weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVII, No. 26

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

120th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

Adjourned June 22, 2001

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 22, 2001

Ch. 441 - An Act to Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 2000 with the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 784, L.D. 1028)

Ch. 442 - An Act to Expand Retirement Benefits for State Employees and Teachers Returning to Service. (H.P. 941, L.D. 1255)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Ch. 443 - An Act to Increase the Limit on Earnings for Beneficiaries of Disability Retirement Benefits. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 94, L.D. 98)

Ch. 444 - An Act to Eliminate the Fee for Veterans Registration Plates. (S.P. 14, L.D. 31)

Ch. 445 - An Act to Extend the Youth in Need of Services Oversight Committee. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 780, L.D. 1024)

Ch. 446 - An Act Providing for Enhancements to the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program. (H.P. 974, L.D. 1298)

Ch. 447 - An Act to Encourage the Use of Locally Grown Foods in School Food Service Programs. (S.P. 376, L.D. 1214)

Ch. 448 - An Act to Transfer Administration of Certain Reimbursement Functions of the Workers' Compensation Employment Rehabilitation Fund to a Voluntary Coalition of Parties in Interest. (S.P. 433, L.D. 1413)

Ch. 449 - An Act to Increase the Bond Ceiling of the University of Maine System. (S.P. 154, L.D. 498)

Ch. 450 - An Act to Increase Access to Health Care. (H.P. 979, L.D. 1303)

Ch. 451 - An Act Concerning the Training of Personnel Who Administer Medications in Schools. (H.P. 603, L.D. 758)

Ch. 452 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Educational Programming at Juvenile Correctional Facilities. (H.P. 982, L.D. 1306)

Ch. 453 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Veterans Commemorative Decal Task Force. (H.P. 1238, L.D. 1683)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 28, 2001

Ch. 454 - An Act to Implement Maine's System of Learning Results. (S.P. 582, L.D. 1760)

Ch. 455 - An Act to Designate the Ryefield Bridge an Historic Bridge. (S.P. 82, L.D. 302)

Ch. 456 - An Act to Create the Maine Health Data Processing Center. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 980, L.D. 1304)

Ch. 457 - An Act to Amend the Maine Health Data Organization Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 395, L.D. 1310)

Ch. 458 - An Act Regarding the Care and Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness Who Are Incarcerated. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 331, L.D. 1099)

Ch. 459 - An Act to Offer Reciprocity Concerning Concealed Firearms Permits. (H.P. 224, L.D. 259)

Ch. 460 - An Act to Promote Dam Safety. (H.P. 379, L.D. 481)

Ch. 461 - An Act to Enhance Penalties for Use of Illegal Gambling Machines. (S.P. 480, L.D. 1544)

Ch. 462 - An Act to Establish for an Additional Two Years the Commission to Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 568, L.D. 1732)

Ch. 463 - An Act Regarding Uninsured Drivers. (S.P. 425, L.D. 1380)

Ch. 464 - An Act to Ensure Appropriate Audit Procedures. (H.P. 211, L.D. 246)

Ch. 465 - An Act to Amend the Maine Clean Election Laws. (S.P. 553, L.D. 1711)

Ch. 466 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Study Access to Private and Public Lands in Maine. (H.P. 1353, L.D. 1810)

Ch. 467 - An Act Concerning Tax Anticipation Notes and Authorizing Expenditures for Funding among Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1382, L.D. 1830) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 29, 2001

Ch. 468 - An Act to Ensure the Continuing Beauty and Accessibility of Capitol Park. (H.P. 158, L.D. 169)

Ch. 469 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing DNA Testing. (H.P. 1250, L.D. 1698)

Ch. 470 - An Act Concerning the Penalties for Late Filing of Accelerated Campaign Reporting Under the Maine Clean Election Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1352, L.D. 1809)

Ch. 471 - An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 30, L.D. 30)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 22, 2001

Ch. 35 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $12,000,000 to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis in the State. (S.P. 506, L.D. 1593)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Ch. 36 - An Act to Ensure Access to Assisted Living Services Programs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 653, L.D. 853)

