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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVI, No. 22

Monday, May 15, 2000

119th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 5, 2000

Ch. 749 - An Act to Make Changes to the Maine Rainy Day Fund. (S.P. 62, L.D. 132)

Ch. 750 - An Act to Limit Mandatory Overtime. (H.P. 729, L.D. 1019)

Ch. 751 - An Act to Provide Recognition for Korean Conflict Veterans on Special Veterans Registration Plates. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1652, L.D. 2321)

Ch. 752 - An Act to Amend the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program. (S.P. 905, L.D. 2357)

Ch. 753 - An Act to Amend Certain Transportation Laws. (S.P. 918, L.D. 2370)

Ch. 754 - An Act to Create Employment Opportunities by Clarifying Maine's Tax Laws Regarding Mutual Fund Companies. (H.P. 1694, L.D. 2400)

Ch. 755 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee on Sawmill Biomass. (H.P. 1817, L.D. 2551)

Ch. 756 - An Act to Establish Consistent Requirements in Maine State Retirement System Plans for Minimum Creditable Service for Eligibility to Receive Retirement Benefits. (H.P. 1878, L.D. 2614)

Ch. 757 - An Act to Implement the Tax Policy Recommendations of the Task Force Created to Review Smart Growth Patterns of Development. (H.P. 1923, L.D. 2669)

Ch. 758 - An Act to Create a Heating Oil Emergency Management Program. (H.P. 1922, L.D. 2668)

Ch. 759 - An Act Related to Sales Tax on Vehicles Leased and Removed from the State and Watercraft Used in Interstate Commerce. (S.P. 1082, L.D. 2686)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 8, 2000

Ch. 760 - An Act to Amend the Liquor Laws to Create a New Category of License for Pool Halls and Exempt Them from the Prohibition Against Smoking. (H.P. 1807, L.D. 2533)

Ch. 761 - An Act to Improve Public Water Supply Protection. (H.P. 1862, L.D. 2597)

Ch. 762 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Establish a Comprehensive Internet Policy. (S.P. 995, L.D. 2557)

Ch. 763 - An Act to Preserve the State's Farm Economy and Heritage. (S.P. 736, L.D. 2086)

Ch. 764 - An Act to Require Completion of an Ambulance Operator Course. (H.P. 471, L.D. 678)

Ch. 765 - An Act to Regulate Commercial Large Game Shooting Areas. (S.P. 457, L.D. 1332)

Ch. 766 - An Act to Amend the Franchise Law. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 681, L.D. 1931)

Ch. 767 - An Act to Protect the Citizens of Maine from the Dangers of Counterfeit Consumer Goods. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 775, L.D. 2174)

Ch. 768 - An Act to Establish Criteria for Tax Incentive Programs. (H.P. 1754, L.D. 2460)

Ch. 769 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Study the Need for an Agricultural Vitality Zone Program. (S.P. 982, L.D. 2532)

Ch. 770 - An Act to Improve Educational Programming at Juvenile Correctional Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1872, L.D. 2608)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 9, 2000

Ch. 771 - An Act to Enhance the Enforcement of Civil and Criminal Violations. (H.P. 182, L.D. 260)

Ch. 772 - An Act Regarding Wrongful Death Actions. (H.P. 480, L.D. 687)

Ch. 773 - An Act Regarding the Solid Waste Hauling and Disposal Industry. (H.P. 1736, L.D. 2442)

Ch. 774 - An Act to Clarify the Tuition Waiver Program for Persons Who Resided in Foster Care as Children. (H.P. 1909, L.D. 2657)

Ch. 775 - 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. (H.P. 1946, L.D. 2690)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Ch. 776 - An Act to Implement the Land Use Recommendations of the Task Force on State Office Building Location, Other State Growth-related Capital Investments and Patterns of Development. (S.P. 1027, L.D. 2600)

Ch. 777 - An Act to Implement a Maine Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. (S.P. 1083, L.D. 2687)

Ch. 778 - An Act to Provide Services for Children in Need of Supervision. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1138, L.D. 1623)

Ch. 779 - An Act to Reduce the Release of Mercury into the Environment from Consumer Products. (S.P. 734, L.D. 2084)

