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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVI, No. 18

Monday, April 17, 2000

119th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 6, 2000

Ch. 622 - An Act to Allow for Expeditious Improvements to Commercial Tracks. (S.P. 478, L.D. 1438)

Ch. 623 - An Act to Ensure that Reports Commissioned by the State are Submitted in Writing or Other Reproducible Format. (H.P. 1621, L.D. 2268)

Ch. 624 - An Act to Amend the Maine Juvenile Code. (H.P. 1741, L.D. 2447)

Ch. 625 - An Act Concerning the Date by Which Land Must be Acquired by the Penobscot Nation. (H.P. 1782, L.D. 2499)

Ch. 626 - An Act to Promote Historic and Scenic Preservation. (S.P. 983, L.D. 2537)

Ch. 627 - An Act to Enhance Competition Among Elevator Inspectors. (H.P. 1834, L.D. 2570)

Ch. 628 - An Act to Clarify Terms of Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Family Development Accounts. (S.P. 1041, L.D. 2623)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 7, 2000

Ch. 629 - An Act to Ensure Civil Rights and Prevent Discrimination. (S.P. 840, L.D. 2239)

Ch. 630 - An Act to Amend the Law Enforcement Officer Certification Standards. (S.P. 215, L.D. 637)

Ch. 631 - An Act Regarding Promoting Access to Transportation. (S.P. 588, L.D. 1668)

Ch. 632 - An Act to Allow Certain Disabled Persons to Fly-fish With Any Type of Rod and Reel. (H.P. 523, L.D. 730)

Ch. 633 - An Act to Validate Pierringer Releases and Reform Procedures in Multiparty Lawsuits. (S.P. 630, L.D. 1795)

Ch. 634 - An Act to Revise the Spousal Support Statute. (H.P. 1629, L.D. 2276)

Ch. 635 - An Act to Prevent Contamination from Home Heating Oil Tanks. (S.P. 927, L.D. 2377)

Ch. 636 - An Act to Allow Deer Hunting with Local Approval in Certain Areas Previously Permanently Closed to Deer Hunting. (S.P. 936, L.D. 2386)

Ch. 637 - An Act to Remove Certain Barriers for Low-income Working Parents. (H.P. 1709, L.D. 2415)

Ch. 638 - An Act to Improve Business Entity Filings and Authorize Mergers, Consolidations and Conversions of Various Business Entities. (H.P. 1639, L.D. 2290)

Ch. 639 - An Act Regarding the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor. (H.P. 1747, L.D. 2453)

Ch. 640 - An Act to Extend the Removal Deadline for Certain Repaired Concrete Underground Oil Storage Tanks. (S.P. 1039, L.D. 2621)

Ch. 641 - An Act to Strengthen the Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Law. (H.P. 1886, L.D. 2625)

Ch. 642 - An Act to Allow Children to Fish from Shore with a Single Baited Hook and Line on Certain Portions of the Aroostook River. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 113, L.D. 310)

Ch. 643 - An Act to Establish an Appeals Process for License Denial Under Limited-entry Fisheries. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1847, L.D. 2584)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2000

Ch. 644 - An Act to Expand the Warrantless Arrest Law and to Establish the Crime of Obstructing the Report of a Crime or Injury. (H.P. 338, L.D. 454)

Ch. 645 - An Act to Improve the Absentee Voting Process. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 631, L.D. 1796)

Ch. 646 - An Act to Amend the Qualifications of Weighmasters. (H.P. 848, L.D. 1182)

Ch. 647 - An Act Establishing the Newborn Hearing Program. (H.P. 1260, L.D. 1814)

Ch. 648 - An Act to Modify the Campaign Finance Laws with Regard to Running for Federal Office. (H.P. 1508, L.D. 2153)

Ch. 649 - An Act to Encourage Responsible Employment Practices. (S.P. 292, L.D. 810)

Ch. 650 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Municipal Tax Increment Financing to Encourage Downtown Investment. (H.P. 1739, L.D. 2445)

Ch. 651 - An Act to Facilitate the Implementation of the E-9-1-1 System. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 939, L.D. 2389)

