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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 22

Monday, June 4, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ch. 242 - An Act to Provide Notice of Termination Status. (H.P. 187, L.D. 198)

Ch. 243 - An Act to Prohibit Appointment of Referees in Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Actions. (H.P. 662, L.D. 862)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Presented to the Governor by the Senate on May 10, 2001, and,
the Governor's signature having no force and effect
because it was not signed within the ten-day limit, has become law

Ch. 244 - An Act to Remove State Road Signs with Offensive Names from Interstate Route 95 and the Maine Turnpike. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 478, L.D. 618)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ch. 245 - An Act to Further Protect the Rights of Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (H.P. 1184, L.D. 1607)

Ch. 246 - An Act to Amend the Personal Sports Mobile Franchise Law. (S.P. 542, L.D. 1688)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Presented to the Governor by the Senate on May 10, 2001, and,
the Governor's signature having no force and effect
because it was not signed within the ten-day limit, has become law

Ch. 247 - An Act to Ensure Municipal Authority over Sludge and Septage Land Spreading Sites. (H.P. 1080, L.D. 1449)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ch. 248 - An Act to Clarify Where a Public Hearing Involving Dredging Activity by the Department of Marine Resources Must be Held. (H.P. 245, L.D. 281)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Presented to the Governor by the Senate on May 10, 2001, and,
the Governor's signature having no force and effect
because it was not signed within the ten-day limit, has become law

Ch. 249 - An Act to Amend the Maine Tort Claims Act. (H.P. 747, L.D. 966)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ch. 250 - An Act Concerning the State Court Library System. (S.P. 420, L.D. 1376)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 25, 2001

Ch. 251 - An Act Regarding Passamaquoddy Land in Township 19, M.D.. (H.P. 1217, L.D. 1658)

Ch. 252 - An Act to Strengthen the Bail Laws for Repeat Offenders. (H.P. 922, L.D. 1236)

Ch. 253 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Courts' Guardian ad Litem Committee. (H.P. 569, L.D. 724)

Ch. 254 - An Act to Change the Snowmobile Registration Rates. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 970, L.D. 1294)

Ch. 255 - An Act to Clarify the Status of Support Obligations if an Obligor Begins to Receive Public Assistance. (H.P. 1136, L.D. 1522)

Ch. 256 - An Act Concerning Motor Vehicle Dealer Sale Practices. (H.P. 845, L.D. 1117)

Ch. 257 - An Act to Authorize the Maine State Housing Authority to Administer an Electric Assistance Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 717, L.D. 932)

Ch. 258 - An Act to Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Health Insurance Contracts. (H.P. 1282, L.D. 1742)

Ch. 259 - An Act to Adopt the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Model Insurance Producer Licensing Act. (H.P. 1272, L.D. 1730)

Ch. 260 - An Act to Clarify Certain Professional and Occupational Licensing Requirements. (H.P. 1278, L.D. 1738)

Ch. 261 - An Act to Amend the Forester Licensing Law. (H.P. 1277, L.D. 1737)

Ch. 262 - An Act to Conform the State's Financial Services Privacy Laws with Federal Law. (S.P. 521, L.D. 1640)

Ch. 263 - An Act to Amend the Licensing and Survey Requirements for Residential Care Facilities and Congregate Housing Services Programs. (H.P. 1158, L.D. 1558)

Ch. 264 - An Act to Improve Child Support Services. (H.P. 1265, L.D. 1716)

Ch. 265 - An Act to Allow the Department of Human Services Abuse and Neglect Investigators Access to Certain Baxter School for the Deaf Records. (S.P. 492, L.D. 1581)

Ch. 266 - An Act Regarding Nursery School Rules. (S.P. 291, L.D. 1002)

Ch. 267 - An Act to Protect Highway Travelers and Maine's Highway System by Increasing Fines on Excessively Loaded Trucks. (S.P. 431, L.D. 1411)

Ch. 268 - An Act to Amend the Laws Affecting Changeable Message Signs. (H.P. 1164, L.D. 1564)

Ch. 269 - An Act to Clarify Laws Pertaining to the Permit Process for Wildlife Possession. (H.P. 1268, L.D. 1726)

Ch. 270 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Pertaining to Licensing Requirements for Landowners. (H.P. 270, L.D. 348)

Ch. 271 - An Act to Authorize the Bureau of General Services to Utilize Alternative Delivery Methods for Public Improvements and to Amend the Provisions Pertaining to Prebid Qualifications of Contractors. (S.P. 351, L.D. 1165)

