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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 20

Monday, May 21, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Ch. 104 - An Act to Require the Department of Audit to Conduct Random Audits of State Programs. (H.P. 331, L.D. 421)

Ch. 105 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Building Permits in the Unorganized Territories. (H.P. 239, L.D. 276)

Ch. 106 - An Act to Lower In-state Phone Costs for Rural Maine. (S.P. 17, L.D. 33)

Ch. 107 - An Act to Change the Job Title of County Administrator to County Manager for York County. (S.P. 204, L.D. 769)

Ch. 108 - An Act to Prohibit the Exclusion of Legal Counsel as a Condition of Settlement. (H.P. 817, L.D. 1071)

Ch. 109 - An Act to Clarify Mixed Automobile Insurance. (S.P. 45, L.D. 213)

Ch. 110 - An Act to Clarify Access to Private Lines in a Public Way. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 252, L.D. 288)

Ch. 111 - An Act to Amend the Standards Regarding the Endangerment of the Welfare of a Dependent Person. (S.P. 71, L.D. 277)

Ch. 112 - An Act to Include Whole Scallops in the Shellfish Sanitation Program. (H.P. 267, L.D. 345)

Ch. 113 - An Act to Establish the Maine Cave Protection Act. (H.P. 439, L.D. 560)

Ch. 114 - An Act Concerning Eligibility Requirements for State Employees, Teachers and Participating Local District Employees to Purchase Military Service Credit. (S.P. 66, L.D. 237)

Ch. 115 - An Act Regarding Statute of Limitations for Attorneys. (H.P. 260, L.D. 309)

Ch. 116 - An Act to Exempt Organized Veterans Groups from Motor Vehicle Registration of Ceremonial Vehicles. (H.P. 557, L.D. 712)

Ch. 117 - An Act to Amend the Civil Court Procedure as it Pertains to Execution Liens. (H.P. 774, L.D. 1018)

Ch. 118 - An Act to Clarify and Make Technical Corrections to Retirement Laws. (S.P. 456, L.D. 1509)

Ch. 119 - An Act to Allow Members, Managers and Authorized Employees to Appear in Court for a Limited Liability Company. (S.P. 336, L.D. 1143)

Ch. 120 - An Act to Authorize State Agencies to Arrange for Direct Billing of Hotel Rooms for State Business. (S.P. 315, L.D. 1083)

Ch. 121 - An Act Conforming Maine Digital Signature Law to Federal Law. (H.P. 908, L.D. 1222)

Ch. 122 - An Act to Revise Maine Laws Governing Aquaculture. (H.P. 288, L.D. 366)

Ch. 123 - An Act Concerning Closed Periods for Lobstering. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 490, L.D. 630)

Ch. 124 - An Act to Remove Barriers to Providing Natural Gas Services. (S.P. 190, L.D. 662)

Ch. 125 - An Act to Streamline the Administration of the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 451, L.D. 1505) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 10, 2001

Ch. 126 - An Act Regarding Civil Actions Involving Insurance Coverage. (H.P. 40, L.D. 49)

Ch. 127 - An Act to Allow Averaging of Unallocated Balances Over 3% for School Budgets. (S.P. 524, L.D. 1647)

Ch. 128 - An Act to Bring the Crime of Refusing to Submit to Arrest or Detention into Conformity with the Maine Criminal Code. (H.P. 525, L.D. 680)

Ch. 129 - An Act to Require That Wolf Hybrids be Permanently Identified and to Establish Penalties for Releasing Wolf Hybrids from Captivity. (H.P. 584, L.D. 739)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 14, 2001

Ch. 130 - An Act to Create a Mandatory Automobile Insurance Premium Discount for Safe, Mature Drivers. (H.P. 34, L.D. 43)

Ch. 131 - An Act to Provide an Extra Hunting Opportunity for Junior License Holders. (H.P. 46, L.D. 55)

Ch. 132 - An Act to Allow a Person with a Disability to Ride in Vehicles Being Towed. (H.P. 530, L.D. 685)

Ch. 133 - An Act to Provide for Plenary Proceedings in Actions for Forcible Entry and Detainer. (S.P. 239, L.D. 807)

Ch. 134 - An Act to Amend the Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Laws. (H.P. 734, L.D. 954)

