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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 21

Monday, May 28, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 17, 2001

Ch. 198 - An Act to Clarify the Rights of Residents Within Wildlife Sanctuaries. (H.P. 516, L.D. 655)

Ch. 199 - An Act to Clarify Laws Pertaining to Nuisance Wildlife. (S.P. 168, L.D. 587)

Ch. 200 - An Act to Restrict the Commercial Harvest of Snapping Turtles in Order to Ensure Sustainability of the Resource. (H.P. 824, L.D. 1078)

Ch. 201 - An Act Concerning Private Line Extensions. (S.P. 263, L.D. 910)

Ch. 202 - An Act to Amend the Hunting Laws Relating to Blaze Orange. (S.P. 375, L.D. 1213)

Ch. 203 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Governing Employment by the State. (S.P. 489, L.D. 1578)

Ch. 204 - An Act to Permit the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Accept Gifts for the Benefit of Wildlife Protection and Conservation. (S.P. 281, L.D. 992)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 18, 2001

Ch. 205 - An Act to Prevent Damage to Lobsters. (H.P. 359, L.D. 449)

Ch. 206 - An Act to Encourage and Support a Mother's Decision to Breast-feed in this State. (H.P. 1039, L.D. 1396)

Ch. 207 - An Act Exempting Prehistoric and Historic Archaeological Work from Permitting Requirements under the Natural Resource Protection Laws and the Shoreland Zoning Laws. (H.P. 395, L.D. 516)

Ch. 208 - An Act to Allow Victims of Crimes More Access to Inmate Records. (S.P. 303, L.D. 1050)

Ch. 209 - An Act to Safeguard Production of Groundwater. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 301, L.D. 1012)

Ch. 210 - An Act to Prohibit Negative Option Sales Without a Consumer's Express Agreement. (S.P. 324, L.D. 1092)

Ch. 211 - An Act to Amend the Maine Banking Code. (H.P. 1271, L.D. 1729)

Ch. 212 - An Act to Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 406, L.D. 527)

Ch. 213 - An Act to Make Improvements in the Budget Process. (H.P. 919, L.D. 1233)

Ch. 214 - An Act to Protect the Privacy of Maine Physicians. (S.P. 110, L.D. 336)

Ch. 215 - An Act to Amend the Rule-making Process Regarding the State's Plumbing Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 214, L.D. 249)

Ch. 216 - An Act to Strengthen the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund. (H.P. 657, L.D. 857)

Ch. 217 - An Act to Treat All Children with Dignity. (H.P. 864, L.D. 1136)

Ch. 218 - An Act to Define and Ensure Coverage of Basic Health Services by Health Maintenance Organizations. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 749, L.D. 968)

Ch. 219 - An Act to Clarify the Use of Funds for Reclassifications and Temporary Positions. (S.P. 472, L.D. 1536)

Ch. 220 - An Act to Make an Owner Responsible for Injuries Caused by a Dog. (S.P. 189, L.D. 661)

Ch. 221 - An Act to Address Confidentiality of Records in the Medical Examiner Act. (H.P. 1213, L.D. 1645)

Ch. 222 - An Act to Make Certain Technical and Clarifying Changes to the Medical Examiner Act. (H.P. 1258, L.D. 1705)

Ch. 223 - An Act Concerning Disabled Hunters, Trappers and Anglers. (S.P. 609, L.D. 1785)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 21, 2001

Ch. 224 - An Act to Clarify and Update the Security Requirements for Employers Self-insured for Workers' Compensation Liabilities. (H.P. 1045, L.D. 1402)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ch. 225 - An Act Regarding Modified Show Vehicles. (H.P. 753, L.D. 972)

Ch. 226 - An Act to Reauthorize and Expand the Lobster Promotion Council. (H.P. 304, L.D. 382)

Ch. 227 - An Act to Require State Approval Prior to Introducing Wolves into Maine. (H.P. 581, L.D. 736)

