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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 18

Monday, May 7, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Ch. 67 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations Relating to Education Made by the Joint Study Committee to Study Bomb Threats in Maine Schools. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 232, L.D. 269)

Ch. 68 - An Act to Designate the Second Saturday in September as Maine Youth Field and Stream Day. (H.P. 61, L.D. 70)

Ch. 69 - An Act to Correct Errors in the Laws Regarding Court Unification. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 732, L.D. 952)

Ch. 70 - An Act to Modify the Maine Student Incentive Scholarship Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 300, L.D. 1011)

Ch. 71 - An Act to Clarify Marketing Standards for Telephone Utilities and Competitive Electricity Providers. (H.P. 146, L.D. 157)

Ch. 72 - An Act to Amend the Maine Insurance Code to Adopt Statutory Insurance Accounting Principles. (H.P. 654, L.D. 854)

Ch. 73 - An Act to Reduce Noise Pollution. (S.P. 153, L.D. 497)

Ch. 74 - An Act to Authorize the Department of Transportation to Locate and Construct Railroad Lines. (S.P. 140, L.D. 463)

Ch. 75 - An Act to Amend Disclosure Reporting Requirements. (H.P. 310, L.D. 388)

Ch. 76 - An Act to Amend the Small Power Production and Cogeneration Laws. (S.P. 151, L.D. 495)

Ch. 77 - An Act to Increase the Penalty for Misuse of Placards or Registration Plates for Handicapped Motor Vehicle Operators. (H.P. 353, L.D. 443)

Ch. 78 - An Act to Promote Affordable Housing for the Elderly. (H.P. 397, L.D. 518)

Ch. 79 - An Act to Amend the Definition of "Health Insurance." (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 323, L.D. 413)

Ch. 80 - An Act to Establish the Identification Card of a Maine Indian Tribe as an Acceptable Form of Identification. (H.P. 396, L.D. 517)

Ch. 81 - An Act to Discourage Frivolous Appeals. (S.P. 224, L.D. 789)

Ch. 82 - An Act to Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code. (H.P. 322, L.D. 412)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 3, 2001

Ch. 83 - An Act to Make Additional Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2001. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 212, L.D. 777) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Ch. 10 - An Act to Provide George J. Mitchell and William S. Cohen Lifetime License Plates. (H.P. 782, L.D. 1026)

Ch. 11 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Gray Water District. (H.P. 480, L.D. 620)

Ch. 12 - An Act to Implement the Continuation of Service Recommendations of the Committee to Develop a Compensation Program for Victims of Abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 167, L.D. 178)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Ch. 7 - Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Marine Resources to Convey by Transfer and Easement to the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District the State's Interest in Certain Property on McKown Point in West Boothbay Harbor. (H.P. 265, L.D. 343)

Ch. 8 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Submit a Proposal to Encourage the Harvest of Coyotes. (H.P. 199, L.D. 229)

(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, MAY 4, 2001

L.D. 1782, H.P. 1321
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Section 4.04K of Chapter 4: Regulations for Licensing/Certifying of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in the State of Maine, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1783, H.P. 1322
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 60: New School Siting Approval, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1784, H.P. 1324
An Act to Lower Costs in the Small Group Market. (Presented by Speaker SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 1785, S.P. 609
An Act Concerning Disabled Hunters, Trappers and Anglers. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, S.P. 55.)

L.D. 1786, S.P. 610
An Act to Amend the Review Criteria for Submerged Leases of Coastal Waters. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1787, H.P. 1328
An Act to Implement Municipal Recommendations Regarding Surface Water Use on Great Ponds. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, H.P. 612.)

L.D. 1788, H.P. 1331
An Act to Allow Marine Patrol Officers to Hold Elected Positions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1325.)

L.D. 1789, H.P. 1333
An Act Regarding the Length of Service for Retirement Benefits and Limits on Earnable Compensation for Certain State Employees. (Presented by Representative MATTHEWS of Winslow)

L.D. 1790, H.P. 1334
An Act to Create the Healthy Maine Prescription Program. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Speaker SAXL of Portland)

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.

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