Ch. 135 - An Act to Provide for the Security of Certain Utility Information. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 716, L.D. 931)

Ch. 136 - An Act to Ensure Proper Funding of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 973, L.D. 1297)

Ch. 137 - An Act to Allow Flexibility in Regulation of Telephone Utilities. (H.P. 849, L.D. 1121)

Ch. 138 - An Act to Permit the Issuance of Certain Types of Consumer Credit Insurance. (S.P. 511, L.D. 1630)

Ch. 139 - An Act to Amend the Public Drinking Law. (H.P. 703, L.D. 918)

Ch. 140 - An Act to Authorize the Department of Transportation to Use the Design-Build Method of Project Delivery. (S.P. 211, L.D. 776)

Ch. 141 - An Act to Amend the Supervised Community Confinement Law. (H.P. 714, L.D. 929)

Ch. 142 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Small Business Commission. (S.P. 515, L.D. 1634)

Ch. 143 - An Act to Change the Fiscal Year of Sagadahoc County. (H.P. 206, L.D. 241)

Ch. 144 - An Act to Amend the Covered Load Laws. (S.P. 293, L.D. 1004)

Ch. 145 - An Act to Clarify when Reduced Speed Limits are in Effect in School Zones. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 643, L.D. 843)

Ch. 146 - An Act to Ensure that Fishways on Inland Waters are Working. (H.P. 140, L.D. 151)

Ch. 147 - An Act to Increase the Dedicated Wild Blueberry Tax. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 961, L.D. 1274)

Ch. 148 - An Act to Modernize the Laws Regarding Bicycle Safety. (H.P. 263, L.D. 312)

Ch. 149 - An Act to Establish a Light Trailer Transporter Plate and License. (S.P. 56, L.D. 220)

Ch. 150 - An Act to Eliminate the 3 Advisory Members of the Somerset County Budget Committee. (S.P. 100, L.D. 326)

Ch. 151 - An Act to Allow Individuals with Disability Registration Plates or Placards to Park Where There is a Parking Meter Without a Charge. (H.P. 300, L.D. 378)

Ch. 152 - An Act to Enhance Participation in the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 250, L.D. 882)

Ch. 153 - An Act Concerning the Administration of Medications in County Jails. (H.P. 502, L.D. 642)

Ch. 154 - An Act to Allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to Levy an Administrative Fee against Toll Evaders. (S.P. 417, L.D. 1361)

Ch. 155 - An Act to Eliminate the Fees Imposed on Purple Heart Recipients for Special Registration Plates. (H.P. 730, L.D. 950)

Ch. 156 - An Act to Allow Flexibility in Payment of School Year Employee Wages. (H.P. 1110, L.D. 1479)

Ch. 157 - An Act to Amend the Employment Tax Increment Financing Program. (S.P. 192, L.D. 664)

Ch. 158 - An Act to Clarify the Maine Turnpike Authority's Power Regarding Confidentiality of Information. (S.P. 90, L.D. 317)

Ch. 159 - An Act Concerning Commercial Driver License Certification. (H.P. 553, L.D. 708)

Ch. 160 - An Act to Discourage Underage Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. (H.P. 222, L.D. 257)

Ch. 161 - An Act to Revise the Salaries of Certain Kennebec County Officers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1310, L.D. 1773)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Ch. 162 - An Act to Provide a Local Option on Display of the United States and State flags. (H.P. 369, L.D. 471)

Ch. 163 - An Act to Clarify the Law Regarding Name Changes. (H.P. 285, L.D. 363)

Ch. 164 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Potato Board. (S.P. 285, L.D. 996)

Ch. 165 - An Act to Modify the Bureau of Insurance Complaint Ratios and to Increase the Amount of Penalties Assessed Against Violators of the Maine Insurance Code. (H.P. 338, L.D. 428)

Ch. 166 - An Act to Amend the Maine Athletic Commission Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 561, L.D. 1723)

Ch. 167 - An Act to Allow the Agencies of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to Revoke Professional and Occupational Licenses. (H.P. 385, L.D. 487)

Ch. 168 - An Act to Implement the Maine Agricultural Internship and Training Program. (S.P. 227, L.D. 792)