Ch. 272 - An Act Making Technical Changes in the Marine Resources Laws. (S.P. 530, L.D. 1653)

Ch. 273 - An Act to Make Uniform the Language Governing Parental Rights and Responsibilities in the Maine Revised Statutes. (H.P. 1104, L.D. 1473)

Ch. 274 - An Act to Clarify the Employment Status of Owner-operators in the Trucking Industry. (H.P. 998, L.D. 1335)

Ch. 275 - An Act Regarding Ancient Execution Liens. (H.P. 554, L.D. 709)

Ch. 276 - An Act Concerning Telemarketing. (S.P. 166, L.D. 585)

Ch. 277 - An Act to Reduce the Release of Dioxin from Consumer Products into the Environment. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1543)

Ch. 278 - An Act to Clarify the Qualifications for Health Care Providers Conducting Employer-requested Examinations. (S.P. 155, L.D. 499)

Ch. 279 - An Act Concerning Standardized Contracts for Long-term Care Services. (H.P. 157, L.D. 168)

Ch. 280 - An Act Concerning Responsibilities of Conservators for Persons With Disability and Minors. (H.P. 1017, L.D. 1366)

Ch. 281 - An Act to Enforce the Taxation of Building Materials and Modular Homes. (S.P. 309, L.D. 1056)

Ch. 282 - An Act to Expand the Options for a Lobster Management Zone. (H.P. 1114, L.D. 1483)

Ch. 283 - An Act to Require Truth in Advertising of Natural Water. (S.P. 414, L.D. 1358)

Ch. 284 - An Act to Study Long-term Care, Home and Community-based Care, Reimbursement Issues and Staffing Issues. (S.P. 457, L.D. 1510)

Ch. 285 - An Act to Allow Boards of Professions to Grant Hardship Deferments. (H.P. 1227, L.D. 1674)

Ch. 286 - An Act to Amend Article 9-A of the Uniform Commercial Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 826, L.D. 1080)

Ch. 287 - An Act to Update the Maine Consumer Credit Code Regarding Rental-purchase Agreements. (H.P. 877, L.D. 1156)

Ch. 288 - An Act to Define "Medically Necessary Health Care" and Clarify its Application by Health Plans and Managed Care Plans. (H.P. 216, L.D. 251)

Ch. 289 - An Act to Clarify the Unlawful Use of Snowmobile Trails. (S.P. 490, L.D. 1579)

Ch. 290 - An Act Concerning the Formation of the Central Maine Regional Public Safety Communication Center. (H.P. 1201, L.D. 1623)

Ch. 291 - An Act to Allow Expressly Authorized Persons to Conduct Investigations for the Chief Medical Examiner. (S.P. 559, L.D. 1721)

Ch. 292 - An Act to Allow the Chief Medical Examiner to Assume the Responsibility for the Disposition of Human Remains. (H.P. 1248, L.D. 1696)

Ch. 293 - An Act to Create the Healthy Maine Prescription Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1334, L.D. 1790) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 294 - An Act to Facilitate the Implementation of Maine's On-line Sportsman's Electronic System. (H.P. 1342, L.D. 1796)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Ch. 295 - An Act to Expand the Number of Authorized High-stakes Beano and High-stakes Bingo Games. (H.P. 104, L.D. 108)

Ch. 296 - An Act to Authorize the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Extend the Deer Hunting Season. (H.P. 1055, L.D. 1418)

Ch. 297 - An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage. (S.P. 504, L.D. 1591)

Ch. 298 - An Act to Amend the Licensing Provisions for Private Investigators. (H.P. 398, L.D. 519)

Ch. 299 - An Act to Amend the Maine Arborist Licensing Law and Clarify the Expiration Date for Nursery Licenses. (H.P. 899, L.D. 1191)

Ch. 300 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Harness Racing. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1052, L.D. 1415)

Ch. 301 - An Act to Allow Access to Highways for Certain Purposes. (H.P. 544, L.D. 699)

Ch. 302 - An Act to Protect Sensitive Geologic Areas from Oil Contamination. (H.P. 168, L.D. 179)

Ch. 303 - An Act to Amend the Membership of the Substance Abuse Services Commission. (H.P. 1054, L.D. 1417)

Ch. 304 - An Act to Designate Equal Pay Day and to Require the Department of Labor to Report on Progress. (S.P. 145, L.D. 489)

