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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 23

Monday, June 11, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ch. 323 - An Act Relating to Licensing Board Fee Caps. (H.P. 1267, L.D. 1718)

Ch. 324 - An Act to Consolidate the Laws Regulating Transient Sellers and Door-to-door Home Repair Transient Sellers. (H.P. 981, L.D. 1305)

Ch. 325 - An Act to Expand the Collection of DNA Samples from Convicted Offenders. (H.P. 1165, L.D. 1565)

Ch. 326 - An Act to Amend School Immunizations Requirements. (H.P. 1163, L.D. 1563)

Ch. 327 - An Act to Manage the Sea Urchin Fishery. (S.P. 299, L.D. 1010)

Ch. 328 - An Act to Amend Eminent Domain Powers. (H.P. 99, L.D. 103)

Ch. 329 - An Act to Encourage Joint Child Rearing Between Divorced Parents. (H.P. 1048, L.D. 1405)

Ch. 330 - An Act to Protect Against Contamination of Crops and Wild Plant Populations by Genetically Engineered Plants. (H.P. 952, L.D. 1266)

Ch. 331 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Suspension and Revocation of Hunting and Fishing Licenses. (H.P. 1095, L.D. 1464)

Ch. 332 - An Act to Clarify the State's Burden of Proof in Cases of Criminal Homicide or Serious Bodily Injury Caused by a Person Operating a Motor Vehicle. (S.P. 316, L.D. 1084)

Ch. 333 - An Act to Establish a Clean Government Initiative. (S.P. 256, L.D. 886)

Ch. 334 - An Act to Prohibit the Misbranding of Genetically Engineered Food. (S.P. 569, L.D. 1733)

Ch. 335 - An Act Concerning Eligibility for ASPIRE-TANF Participation in Households where an Individual has a Physical or Mental Health Disability. (H.P. 377, L.D. 479)

Ch. 336 - An Act to Eliminate Unnecessary Paperwork for Wage-hour Compliance. (H.P. 423, L.D. 544)

Ch. 337 - An Act to Improve the Licensing and Regulation of Denturists. (S.P. 520, L.D. 1639)

Ch. 338 - An Act to Make Child Care More Accessible for Parents in Transition From Welfare to Work. (H.P. 789, L.D. 1033)

Ch. 339 - An Act to Promote Outcome-based Forest Policy. (S.P. 544, L.D. 1690) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 340 - An Act to Allow Marine Patrol Officers to Hold Elected Positions. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1331, L.D. 1788)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 1, 2001

Ch. 341 - An Act to Ensure Continued Health Insurance Coverage for the Spouse and Dependents of a Teacher or State Employee who Dies. (H.P. 573, L.D. 728)

Ch. 342 - An Act to Amend the Beano and Games of Chance Laws. (H.P. 407, L.D. 528)

Ch. 343 - An Act to Increase the Fire Investigation and Prevention Tax, Repeal Certain Fire Inspection Fees and Direct the Commissioner of Public Safety to Set Certain Fire Inspection Fees by Rule. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 418, L.D. 1362)

Ch. 344 - An Act to Amend and Improve Education Laws. (H.P. 1212, L.D. 1644)

Ch. 345 - An Act to Protect Children and Incapacitated or Dependent Adults. (H.P. 811, L.D. 1066)

Ch. 346 - An Act to Continue the Privacy Protection of Health Care Information. (H.P. 209, L.D. 244)

Ch. 347 - An Act to Ensure Access to Health Insurance. (H.P. 1256, L.D. 1703)

Ch. 348 - An Act to Require the Destruction of Certain Confiscated and Forfeited Handguns. (S.P. 209, L.D. 774)

Ch. 349 - An Act Concerning the Administration of County Government. (S.P. 391, L.D. 1287)

Ch. 350 - An Act to Eliminate Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company Industry and Geographic Divisions and Related Advisory Boards and Other Outdated Provisions. (H.P. 471, L.D. 599)

Ch. 351 - An Act Concerning Lifetime Licenses and Complimentary Licenses for Residents over 70 Years of Age. (H.P. 579, L.D. 734)

Ch. 352 - An Act to Repeal Certain Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 1349, L.D. 1806)

Ch. 353 - 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. (H.P. 1351, L.D. 1808)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 4, 2001

Ch. 354 - An Act to Update the Name of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. (H.P. 1162, L.D. 1562)