Ch. 37 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $36,700,000 for the State's Public Universities, the Maine Maritime Academy and other Public Learning Centers. (S.P. 422, L.D. 1378)

Ch. 38 - An Act to Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount of $61,000,000 to Match Available Federal Funds for Improvements to Highways and Bridges, Airports, Public Transit and Ferry Facilities; Development of Rail, Trail and Marine Infrastructure; and Improvements to Intermodal Facilities Statewide. (S.P. 450, L.D. 1504) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 39 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $5,000,000 for Research and Development Equipment and Infrastructure. (S.P. 551, L.D. 1709) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 28, 2001

Ch. 40 - An Act to Increase Access to Higher Education. (H.P. 799, L.D. 1043)

Ch. 41 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $15,000,000 to Capitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund for Repairs and Improvements in Public School Facilities to Address Health, Safety and Compliance Deficiencies, General Renovation Needs and Learning Space Upgrades. (S.P. 549, L.D. 1707) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 29, 2001

Ch. 42 - An Act to Provide Additional Resources to the Oxford County Fair Society. (H.P. 831, L.D. 1103)

Ch. 43 - An Act to Provide Funding for a Low-flow Study for the Aroostook Water and Soil Management Board. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 119, L.D. 395)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 22, 2001

Ch. 60 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in the Jacob Abbott House Property Located at the Stevens School Campus in Hallowell. (S.P. 338, L.D. 1145)

Ch. 61 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Convey by Sale or Lease to the Warren Sanitary District the State's Interests in Certain Real Property in the Town of Warren in Connection with the Construction of the Maine State Prison at Warren. (S.P. 615, L.D. 1795)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Ch. 62 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Corrections to Include in its Plan for a Long-term Care or Hospice Facility Administered by the Department of Corrections Resources and Costs Necessary to Provide Long-term or Hospice Care to County Jail Inmates and Presentence Detainees. (H.P. 856, L.D. 1128)

Ch. 63 - Resolve, Extending the Reporting Deadline for the Maine Millennium Commission on Hunger and Food Security. (H.P. 777, L.D. 1021)

Ch. 64 - Resolve, to Name the Bridge Between Gardiner and Randolph the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Bridge. (H.P. 1395, L.D. 1831)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 28, 2001

Ch. 65 - Resolve, to Study the Implementation of a Unified Emergency Response for Emergency Releases and Spills of Toxic or Hazardous Materials. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1085, L.D. 1454)

Ch. 66 - Resolve, to Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission on Postsecondary Educational Attainment. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 616, L.D. 1797)

Ch. 67 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to Determine the Technological, Economic and Public Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the Deployment of Broadband Information Technology Infrastructure to all Parts of the State. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 513, L.D. 1632)

Ch. 68 - Resolve, to Extend the Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-terrain Vehicles and Watercraft. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 28, L.D. 28)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, to Require Further Study of the Effect and Cost Impact of Mental Illness on the State and Private Health Insurance. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1364, L.D. 1821)

(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.)

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO BILLS
HELD OVER BY LEGISLATURE

The following matters are held over to any special or regular session of the 120th Legislature by vote of the House and Senate, pursuant to Joint Orders House Paper 1388 and Senate Paper 652:

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

H.P. 1062, L.D. 1425 - An Act to Establish a Fund for Marketing and Improvements in Agricultural Fairs.

S.P. 463, L.D. 1516 - An Act to Support Family Farms.

S.P. 470, L.D. 1534 - An Act to Prohibit Grocery Stores From Charging Maine Farmers Access Fees, Slotting Fees and Rebates.

S.P. 598, L.D. 1771 - Resolve, to Establish the Maine Cattle Health Assurance Program.

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

H.P. 29, L.D. 29 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Reduce the Burden of Home Heating Costs on Low-income Households.

H.P. 33, L.D. 42 - An Act to Fully Fund the Endowment Incentive Fund.

