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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Millicent M. MacFarland, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXVII, No. 11

Monday, March 19, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Ch. 3 - An Act to Allow Certified Insurance Counselors to Qualify as Risk Managers. (H.P. 71, L.D. 80)

Ch. 4 - An Act to Correct a Reference in the Maine Juvenile Code. (H.P. 31, L.D. 5)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Ch. 5 - An Act to Establish Maine Lighthouse Week. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 102, L.D. 106)

(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 16, 2001

L.D. 1554, H.P. 1151
An Act to Allow Health Insurance Premiums to be Eligible for Medical Savings Accounts. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1555, H.P. 1152
An Act to Require Fishing Boats Rather than Individuals to be Licensed for Saltwater Commercial Ventures. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1556, H.P. 1156
An Act to Protect Children from Internet Pornography. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 1557, H.P. 1157
An Act to Exempt the City of Waterville, the Town of Winslow and School Administrative District 47 and School Administrative District 49 from Lease Limitations on Educational Structures. (Presented by Representative TESSIER of Fairfield)

L.D. 1558, H.P. 1158
An Act to Amend the Licensing and Survey Requirements for Residential Care Facilities and Congregate Housing Services Programs. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1559, H.P. 1159
An Act to Amend the Zoning Laws Regarding Dimensional Variances. (Presented by Representative MUSE of South Portland)

L.D. 1560, H.P. 1160
An Act Authorizing Patients to Designate Visitors. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1561, H.P. 1161
An Act to Require Sprinkler Protection in all Secondary and Postsecondary Dormitories. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1562, H.P. 1162
An Act to Update the Name of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1563, H.P. 1163
An Act to Amend School Immunizations Requirements. (Presented by Representative NUTTING of Oakland)

L.D. 1564, H.P. 1164
An Act to Amend the Laws Affecting Changeable Message Signs. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 1565, H.P. 1165
An Act to Expand the Collection of DNA Samples from Convicted Offenders. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

L.D. 1566, H.P. 1166
An Act to Improve Pension Benefits for Employees in the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Oil and Hazardous Waste Facilities Regulation. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1567, H.P. 1167
An Act to Require Registration of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1568, H.P. 1168
An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental or Learning Disabilities or Mental Illness. (Presented by Representative BRANNIGAN of Portland)

L.D. 1569, H.P. 1169
An Act to Support a Continuum of Quality Long-term Care Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1570, H.P. 1170
An Act to Update the Property Tax Exemption for Pollution Control Facilities to Promote Clean Production through Pollution Prevention and Toxics Use Reduction. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1571, H.P. 1171
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor to Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative BUCK of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1572, H.P. 1172
An Act to Provide Insurance Parity for Mental Health Services. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1573, H.P. 1173
An Act to Enact the Uniform Principal and Income Act of 1997. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1574, S.P. 484
An Act to Establish the Maine Boating Safety Advisory Council. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SAWYER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1575, S.P. 486
An Act to Improve the Effectiveness of the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1576, S.P. 487
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education to Revise its Rules Relating to School Lunch Program. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1577, S.P. 488
An Act to Encourage New Hunters. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1578, S.P. 489
An Act to Clarify the Laws Governing Employment by the State. (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1579, S.P. 490
An Act to Clarify the Unlawful Use of Snowmobile Trails. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1580, S.P. 491
An Act to Fund the Implementation of Student Achievement Standards by Fulfilling the State Commitment to Fund 55% of Public Education Costs for Kindergarten to Grade 12. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1581, S.P. 492
An Act to Allow the Department of Human Services Abuse and Neglect Investigators Access to Certain Baxter School for the Deaf Records. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1582, S.P. 493
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $4,250,000 to Construct New or Retrofit Existing Pollution Control Structures on Maine Farms to Protect the Environment, to Construct Environmentally Sound Water Sources that Help Avoid Drought Damage to Crops, and to Recapitalize the Potato Market Improvement Fund. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator KNEELAND of Aroostook)

L.D. 1583, S.P. 494
An Act to Provide Pension Equity for Mental Health Workers. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1584, S.P. 495
An Act to Change the Retirement Eligibility Requirement for Game Wardens. (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1585, S.P. 498
An Act to Restore a Workers' Compensation Hearing Officer Position in Aroostook County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1586, S.P. 499
An Act to Separate Territory from the Town of Falmouth and Annex it to the City of Portland. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1587, S.P. 500
An Act to Amend the Commercial Large Game Shooting Area to Change the Date of Operation. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1588, S.P. 501
An Act to Appropriate Funds for a Study to Determine the Feasibility of a Medical School in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1589, S.P. 502
An Act to Define "Operated" in Relation to Commercial Large Game Shooting Areas. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1590, S.P. 503
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow Landowners to Withdraw without Penalty from Current Use Programs under Certain Conditions. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1591, S.P. 504
An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage, to Expand the Tax Credit for Health Benefits Paid by a Small Business and to Increase the Earned Income Credit. (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1592, S.P. 505
An Act to Offer Businesses and the Technical Colleges Incentives for Providing Workforce Health Care Training. (Presented by Senator LONGLEY of Waldo)

