weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVI, No. 23

Monday, May 29, 2000

119th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

Adjourned on May 12, 2000

END OF THE SESSION ISSUE

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the Second Regular Session of the 119th Legislature become effective August 11, 2000. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the governor.

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Ch. 787 - An Act to Fund the Construction of Court Facilities in Maine. (S.P. 1034, L.D. 2619)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 18, 2000

Ch. 788 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the 118th Legislative Joint Select Committee to Implement a Program for the Control, Care and Treatment of Sexually Violent Predators. (S.P. 111, L.D. 308)

Ch. 789 - An Act to Improve School Safety and Learning Environments. (S.P. 298, L.D. 870)

Ch. 790 - An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1665, L.D. 2334)

Ch. 791 - An Act to Provide Funding for Background Checks and Fingerprinting for School District Employees. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 951, L.D. 2490)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Ch. 99 - An Act to Protect and Enhance the United States Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. (S.P. 1031, L.D. 2611)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 18, 2000

Ch. 100 - An Act to Appropriate Funding for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics for Fiscal Year 1999-00. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1687, L.D. 2393)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 18, 2000

Ch. 133 - Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to Adopt Rules Regulating Push Polling. (S.P. 420, L.D. 1257)

Ch. 134 - Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study the Establishment of an Environmental Leadership Program. (S.P. 529, L.D. 1562)

Ch. 135 - Resolve, to Create a Commission to Study and Establish Moral Policies Regarding Foreign Investments and Foreign Purchasing by the State. (H.P. 1755, L.D. 2461)

Ch. 136 - Resolve, to Establish the Commission to Study Ownership Patterns in Maine. (H.P. 1809, L.D. 2535)

Ch. 137 - Resolve, Regarding Access to Marijuana for Medical Use. (S.P. 1012, L.D. 2580)

(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.)

BILL HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"…If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the Governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

An Act to Increase the Minimum Wage in Maine (S.P. 425, L.D 1262)

INTERIM STUDIES

Round Table to Study Economic and Labor Issues Relating to the Forest Products Industry (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 124, Resolves of 1999)

Legislative Committee to Study Access to Private and Public Land in Maine (Joint Order H. P. 1951)

Task Force to Reduce the Burden of Home Heating Costs on Low-Income Households (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 132, Resolves of 1999)

Joint Select Committee to Study the Creation of a Public/Private Purchasing Alliance to Ensure Access to Health Care for all Maine Citizens (Joint Order H.P. 1857)

Commission to Study the Most Effective Method of Providing Retail Rate Reimbursement for Parts and Labor (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 766, Public Laws of 1999)

Commission to Study Ownership Patterns in Maine (Chapter 136, Resolves of 1999)

Blue Ribbon Commission to Establish a Comprehensive Internet Policy (continuation) (Chapter 762, Public Laws of 1999)

Commission to Study Domestic Violence (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 126, Resolves of 1999)

Maine Fire Protection Services Commission (Chapter 731, Part AAAA, Public Laws of 1999)

Joint Study Committee to Study Bomb Threats in Maine Schools (Joint Order H.P. 1938)

Task Force on Educational Programming at Juvenile Correctional Facilities (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 770, Public Laws of 1999)

Joint Select Committee on School-based Health Care Services (Joint Order H.P. 1864)

Commission to Study Kindergarten-to-grade-12 Educator Recruitment and Retention (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 130, Resolves of 1999)

Joint Select Committee on the Psychiatric Treatment Initiative (Joint Order H.P. 1955)

Youth in Need of Services Oversight Committee (on-going) (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 778, Public Laws of 1999)

Task Force to Study the Implementation of the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Law (Chapter 137, Resolves of 1999)

Council on Children and Families (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 785, Public Laws of 1999)

Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-terrain Vehicles and Watercraft (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 131, Resolves of 1999)

Committee to Study Further Decriminalization of the Criminal Laws of Maine (Joint Order H.P. 1914)

Commission on the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse (Joint Order H.P. 1930)

Committee to Develop a Compensation Program for Victims of Abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and to Continue Oversight of Multi-agency Cooperation (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 127, Resolves of 1999)

MCJUSTIS Board (extension) (EMERGENCY) (Chapter 790, section 4, Public Laws of 1999)

Study Pension Plan Design and Benefits Under the Maine State Retirement System (Approved as part of Labor Committee's authorized interim work)

Commission to Study the Establishment of an Environmental Leadership Program (Chapter 134, Resolves of 1999)

Task Force to Study Market Power Issues Related to the Solid Waste Hauling and Disposal Industry (Chapter 773, Public Laws of 1999)

Task Force to Study Growth Management (Joint Order S.P. 1090)

Mercury Products Advisory Committee (Chapter 779, Public Laws of 1999)

Commission to Study Economically and Socially Just Policies for Foreign Investments and Foreign Purchasing by the State (Chapter 135, Resolves of 1999)

Resolve to Recognize Veterans of the Vietnam War in the State House Hall of Flags (Chapter 113, Resolves of 1999)

Committee on Gasoline and Fuel Prices (Joint Order H.P. 1774)

Task Force on the Maine Learning Technology Endowment (Chapter 731, Part FFF, Public Laws of 1999)

Long-term Care Implementation Committee (Chapter 731, Part BBBB, Public Laws of 1999)

Prescription Drug Advisory Commission (Chapter 786, Public Laws of 1999)

STUDY COMMISSIONS PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED

State Compensation Commission (3 MRSA, section 2-B)

Judicial Compensation Commission (4 MRSA, section 1701)

Commission on Performance Budgeting (5 MRSA, Chapter 151-C)

Statutory Review of Income Taxes (36 MRSA, section 197-199)

Commission to Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated With the Production of Salmonoid Sport Fish in Maine (Chapter 82, Resolves of 1999)

Citizens Advisory Committee to Secure the Future of Fish and Wildlife (Chapter 86, Resolves of 1999)

Economic Development Incentive Commission (5 MRSA, section 10370-L, subsection 5, as amended by Chapter 768, Public Laws of 1999)

Copies of 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.