Ch. 780 - An Act to Provide for the Establishment of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs in Maine Courts. (H.P. 1409, L.D. 2014)

Ch. 781 - An Act to Establish and Fund Conflict Resolution Education and Civil Rights Team Programs in the Public Schools. (H.P. 928, L.D. 1305)

Ch. 782 - An Act to Establish the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Fund and Reconstruct 2 Small Dams in Whiting. (H.P. 1768, L.D. 2481)

Ch. 783 - An Act to Support Child Care Education and Services. (S.P. 963, L.D. 2505)

Ch. 784 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Study the Operation of and Support for the Board of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1814, L.D. 2547)

Ch. 785 - An Act to Establish the Council on Children and Families and to Ensure the Continuation of the Governor's Children's Cabinet. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 1076, L.D. 2679)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 11, 2000

Ch. 786 - An Act to Establish Fairer Pricing for Prescription Drugs. (S.P. 1026, L.D. 2599)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 5, 2000

Ch. 87 - An Act to Provide Payment for Overtime Amounts Due and to Reimburse for Costs Incurred in an Action to Recover those Amounts. (H.P. 1803, L.D. 2530)

Ch. 88 - An Act to Provide for Safety in the Maine Conservation Corps. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 915, L.D. 2367)

Ch. 89 - An Act to Support Maine's Only Representative to the Nation's Capital Bicentennial Celebration. (S.P. 1042, L.D. 2630)

Ch. 90 - An Act to Reduce the State Tax Valuation for the Town of Standish. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 990, L.D. 2545)

Ch. 91 - An Act to Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services to be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2000-01. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1831, L.D. 2567)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 8, 2000

Ch. 92 - An Act to Provide Funding to the Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (H.P. 123, L.D. 154)

Ch. 93 - 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. (H.P. 1892, L.D. 2633)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Ch. 94 - An Act to Improve Elver Fishery Management. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 304, L.D. 906)

Ch. 95 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Study the Need for an Ombudsman for the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Relating to the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. (H.P. 397, L.D. 528)

Ch. 96 - An Act to Ensure Adequate Funding of Adult Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1778, L.D. 2492)

Ch. 97 - An Act to Help Support the Medical Ride Volunteer Service. (S.P. 933, L.D. 2383)

Ch. 98 - An Act to Fund the Lakes Heritage Trust Fund. (H.P. 1764, L.D. 2470)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 5, 2000

Ch. 121 - Resolve, to Establish the National Guard Education Assistance Pilot Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 1017, L.D. 2585)

Ch. 122 - Resolve, Authorizing the Refund of Sales Tax Overpayments to a Maine Business. (S.P. 1067, L.D. 2660)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 8, 2000

Ch. 123 - Resolve, to Create a Seamless Treatment Plan for the Juvenile Offender with Substance Abuse Problems. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 466, L.D. 629)

Ch. 124 - Resolve, to Establish the Round Table to Study Economic and Labor Issues Relating to the Forest Products Industry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1400, L.D. 2005)

Ch. 125 - Resolve, to Require the State Sealer to Conduct Spot Checks at Timber Mills. (H.P. 1751, L.D. 2457)

Ch. 126 - Resolve, to Establish the Commission to Study Domestic Violence. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1906, L.D. 2651)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Ch. 127 - Resolve, to Establish the Committee to Develop a Compensation Program for Victims of Abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and to Continue Oversight of Multiagency Cooperation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1135, L.D. 1620)

Ch. 128 - Resolve, to Improve Access to Technical Education and Ensure a Skilled Work Force. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 973, L.D. 2519)

Ch. 129 - Resolve, to Implement the Recommendations Contained in the Report Entitled "Women's Health: An Action Plan for Maine." (S.P. 923, L.D. 2374)

Ch. 130 - Resolve, to Establish a Commission to Study Kindergarten-to-grade-12 Educator Recruitment and Retention. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1658, L.D. 2327)

Ch. 131 - Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-terrain Vehicles and Watercraft. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1901, L.D. 2645)

Ch. 132 - Resolve, to Establish the Task Force to Reduce the Burden of Home Heating Costs on Low-income Households. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1677, L.D. 2343)

(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.)

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.