L.D. 1593, S.P. 506
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $20,000,000 to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis in the State. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1594, S.P. 507
An Act to Provide Disclosure and Financial Protections to Temporary Workers. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1595, S.P. 508
An Act to Increase the Number of Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists to Serve Maine Schools. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 1596, S.P. 509
An Act to Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982. (Presented by Senator McALEVEY of York)

L.D. 1597, H.P. 1174
An Act to Promote Growth in Western Maine. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1598, H.P. 1175
An Act to Provide for Hunting 7 Days a Week on Lands North of the East-West Highway. (Presented by Representative MICHAEL of Auburn)

L.D. 1599, H.P. 1176
An Act to Clarify the Maine Human Rights Act Concerning Responsibility for Employment Discrimination. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 1600, H.P. 1177
An Act to Provide Relief from High Fuel Costs. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1601, H.P. 1178
An Act to Authorize the Construction of Public Trails in Shoreland Areas. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1602, H.P. 1179
An Act to Prevent Violence Against Pregnant Mothers. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1603, H.P. 1180
An Act to Expand Family Life Education in Maine Schools. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1604, H.P. 1181
An Act Concerning Moose Hunting Permits for Elderly Hunters. (Presented by Representative JONES of Greenville)

L.D. 1605, H.P. 1182
An Act to Control Agency Staffing Costs Affecting Long-term Care. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1606, H.P. 1183
An Act to Limit Funding for Special Education. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 1607, H.P. 1184
An Act to Further Protect the Rights of Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1608, H.P. 1185
An Act to End Discrimination Against Veterans. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1609, H.P. 1186
An Act to Provide a Family Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1610, H.P. 1187
An Act to Clarify the Legal Status of Employees of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1611, H.P. 1188
Resolve, to Establish a Task Force to Study Parenting Alienation Syndrome and Related Issues. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 1612, H.P. 1189
An Act to Regulate Colonics. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1613, H.P. 1190
An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BUCK of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1614, H.P. 1191
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Secretary of State and the Maine State Police Regarding Low-speed Vehicles. (Submitted by the Secretary of State and the Maine State Police pursuant to Public Law 1999, chapter 660, section 4.)

L.D. 1615, H.P. 1193
An Act to Provide Pricing Options to Agency Liquor Stores. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1616, H.P. 1194
An Act to Assist Regional Service Centers With the Construction of Parking Garages. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1617, H.P. 1195
An Act to Provide Quality of Life Assurances for Maine's Most Vulnerable Citizens. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1618, H.P. 1196
An Act to Review Utility Easements on a Periodic Basis. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1619, H.P. 1197
Resolve, to Establish a Commission to Study Maine's Election Procedures and Voting Laws. (Presented by Representative SHIELDS of Auburn)

L.D. 1620, H.P. 1198
An Act to Enact Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Firearms Offenses to Make the State Eligible for Firearms Sentencing Incentive Grants. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MUSE of South Portland)

L.D. 1621, H.P. 1199
An Act to Require that a Corporation Meet the Same Requirements as an Individual for Proof of Insurance. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1622, H.P. 1200
An Act to Regulate Camp Lot Leases. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1623, H.P. 1201
An Act Concerning the Formation of the Central Maine Regional Public Safety Communication Center. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1624, H.P. 1202
An Act Concerning the Payment of Child Support. (Presented by Representative HAWES of Standish)

L.D. 1625, H.P. 1203
Resolve, to Establish the Task Force to Examine Health Care Delivery Systems Within the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 1626, H.P. 1204
An Act to Make the Laws Affecting Certain Bridges Consistent with Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 1627, H.P. 1205
An Act to Ensure Equality in Mental Health Coverage. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1628, H.P. 1206
An Act to Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services to be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2001-2002. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Audit pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 1629, S.P. 510
An Act to Increase the State Share of Health Insurance for Certain Retired Teachers. (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1630, S.P. 511
An Act to Permit the Issuance of Certain Types of Consumer Credit Insurance. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1631, S.P. 512
An Act to Provide Exemptions from the 5% cap on Earnable Compensation for Retirement Purposes. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1632, S.P. 513
Resolve, Directing the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to Determine the Physical Condition of Information Technology Infrastructure in the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President Pro Tem BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1633, S.P. 514
An Act to Clarify Rights of Retainage in Public Construction Contracts. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1634, S.P. 515
An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Small Business Commission. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1635, S.P. 516
An Act to Increase the Debt Limit of the Calais School District Trustees. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1636, S.P. 517
An Act to Increase Funding Alternatives for Small School Construction Projects. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1637, S.P. 518
An Act to Amend the Revised Maine Securities Act. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1638, S.P. 519
An Act to Reform Health Care in the State. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1639, S.P. 520
An Act to Improve the Licensing and Regulation of Denturists. (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1640, S.P. 521
An Act to Conform the State's Financial Services Privacy Laws with Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1641, H.P. 1209
Resolve, to Require that Hospice Care be Provided Under the Medicaid Program. (Presented by Representative COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 1642, H.P. 1210
An Act to Provide for the Continuous Coverage of Disability Benefits. (Presented by Representative MATTHEWS of Winslow)