Ch. 652 - An Act to Enhance Public Safety By Updating the Laws Pertaining to Explosives and Flammable Liquids. (H.P. 1766, L.D. 2479)

Ch. 653 - An Act to Allow the State Police to Accept Funds from Private Entities for Services Provided. (H.P. 1743, L.D. 2449)

Ch. 654 - An Act to Allow Police Assistance in Emergency Situations. (H.P. 1767, L.D. 2480)

Ch. 655 - An Act to Rid Maine's Waters of Ocean Vessel Sewage. (S.P. 924, L.D. 2375)

Ch. 656 - An Act to Harmonize State Financial Services Laws with Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 1007, L.D. 2574) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 657 - An Act Relating to Electric Industry Restructuring. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1788, L.D. 2508)

Ch. 658 - An Act to Alter Eligibility for Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses for Persons Who are 65 Years of Age or Older. (H.P. 1839, L.D. 2577)

Ch. 659 - An Act to Clarify Application of the Employment Leave Law for Victims of Violence. (H.P. 1877, L.D. 2613)

Ch. 660 - An Act to Allow Registration of Low-speed Vehicles on Certain Islands. (H.P. 1904, L.D. 2649)

Ch. 661 - An Act to Amend the Program Evaluation Report Contents of the State Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1899, L.D. 2640)

Ch. 662 - An Act to Revise the Salaries of Certain Kennebec County Officers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1933, L.D. 2677)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Ch. 663 - An Act to Clarify Underinsured Motor Vehicle Coverage. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 723, L.D. 2043)

Ch. 664 - An Act to Enhance the Economic Security of Low-income Households with Respect to Utility Service. (H.P. 1496, L.D. 2140)

Ch. 665 - An Act to Amend the Definition of Marital Property. (H.P. 1620, L.D. 2267)

Ch. 666 - An Act to Establish a Commemorative Day Recognizing Major-General Henry Knox. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1787, L.D. 2507)

Ch. 667 - An Act to Correct the Inadvertent Repeal of the Abandoned Property Disposition Process for Municipalities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1845, L.D. 2582)

Ch. 668 - An Act to Repeal Certain Inactive Boards and Commissions and to Amend Certain Laws Governing Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 1932, L.D. 2676)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Ch. 669 - An Act to Require the Training of School Personnel Who Administer Medications. (S.P. 424, L.D. 1261)

Ch. 670 - An Act to Increase the Penalty for Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident. (S.P. 942, L.D. 2472)

Ch. 671 - An Act to Promote the Safe Conduct of Fireworks Displays in the State of Maine. (H.P. 1760, L.D. 2466)

Ch. 672 - An Act to Regulate the Sea Cucumber Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 921, L.D. 2372)

Ch. 673 - An Act to Establish a Targeted Need Teacher Certificate. (S.P. 886, L.D. 2301)

Ch. 674 - An Act to Restrict Passengers in the Vehicle of a Newly Licensed Driver. (H.P. 1744, L.D. 2450)

Ch. 675 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Foster Parents. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1870, L.D. 2606)

Ch. 676 - An Act to Ensure Cost Effective and Safe Highways in the State. (S.P. 992, L.D. 2550) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 677 - An Act to Promote Microbreweries and Wineries. (H.P. 1835, L.D. 2571)

Ch. 678 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources Relating to the Review of the Maine Sardine Council Under the State Government Evaluation Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1883, L.D. 2618)

Ch. 679 - An Act to Amend the Maine Milk Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 1069, L.D. 2662)

Ch. 680 - 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. (H.P. 1921, L.D. 2667)

Ch. 681 - An Act Regarding Medicaid Managed Care Ombudsman Services. (H.P. 101, L.D. 114)

Ch. 682 - An Act to Exempt Certain Law Enforcement Officers from the Full Course of Training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. (H.P. 404, L.D. 546)

Ch. 683 - An Act to Encourage Educational Options. (H.P. 1420, L.D. 2027)

Ch. 684 - An Act to Improve Air Quality through Market Incentives for the Purchase of Cleaner Vehicles. (H.P. 1529, L.D. 2182)