Ch. 228 - An Act to Relieve Counties from the Expense and Responsibility of Transporting Certain Prisoners Between Correctional Facilities and Courts. (H.P. 805, L.D. 1060)

Ch. 229 - An Act to Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982. (S.P. 509, L.D. 1596)

Ch. 230 - An Act to Ensure the Financial Stability and Effectiveness of Certain Pollution Abatement Programs Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1011, L.D. 1348)

Ch. 231 - An Act to Improve the Inspection and Maintenance of Underground Oil Storage Tanks. (H.P. 1225, L.D. 1666)

Ch. 232 - An Act to Amend Certain Laws Regarding Land and Water Quality Protection. (H.P. 1108, L.D. 1477)

Ch. 233 - An Act to Create Certainty in Maine's Air Quality Program. (H.P. 938, L.D. 1252)

Ch. 234 - An Act to Allow Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Stations to Set Their Own Vehicle Inspection Fees. (H.P. 505, L.D. 645)

Ch. 235 - An Act to Amend the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 as it Relates to Medical Payment Coverage. (H.P. 602, L.D. 757)

Ch. 236 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Small Brewery Licenses. (S.P. 121, L.D. 397)

Ch. 237 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Investigations by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (H.P. 1020, L.D. 1369)

Ch. 238 - An Act to Provide Equity in the Payment of Excise Tax on Leased Special Mobile Equipment. (H.P. 724, L.D. 944)

Ch. 239 - An Act to Clarify the Legal Status of Employees of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1187, L.D. 1610)

Ch. 240 - An Act to Amend the Maine Commission on Domestic Abuse. (H.P. 1287, L.D. 1751) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 241 - An Act to Implement Municipal Recommendations Regarding Surface Water Use on Great Ponds. (H.P. 1328, L.D. 1787)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 17, 2001

Ch. 26 - Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Health to Develop a Comprehensive Plan for the Detection and Treatment of Hepatitis C. (H.P. 531, L.D. 686)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 18, 2001

Ch. 27 - Resolve, to Name Route 302 the 10th Mountain Division Highway. (H.P. 95, L.D. 99)

Ch. 28 - Resolve, to Assess the Consequences of Climate Change in the State. (H.P. 1066, L.D. 1429)

Ch. 29 - Resolve, to Establish a Model Building Rehabilitation Code for the State. (H.P. 994, L.D. 1331)

Ch. 30 - Resolve, to Study the Statutes Pertaining to Funeral Homes, Crematories and Cemeteries. (S.P. 413, L.D. 1357)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ch. 31 - Resolve, to Encourage State Monitoring and Management of Conservation Easements. (H.P. 1252, L.D. 1700)

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Recognizing the Phi Eta Kappa Building Association as a Nonprofit Corporation. (H.P. 286, L.D. 364)

Ch. 33 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Conduct a Programmatic Review of the State's Inland Fisheries Management Program. (S.P. 401, L.D. 1317)

Ch. 34 - Resolve, to Approve Conceptual Elements of the Augusta State Facilities Master Plan. (S.P. 536, L.D. 1667)

Ch. 35 - Resolve, to Authorize the Northern Maine Technical College to Transfer .26 Acres of Land to the City of Presque Isle to Ensure Road Safety. (S.P. 591, L.D. 1766)

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 55.58: Penobscot River Fishing Closure, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Marine Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1305, L.D. 1769)

(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 25, 2001

L.D. 1811, S.P. 628
An Act to Permit the Salvage of Pulpwood. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1812, S.P. 630
An Act to Prevent Infestation of Invasive Aquatic Plants and to Control Other Invasive Species. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2001, S.P. 599.)

L.D. 1813, S.P. 629
An Act to Amend the Clean Car Incentives Pilot Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, S.P. 0586.)

L.D. 1814, H.P. 1359
An Act Regarding the Use of Tokens or Tickets for Games of Chance at Agricultural Fairs. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H. P. 1332.)

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.