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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 25

Monday, June 25, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 14, 2001

Ch. 403 - An Act to Require Teaching of Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine's Schools. (H.P. 255, L.D. 291)

Ch. 404 - An Act to Require That the Principles for Reimbursement for Private Nonmedical Institutions and Board and Care Institutions be Major Substantive Rules. (H.P. 708, L.D. 923)

Ch. 405 - An Act to Recognize Exemplary Efforts to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs. (S.P. 560, L.D. 1722)

Ch. 406 - An Act to Amend the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Regulation Laws. (S.P. 547, L.D. 1693)

Ch. 407 - An Act to Make Active Public Health Investigation Records Confidential. (H.P. 1027, L.D. 1384)

Ch. 408 - An Act Concerning Patient Access to Eye Care Providers. (S.P. 97, L.D. 323)

Ch. 409 - An Act to Improve Pension Benefits for Employees in the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1166, L.D. 1566)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 15, 2001

Ch. 410 - An Act to Address Issues in the Maine Health Insurance Market. (S.P. 573, L.D. 1745)

Ch. 411 - An Act to Prohibit Cyberstalking. (H.P. 594, L.D. 749)

Ch. 412 - An Act to Specify That Possession of Sexually Explicit Materials by Way of the Internet is Criminal. (H.P. 121, L.D. 125)

Ch. 413 - An Act Creating the New Crime of Aggravated Attempted Murder. (H.P. 867, L.D. 1147)

Ch. 414 - An Act to Amend the Criminal Laws with Regard to Animal Welfare. (S.P. 386, L.D. 1283)

Ch. 415 - An Act to Require Election Law Training to Voter Registrars and Clerks. (H.P. 483, L.D. 623)

Ch. 416 - An Act to Regulate Push Polling. (S.P. 308, L.D. 1055)

Ch. 417 - An Act to Amend the Finance Authority of Maine Act. (H.P. 1259, L.D. 1694)

Ch. 418 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Department of Environmental Protection on Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Mercury. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 393, L.D. 1308)

Ch. 419 - An Act to Control the Illegal Diversion and Abuse of Prescription Narcotic Drugs and Abuse of Designer Club Drugs. (H.P. 1270, L.D. 1728)

Ch. 420 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to Domestic Violence. (S.P. 232, L.D. 797)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 18, 2001

Ch. 421 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Study Further Decriminalization of the Criminal Laws of Maine. (H.P. 1086, L.D. 1455)

Ch. 422 - An Act to Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 356, L.D. 1170)

Ch. 423 - An Act to Provide Health Insurance Coverage for General Anesthesia and Associated Facility Charges for Dental Procedures for Certain Vulnerable Persons. (S.P. 127, L.D. 403)

Ch. 424 - An Act to Change the Snowmobile Registration Laws. (S.P. 109, L.D. 335)

Ch. 425 - An Act to Increase the Penalties for Animal Cruelty. (H.P. 1232, L.D. 1679)

Ch. 426 - An Act to Add Prior Conviction for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle to Enhancement of Theft Penalties and to Include Burglary of a Motor Vehicle in the Presumption Provision for Theft. (H.P. 240, L.D. 292)

Ch. 427 - An Act to Ensure That State Employees Receiving Workers' Compensation and Filling a Limited Period Position Remain in Their Respective Bargaining Units. (H.P. 592, L.D. 747)

Ch. 428 - An Act to Prevent Interstate and International Smuggling of Illegal Drugs Into the State by Creating the Crime of Illegal Importation of Scheduled Drugs. (S.P. 565, L.D. 1725)

Ch. 429 - An Act to Amend the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. (S.P. 588, L.D. 1764)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Ch. 430 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governed by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (H.P. 1013, L.D. 1350)

Ch. 431 - An Act to Refine the Subdivision and Redistricting Authority of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (S.P. 360, L.D. 1198)

Ch. 432 - An Act to Protect Nongroup and Small Group Insureds. (H.P. 765, L.D. 984)

Ch. 433 - An Act to Provide Dairy Farmer Equity. (S.P. 648, L.D. 1826)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Ch. 434 - An Act to Prevent Infestation of Invasive Aquatic Plants and to Control Other Invasive Species. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 630, L.D. 1812)

Ch. 435 - An Act to Classify Employer-provided Medical Treatment as a Payment under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (H.P. 644, L.D. 844)

Ch. 436 - An Act Related to the Suspension of Property Tax Abatement Appeals When the Taxpayer is Delinquent in Paying Taxes. (H.P. 1367, L.D. 1824)

Ch. 437 - An Act Providing Funding for the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to Increase Certain Fire Inspection Fees. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1368, L.D. 1825) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 438 - An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1381, L.D. 1829) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 21, 2001

Ch. 439 - An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and to Change 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. (H.P. 655, L.D. 855) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 440 - An Act to Make Supplemental Highway Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and to Change 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. 388, L.D. 1285) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 14, 2001

Ch. 32 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Regarding the Extension of Water and Wastewater Service to the Town of Raymond. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1372, L.D. 1828)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Ch. 33 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $17,000,000 to Construct and Upgrade Water Pollution Control Facilities, to Limit Water Pollution Discharges from Maine Farms and Construct Agricultural Storage Facilities, to Remediate Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, to Clean up Tire Stockpiles and to Make Water System Improvements. (H.P. 1222, L.D. 1663) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 34 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Limestone Water and Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1363, L.D. 1820)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 18, 2001

Ch. 57 - Resolve, to Change Route Designations of Certain Interstates and to Change the Interstate Exit Numbering System. (S.P. 385, L.D. 1282)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Ch. 58 - Resolve, to Establish a Centralized Voter Registration List for the State. (H.P. 182, L.D. 193)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development to Study the Designation of Tourism Regions. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1370, L.D. 1827)

(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 22, 2001

L.D. 1829, H.P. 1381
An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BERRY of Livermore)

L.D. 1830, H.P. 1382
An Act Concerning Tax Anticipation Notes and Authorizing Expenditures for Funding among Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BERRY of Livermore)

L.D. 1831, H.P. 1395
Resolve, to Name the Bridge Between Gardiner and Randolph the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Bridge. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

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.