Ch. 355 - An Act to Ensure that the State Board of Pesticides Control has Sufficient Resources to Provide Accurate Information About the Use of Pesticides in the State. (S.P. 476, L.D. 1540)

Ch. 356 - An Act to Pay for Cleanup of Contamination at a Waste Oil Disposal Site in Plymouth. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1051, L.D. 1408)

Ch. 357 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental or Learning Disabilities or Mental Illness. (H.P. 1168, L.D. 1568)

Ch. 358 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 256, L.D. 300) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Ch. 359 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Study Growth Management. (S.P. 380, L.D. 1278)

Ch. 360 - An Act to Amend Certain Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1223, L.D. 1664)

Ch. 361 - An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 512, L.D. 652)

Ch. 362 - An Act to Ensure Quality Home Care Coordination Services and Improve Long-term Care Services. (H.P. 601, L.D. 756)

Ch. 363 - An Act to Authorize Animal Shelters to Accept and Provide for Stray Cats. (H.P. 1072, L.D. 1435)

Ch. 364 - An Act to Encourage Greater Acquisition, Deployment and Use of Automated External Defibrillators. (H.P. 1069, L.D. 1432)

Ch. 365 - An Act to Clarify that Polluters Who Violate the Environmental Laws on Private Land are Liable for Their Actions. (H.P. 236, L.D. 273)

Ch. 366 - An Act to Require Reporting of Activities under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. (H.P. 1042, L.D. 1399)

Ch. 367 - An Act to Amend the Clean Car Incentives Pilot Program. (S.P. 629, L.D. 1813)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ch. 26 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Buckfield Village Corporation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1343, L.D. 1798)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 1, 2001

Ch. 27 - An Act to Increase the Bonding Limit of the Trustees of the City of Brewer High School District from $2,500,000 to $5,000,000. (H.P. 565, L.D. 720)

Ch. 28 - An Act to Amend the Charter of Bates College. (S.P. 623, L.D. 1805)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Ch. 29 - An Act Regarding the Budget for the Maine Turnpike Authority for 2002. (H.P. 957, L.D. 1271)

Ch. 30 - An Act to Increase the Debt Limit of the Calais School District Trustees. (S.P. 516, L.D. 1635)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Ch. 31 - An Act to Provide for the Transfer of Assets of Hospital Administrative District No. 1 to a Nonprofit, Nonstock Private Corporation. (H.P. 561, L.D. 716)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ch. 42 - Resolve, to Improve Services to Persons with Mental Retardation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 954, L.D. 1268)

Ch. 43 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 1: Vehicle Inspection Manual, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Public Safety. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1313, L.D. 1777)

Ch. 44 - 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) (H.P. 1321, L.D. 1782)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Ch. 45 - Resolve, to Implement Additional Recommendations of the MCJUSTIS Board. (H.P. 1279, L.D. 1739)

Ch. 46 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 299: Highway Driveway and Entrance Rules, Parts A and B, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Transportation. (H.P. 1311, L.D. 1774)

Ch. 47 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 60: New School Siting Approval, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1322, L.D. 1783)

Ch. 48 - 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) (H.P. 1345, L.D. 1802)

(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 8, 2001

L.D. 1820, H.P. 1363
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Limestone Water and Sewer District. (Presented by Representative YOUNG of Limestone)

L.D. 1821, H.P. 1364
Resolve, to Require Further Study of the Effect and Cost Impact of Mental Illness on the State and Private Health Insurance. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Banking and Insurance pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1358.)

L.D. 1822, H.P. 1365
An Act to Amend the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1354.)

L.D. 1823, H.P. 1366
Resolve, to Create a Commission to Study Issues Concerning Changes to the Traditional Uses of Maine Forests and Lands, Including Camp Lot Lease Arrangements and Public Enjoyment. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JONES of Greenville)

L.D. 1824, H.P. 1367
An Act Related to the Suspension of Property Tax Abatement Appeals When the Taxpayer is Delinquent in Paying Taxes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1357.)

L.D. 1825, H.P. 1368
An Act Providing Funding for the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to Increase Certain Fire Inspection Fees. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1826, S.P. 648
An Act to Provide Dairy Farmer Equity. (Presented by Senator KNEELAND of Aroostook)

L.D. 1827, H.P. 1370
Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development to Study the Designation of Tourism Regions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1301.)

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.