Ch. 169 - An Act Concerning the State Board of Funeral Service. (H.P. 378, L.D. 480)

Ch. 170 - An Act to Repeal the Requirement that the Kennebec County Budget be Approved by the Legislature. (H.P. 427, L.D. 548)

Ch. 171 - An Act Regarding Prisoner Participation in Public Work Projects or Improvements to Charitable Organizations' Property. (H.P. 264, L.D. 313)

Ch. 172 - An Act to Restructure the Kennebec County Advisory Budget Committee. (H.P. 1226, L.D. 1673)

Ch. 173 - An Act to Authorize the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission to Introduce Legislation and to Organize Assemblies of State and Tribal Leaders. (H.P. 879, L.D. 1171)

Ch. 174 - An Act to Restrict the Use of the Term "Maine Water" to Water From Maine. (S.P. 410, L.D. 1354)

Ch. 175 - An Act to Change the Dates for Licensing of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions. (S.P. 284, L.D. 995)

Ch. 176 - An Act to Eliminate the Requirement that Workers' Compensation Insurers Disclose Certain Cost Breakdowns When Issuing Workers' Compensation Policies. (H.P. 533, L.D. 688)

Ch. 177 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation Resulting from Its Review of Income Tax Expenditures Pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, chapter 9. (S.P. 234, L.D. 803)

Ch. 178 - An Act to Require Elevators Installed during New Construction be Large enough to Accommodate Ambulance Stretchers. (H.P. 56, L.D. 65)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ch. 179 - An Act to Amend the Law Governing the Child Care Advisory Council and to Gather Data on Child Care Services in the State. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 21, L.D. 37)

Ch. 180 - An Act to Allow Vehicles to Travel for Inspection and Repair. (H.P. 445, L.D. 566)

Ch. 181 - An Act to Amend the Laws of the Maine State Retirement System. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 576, L.D. 1754)

Ch. 182 - An Act to Establish the Office of Securities within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (H.P. 465, L.D. 593)

Ch. 183 - An Act to Amend the Revised Maine Securities Act. (S.P. 518, L.D. 1637)

Ch. 184 - An Act Regarding the State's Land Use Mediation Program. (S.P. 68, L.D. 264)

Ch. 185 - An Act to Amend the Health Care Facility Immunization Laws. (H.P. 1044, L.D. 1401)

Ch. 186 - An Act to Establish a Commercial Green Crab Fishing License. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 526, L.D. 1649)

Ch. 187 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Harvest of Adult Eels. (S.P. 394, L.D. 1309)

Ch. 188 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Municipal Shellfish Management. (H.P. 1266, L.D. 1717)

Ch. 189 - An Act to Address Violence in Schools. (S.P. 113, L.D. 339)

Ch. 190 - An Act to Ensure that Fishways on Tidal Waters are Working. (H.P. 464, L.D. 592)

Ch. 191 - An Act to Exempt from the Definition of "Watercraft" Permanently Affixed Boats. (H.P. 350, L.D. 440)

Ch. 192 - An Act Concerning the Enforcement of Laws Relating to Scalloping in Cobscook Bay. (S.P. 383, L.D. 1280)

Ch. 193 - An Act to Foster the Survival of Maine Small Businesses in Snowmobile and ATV Sales. (S.P. 247, L.D. 815)

Ch. 194 - An Act Relating to the Office of Substance Abuse. (S.P. 404, L.D. 1320)

Ch. 195 - An Act to Amend the Lobster Fishing Owner and Operator Laws to Allow Limited Charter Vessel Operation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 301, L.D. 379)

Ch. 196 - An Act to Clarify the Maine Biomedical Research Program. (S.P. 552, L.D. 1710)

Ch. 197 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Secretary of State and the Maine State Police Regarding Low-speed Vehicles. (H.P. 1191, L.D. 1614)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Ch. 15 - An Act to Create the Boothbay Region Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 440, L.D. 1442)

Ch. 16 - An Act to Authorize the Town of Bar Harbor to Acquire the Bar Harbor Water Company. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 159, L.D. 503)

Ch. 17 - An Act for Voluntary Testing for Hepatitis-C of Adult Prisoners in the Maine Correctional System. (H.P. 968, L.D. 1292)

Ch. 18 - An Act to Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services to be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2001-2002. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1206, L.D. 1628)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 14, 2001