Ch. 685 - An Act Relating to Licensing Board Fees. (S.P. 938, L.D. 2388)

Ch. 686 - An Act to Permit the Attorney General, a Deputy Attorney General or a District Attorney to Request Records of Internet Service Providers and Mobile Telecommunications Service Providers. (H.P. 1730, L.D. 2436)

Ch. 687 - An Act to Improve the Regulation of Occupations and Professions. (S.P. 996, L.D. 2558)

Ch. 688 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding the Board of Licensure of Water Treatment Plant Operators. (S.P. 1060, L.D. 2654)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 13, 2000

Ch. 689 - An Act to Establish the Maine Coordinate System of 2000. (S.P. 965, L.D. 2514)

Ch. 690 - An Act Regarding Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1924, L.D. 2670)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 7, 2000

Ch. 73 - An Act to Repeal the Fort Kent Utility District. (H.P. 1830, L.D. 2566)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2000

Ch. 74 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1856, L.D. 2592)

Ch. 75 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Small Point Water Company. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1798, L.D. 2525)

Ch. 76 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Moscow Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1802, L.D. 2529)

Ch. 77 - An Act to Create the Alfred Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1848, L.D. 2586)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Ch. 78 - An Act to Support and Expand the Maine Writing Project. (H.P. 1708, L.D. 2414)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 7, 2000

Ch. 101 - Resolve, to Direct the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Review Rules for Compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. (H.P. 868, L.D. 1225)

Ch. 102 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Allow a Well and Waterline Easement. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 1040, L.D. 2622)

Ch. 103 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 6: Certification of Law Enforcement Officers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. (H.P. 1888, L.D. 2628)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2000

Ch. 104 - Resolve, Regarding Public Health Supervision of Dental Hygienists. (H.P. 1490, L.D. 2128)

Ch. 105 - Resolve, to Promote Maine's Dairy Industry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1696, L.D. 2402)

Ch. 106 - Resolve, Regarding Services for Older Persons with Mental Illness. (S.P. 964, L.D. 2513)

Ch. 107 - Resolve, to Require an Examination of Distributed Generation. (H.P. 1691, L.D. 2397)

Ch. 108 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 9: Rules Governing Administrative Civil Money Penalties for Labor Law Violations, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1852, L.D. 2590)

Ch. 109 - Resolve, for Laying of the County Taxes and Authorizing Expenditures of Kennebec County for the Year 2000. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1934, L.D. 2678)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Ch. 110 - Resolve, to Improve the Services Provided by the Emergency Services Communication Bureau. (H.P. 1885, L.D. 2624)

Ch. 111 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter (Unassigned): Rules Governing Maine Milk and Milk Products, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1860, L.D. 2595)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 13, 2000

Ch. 112 - Resolve, Authorizing a Land Transaction by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. (S.P. 1048, L.D. 2638) (Governor's Bill)

(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 14, 2000

L.D. 2682, H.P. 1939
An Act to Provide Equal Treatment for State Employees under Certain Federal Employment Laws. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1912.)

L.D. 2683, S.P. 1078
An Act to Enhance Economic Development in the State of Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 1022.)

L.D. 2684, S.P. 1079
An Act to Improve Oversight and Accountability of Student Loan Programs Funded with an Allocation of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Tax-exempt Bonds. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Public Law 1999, chapter 443, section 15.)

L.D. 2685, H.P. 1940
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Consider the Enhancement of Fire Protection Services Throughout the State. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to Resolve 1999, chapter 65, section 8.)

L.D. 2686, S.P. 1082
An Act Related to Sales Tax on Vehicles Leased and Removed from the State and Watercraft Used in Interstate Commerce. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order S.P. 1065.)

L.D. 2687, S.P. 1083
An Act to Implement a Maine Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Resolve 1999, chapter 68, section 2.)

L.D. 2688, S.P. 1084
An Act to Establish Clean-up Standards for Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2689, H.P. 1945
An Act to Allow the St. Agatha Sanitary District to be Dissolved and Combined with the Town of St. Agatha. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 2690, H.P. 1946
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Review the Educational Program and the Governance System of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1587.)

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.