Ch. 616 - An Act to Prevent Gray Market Cigarette Sales. (S.P. 897, L.D. 2316)

Ch. 617 - An Act Concerning Disclosure Requirements Under the Used Car Information Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1689, L.D. 2395)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Ch. 618 - An Act to Help Farmers to Protect the Quality of Milk. (H.P. 1108, L.D. 1567)

Ch. 619 - An Act to Clarify the Law on Ownership of Certified Public Accounting Firms and to Establish a Peer Review Program. (H.P. 1738, L.D. 2444)

Ch. 620 - An Act to Amend the Acreage Requirements for a Cemetery to Contain a Columbarium. (H.P. 1825, L.D. 2560)

Ch. 621 - An Act to Improve the Accountability of the Child Development Services System. (H.P. 1896, L.D. 2636)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 30, 2000

Ch. 71 - An Act Increasing the Authorized Indebtedness of the Veazie Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1648, L.D. 2317)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 31, 2000

Ch. 72 - 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) (H.P. 1902, L.D. 2646) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 30, 2000

Ch. 95 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 25: Leashed Tracking Dog License Rules, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1867, L.D. 2603)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 3, 2000

Ch. 96 - Resolve, Relating to the State Valuation for the Town of Milo. (S.P. 901, L.D. 2353)

Ch. 97 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Transfer or Acquire Property or Interests in Property at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Oak Grove Coburn School in Vassalboro and Maine State Prison in Thomaston. (S.P. 890, L.D. 2309)

Ch. 98 - Resolve, to Authorize the Waldo County Commissioners to Borrow not more than $600,000 to Build a Waldo County Communications and 9-1-1 Center. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1833, L.D. 2569)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Ch. 99 - Resolve, to Promote Natural Resource-based Industries. (S.P. 585, L.D. 1665)

Ch. 100 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 119: Motor Vehicle Fuel Volatility Limit, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1879, L.D. 2615)

Constitutional Resolutions

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 4, 2000

Ch. 3 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow Persons with Mental Illness to Vote. (H.P. 1514, L.D. 2162)

Ch. 4 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow the Legislature to Provide for Assessment of Property Used for Commercial Fishing at Current Use. (H.P. 1716, L.D. 2422)

(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, APRIL 7, 2000

L.D. 2664, S.P. 1071
An Act to Appropriate Funds for the Federal Retirement Recovery Claim. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 2665, H.P. 1919
An Act to Provide for Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas and to Modify Regulation of Stream Crossings. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 648, section 8.)

L.D. 2666, H.P. 1920
An Act to Provide for Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 648, section 8.)

L.D. 2667, H.P. 1921
An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation Relating to the Review of the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2668, H.P. 1922
An Act to Create a Heating Oil Emergency Management Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1821.)

L.D. 2669, H.P. 1923
An Act to Implement the Tax Policy Recommendations of the Task Force Created to Review Smart Growth Patterns of Development. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1851.)

L.D. 2670, H.P. 1924
An Act Regarding Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1866.)

L.D. 2671, H.P. 1925
An Act to Implement Municipal Recommendations Regarding Surface Water Use on Great Ponds. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1840.)

L.D. 2672, H.P. 1926
An Act to Amend the Unlawful Sexual Contact Penalties. (Presented by Representative LEMONT of Kittery)

L.D. 2673, H.P. 1927
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Propose an Alternative Process for Forensic Examinations for Sexual Assault Victims. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to Resolve 1999, chapter 84, section 8.)

L.D. 2674, S.P. 1072
An Act to Protect Maine Jobs and Natural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 2675, S.P. 1073
An Act to Create a Linked Investment Program for Child Care Providers. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 993.)

L.D. 2676, H.P. 1932
An Act to Repeal Certain Inactive Boards and Commissions and to Amend Certain Laws Governing Boards and Commissions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1850.)

L.D. 2677, H.P. 1933
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. 1822.)

L.D. 2678, H.P. 1934
Resolve, for Laying of the County Taxes and Authorizing Expenditures of Kennebec County for the Year 2000. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1822.)

L.D. 2679, S.P. 1076
An Act to Establish the Council on Children and Families and to Ensure the Continuation of the Governor's Children's Cabinet. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 598.)

L.D. 2680, H.P. 1937
An Act Concerning Certain Contracts Affected by Electric Industry Restructuring. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 316, section 12.)

L.D. 2681, S.P. 1077
An Act to Require Rules on Temporary Campgrounds to be Major Substantive Rules. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 1044.)

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.