Ch. 19 - An Act to Revise the Charter of the Ogunquit Sewer District. (S.P. 252, L.D. 884)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Ch. 20 - An Act to Increase the Borrowing Capacity of the Topsham Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 985, L.D. 1322)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ch. 21 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Vinalhaven Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1275, L.D. 1735)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Ch. 12 - Resolve, to Amend Certain Dates for the Issuance of Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1002, L.D. 1339)

Ch. 13 - Resolve, Authorizing the Transfer of Land from the State to School Administrative District No. 16. (H.P. 656, L.D. 856)

Ch. 14 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in 6 Parcels of Land, One with a Building, Held by the Department of Education and Located in the Unorganized Territories. (S.P. 65, L.D. 236)

Ch. 15 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor to Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1171, L.D. 1571)

Ch. 16 - Resolve, Requiring the Maine Arts Commission to Review the Feasibility of Establishing a Performing Artist Subsidy Program for Fairs. (H.P. 861, L.D. 1133)

Ch. 17 - Resolve, Requiring an Evaluation and Reform of the Tax Expenditure Review Process. (S.P. 179, L.D. 607)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 14, 2001

Ch. 18 - Resolve, to Authorize the Development of a New Railroad Bridge on the Union Branch Railroad Line over Back Cove in Portland. (H.P. 1053, L.D. 1416)

Ch. 19 - Resolve, for Laying of the County Taxes and Authorizing Expenditures of Kennebec County for the Year 2001. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1309, L.D. 1772)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Ch. 20 - Resolve, to Amend the National Guard Education Assistance Pilot Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 429, L.D. 550)

Ch. 21 - Resolve, to Provide for the Transfer of Funds to the Tire Management Fund and Require a Plan to Permanently Dedicate Fees Paid When Purchasing a New Tire or Battery to Tire Stockpile Abatement, Remediation and Cleanup. (H.P. 200, L.D. 230)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ch. 22 - Resolve, Directing a Study of the Creation of a Fire and Emergency Services Academy. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 271, L.D. 936)

Ch. 23 - Resolve, to Assist Municipalities in Developing and Using Geographic Information Systems to Track Development and Promote Smart Growth. (H.P. 457, L.D. 578)

Ch. 24 - Resolve, Authorizing the Adjutant General to File a Finalized Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions with the Kennebec County Registry of Deeds in the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery Located on the Mount Vernon Road in Augusta. (S.P. 408, L.D. 1352)

Ch. 25 - Resolve, to Coordinate and Improve Access To Health Care for Women. (H.P. 419, L.D. 540)

(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 18, 2001

L.D. 1799, S.P. 619
An Act to Strengthen the Certificate of Need Law. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1800, S.P. 620
An Act to Enhance the Enforcement and Prosecution of Computer Crimes Through Support of the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, S.P. 597.)

L.D. 1801, H.P. 1346
Resolve, to Modify the State Valuation for the HoltraChem Property in the Town of Orrington. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ROSEN of Bucksport)

L.D. 1802, H.P. 1345
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 115, Part I, Section 8.5: Targeted Need Certificate, a Major Substantive Rule of the State Board of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1803, H.P. 1348
Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to Accept Land for a Veterans' Cemetery in Southern Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1292.)

L.D. 1804, S.P. 622
An Act to Improve the Accessibility and Affordability of Health Care Benefits in the State. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1805, S.P. 623
An Act to Amend the Charter of Bates College. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1806, H.P. 1349
An Act to Repeal Certain Boards and Commissions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2001 H.P. 1208.)

L.D. 1807, H.P. 1350
Resolve, Directing the State Auditor to Amend the Campaign Finance Reporting Form for Candidates to a Form Similar to the Form Used in 1994. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, H.P. 1246.)

L.D. 1808, H.P. 1351
An Act Regarding the Laws Governing the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management and the Commission to Recognize Veterans of the Vietnam War in the State House Hall of Flags. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, H.P. 1340.)

L.D. 1809, H.P. 1352
An Act Concerning the Penalties for Late Filing of Accelerated Campaign Reporting Under the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1810, H.P. 1353
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Study Access to Private and Public Lands in Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Joint Order 1999, H.P. 1951.)

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.