Ch. 305 - An Act to Change the Party Responsible for Payment of a Penalty under the Tree Growth Tax Law when a Subdivision Results in a Parcel of Less than 10 Acres. (S.P. 296, L.D. 1007)

Ch. 306 - An Act to Amend the Laws that Govern Property that is Exempt from Attachment and Execution. (H.P. 1084, L.D. 1453)

Ch. 307 - An Act to Clarify Certain Laws Relating to the Harvesting of Wild Animals. (H.P. 901, L.D. 1193)

Ch. 308 - An Act to Allow the Purchase of Rabies Vaccine by Livestock Farmers. (H.P. 1063, L.D. 1426)

Ch. 309 - An Act to Require the State to Provide Flags for Persons Who Are Listed on the Law Enforcement Memorial Located on State Street in Augusta. (S.P. 363, L.D. 1201)

Ch. 310 - An Act to Amend the Election Laws. (H.P. 798, L.D. 1042)

Ch. 311 - An Act to Increase the Maine Turnpike Authority Bond Limit. (S.P. 409, L.D. 1353)

Ch. 312 - An Act to Correct an Error in the Bureau of Parks and Lands Statute. (S.P. 144, L.D. 488)

Ch. 313 - An Act to Allow Municipalities to Lower Certain Speed Limits. (H.P. 503, L.D. 643)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Ch. 314 - An Act to Make the Laws Affecting Certain Bridges Consistent with Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1204, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 315 - An Act to Provide for Remediation of Abandoned Landfills. (S.P. 564, L.D. 1724)

Ch. 316 - An Act to Change Certain Educational Requirements for Licensed Social Workers. (H.P. 768, L.D. 987)

Ch. 317 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Registers of Deeds. (H.P. 991, L.D. 1328)

Ch. 318 - An Act to Facilitate Implementation of Court Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 333, L.D. 423)

Ch. 319 - An Act to Revise the Sewer Lien Laws. (H.P. 381, L.D. 483)

Ch. 320 - An Act to Protect Off-track Betting Facilities. (H.P. 1078, L.D. 1447)

Ch. 321 - An Act Relating to Personal Privacy and Governmental Information Practices. (H.P. 1234, L.D. 1681)

Ch. 322 - An Act Requiring Cigarette Distributors to Determine Compliance of Manufacturers with Tobacco Manufacturers Laws. (H.P. 1339, L.D. 1794) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ch. 22 - An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Joint Advisory Committee on Select Services for Older Persons. (H.P. 501, L.D. 641)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 25, 2001

Ch. 23 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 434, L.D. 1414) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 24 - An Act to Restore a Workers' Compensation Hearing Officer Position in Aroostook County. (S.P. 498, L.D. 1585)

Ch. 25 - 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) (H.P. 1220, L.D. 1661)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Presented to the Governor by the Senate on May 10, 2001, and,
the Governor's signature having no force and effect
because it was not signed within the ten-day limit, has become law

Ch. 37 - Resolve, to Direct the Bureau of Forestry to Provide Community Forestry Training to Towns. (S.P. 199, L.D. 671)

Ch. 38 - Resolve, to Create a State-run Pharmacy Benefits Manager. (H.P. 706, L.D. 921)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 25, 2001

Ch. 39 - Resolve, to Expand Access to Certified Nursing Assistant Training Programs. (H.P. 351, L.D. 441)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Ch. 40 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 21: Licensing and Registration Agents, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1312, L.D. 1776)

Ch. 41 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 182: Formula for Distribution of Funds to Child Development Services Regional Sites, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1319, L.D. 1781)

(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, JUNE 1, 2001

L.D. 1815, S.P. 635
An Act Regarding the Training Requirements for Certain Employees of the Department of Public Safety. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to 2001 Joint Order, S.P. 604.)

L.D. 1816, S.P. 636
Resolve, Regarding Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Benefits (NEW DRAFT OF S.P.528, L.D. 1651) (NEW TITLE) (Submitted by Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and printed under Joint Rule 310.4)

L.D. 1817, S.P. 638
An Act to Provide Funding Related to the Lewiston-Auburn College Teachers for Elementary and Middle Schools Project. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, S.P. 613.)

L.D. 1818, H.P. 1361
An Act to Ensure Retailer Compliance with the Tax on Tobacco Products. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1344.)

L.D. 1819, H.P. 1362
An Act to Give the Maine Technical College System Limited Revenue Bonding Authority. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1347.)

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.