L.D. 1643, H.P. 1211
An Act to Provide Criteria for the Municipal Use of Rate of Growth Ordinances. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1644, H.P. 1212
An Act to Amend and Improve Education Laws. (Presented by Representative RICHARD of Madison)

L.D. 1645, H.P. 1213
An Act to Address Confidentiality of Records in the Medical Examiner Act. (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 1646, S.P. 523
An Act to Provide Statewide Access for Schools and Libraries to On-line Reference Materials and Periodicals. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1647, S.P. 524
An Act to Allow Averaging of Unallocated Balances Over 3% for School Budgets. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1648, S.P. 525
An Act to Expand Higher Educational Opportunities in Underserved Rural Areas. (Presented by President Pro Tem BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1649, S.P. 526
An Act to Establish a Commercial Green Crab Fishing License. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 1650, S.P. 527
An Act to Require Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment for Parents of Children Referred to Child Protective Services. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1651, S.P. 528
An Act to Preserve Maine Pharmacies. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1652, S.P. 529
An Act to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and to Reallocate the Cost of Health Care Insurance. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1653, S.P. 530
An Act Making Technical Changes in the Marine Resources Laws. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 1654, S.P. 533
An Act to Enhance and Protect Disclosure of Confidential Property Tax Information. (Presented by President Pro Tem BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1655, S.P. 534
An Act to Regulate Unused Property Markets. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1656, S.P. 535
An Act to Simplify and Reform the School Funding Formula. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1657, H.P. 1216
An Act to Improve Emergency Medical Services by Expanding the Pool of Qualified Emergency Medical Services Personnel. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1658, H.P. 1217
An Act Regarding Passamaquoddy Land in Township 19, M.D.. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1659, H.P. 1218
Resolve, Establishing a Task Force to Study Alternative Secondary Education and the Unique Needs of Disenfranchised Students. (Presented by Representative PEAVEY of Woolwich)

L.D. 1660, H.P. 1219
An Act to Encourage Independent 3rd-party Forest Management Certification for Small Woodlot Owners. (Presented by Representative GREEN of Monmouth)

L.D. 1661, H.P. 1220
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Portland Water District to Permit the Extension of Water and Wastewater Service to the Town of Raymond. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BRUNO of Raymond)

L.D. 1662, H.P. 1221
Resolve, to Study the Emergency Medical Services System. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1663, H.P. 1222
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $17,200,000 to Construct and Upgrade Water Pollution Control Facilities, to Remove Discharges, to Remediate Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, to Clean up Tire Stockpiles, to Make Drinking Water System Improvements and to Develop Municipal Digital Data Layers and Maps. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1664, H.P. 1223
An Act to Amend Certain Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 1665, H.P. 1224
An Act to Further Reduce Mercury Emissions from Consumer Products. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1666, H.P. 1225
An Act to Improve the Inspection and Maintenance of Underground Oil Storage Tanks. (Presented by Representative TOBIN of Windham)

L.D. 1667, S.P. 536
Resolve, to Approve Conceptual Elements of the Augusta State Facilities Master Plan. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1668, S.P. 537
An Act to Expand Research and Development Facilities within the University of Maine System. (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1669, S.P. 538
An Act to Increase Business Opportunities at the Port of Eastport. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1670, S.P. 539
An Act Regarding Child Abandonment. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 1671, S.P. 540
Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study Combining the Resources of the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Department of Transportation. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1672, S.P. 541
An Act to Create the Washington County Development Authority. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1673, H.P. 1226
An Act to Restructure the Kennebec County Advisory Budget Committee. (Presented by Representative MITCHELL of Vassalboro)

L.D. 1674, H.P. 1227
An Act to Allow Boards of Professions to Grant Hardship Waivers. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1675, H.P. 1228
Resolve, to Facilitate Attracting and Retaining a High Quality Work Force at the University of Maine System. (Presented by Speaker SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 1676, H.P. 1229
An Act to Establish the Maine Forest Certification Council. (Presented by Speaker SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 1677, H.P. 1230
An Act to Enhance Tourism Promotion and Increase State Revenues. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1678, H.P. 1231
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Establish the Legislative Compensation Commission. (Presented by Speaker SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 1679, H.P. 1232
An Act to Increase the Penalties for Animal Cruelty. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1680, H.P. 1233
An Act to Provide for the 2001 and 2002 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1681, H.P. 1234
An Act Relating to Personal Privacy and Governmental Information Practices. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1154.)

L.D. 1682, H.P. 1235
An Act to Restructure the Sea Urchin Lottery. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources pursuant to Public Law 1997, chapter 685, section 15.)

L.D. 1683, H.P. 1238
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Veterans Commemorative Decal Task Force. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Public Law 1999, chapter 751.)

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.

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Bill status information is available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/session.