H.P. 70, L.D. 79 - An Act to Reinstate Tax Deductibility of Qualified Long-term Care Insurance.

S.P. 132, L.D. 456 - Resolve, to Increase Access and Support Student Success at Maine's Technical Colleges.

S.P. 133, L.D. 457 - An Act to Clarify that the Sales Tax Exemption for Purchase of Manufacturing Equipment Applies Equitably.

H.P. 370, L.D. 472 - Resolve, to Establish a Fatherhood Issues Study Commission.

H.P. 375, L.D. 477 - An Act Directing the Department of Human Services to Annually Adjust Dental Reimbursement Rates Under the Medicaid Program.

S.P. 186, L.D. 658 - An Act to Continue Funding for the Maine Microenterprise Initiative Fund.

H.P. 546, L.D. 701 - An Act to Build Parking Garages in Service Center Municipalities.

H.P. 570, L.D. 725 - An Act to Maintain Maine Quality Centers' Current Level of Services.

H.P. 674, L.D. 874 - An Act to Increase the Operating Subsidy to the Casco Bay Island Transit District.

S.P. 268, L.D. 915 - An Act to Amend the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association Act.

H.P. 779, L.D. 1023 - An Act to Enhance the Quality and Accessibility of HIV Services and Prevention Services.

H.P. 863, L.D. 1135 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $5,000,000 for the Testing of Marine Dredge Spoils and the Proper Disposal of Spoils that are Special or Hazardous Waste.

S.P. 337, L.D. 1144 - An Act to Enhance Economic Development Capacity.

H.P. 874, L.D. 1153 - An Act to Increase Certain Civil Process Fees.

H.P. 916, L.D. 1230 - An Act to Continue the Sales Tax Exemption on Vehicles Sold and Leased and Removed from the State.

S.P. 438, L.D. 1440 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $7,000,000 to Provide Adequate Facilities for Business Expansion or Relocation in the State.

H.P. 1102, L.D. 1471 - An Act to Create a Digital Library to Meet the Educational, Research, Business and Economic Needs of Maine.

H.P. 1161, L.D. 1561 - An Act to Require Sprinkler Protection in all Secondary and Postsecondary Dormitories.

S.P. 537, L.D. 1668 - An Act to Expand Research and Development Facilities within the University of Maine System.

H.P. 1362, L.D. 1819 - An Act to Give the Maine Technical College System Limited Revenue Bonding Authority.

Banking and Insurance

H.P. 472, L.D. 600 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on School-based Health Care Services.

S.P. 217, L.D. 782 - An Act to Ensure Health Maintenance Organization Accountability.

H.P. 1151, L.D. 1554 - An Act to Allow Health Insurance Premiums to be Eligible for Medical Savings Accounts.

H.P. 1205, L.D. 1627 - An Act to Ensure Equality in Mental Health Coverage.

H.P. 1324, L.D. 1784 - An Act to Lower Costs in the Small Group Market.

S.P. 622, L.D. 1804 - An Act to Improve the Accessibility and Affordability of Health Care Benefits in the State.

Business and Economic Development

H.P. 213, L.D. 248 - An Act to Promote Economic Development in Rural Maine.

H.P. 532, L.D. 687 - An Act to Maintain a Centralized Database for Schedule II Prescriptions Dispensed by Pharmacies in the State.

H.P. 948, L.D. 1262 - An Act to Properly Apply Jurisdiction of Chimney Regulation.

H.P. 1107, L.D. 1476 - An Act to Require Continuing Education in the Cosmetology, Manicuring, Aesthetics and Barbering Fields.

S.P. 444, L.D. 1498 - Resolve, to Require the Collection of Health Care Practitioner Workforce Data.

S.P. 541, L.D. 1672 - An Act to Create the Washington County Development Authority.

H.P. 1273, L.D. 1731 - An Act to Require Registration of Building Contractors.

H.P. 1286, L.D. 1749 - Resolve, to Establish a Commission to Review Internet Policy.

Criminal Justice

S.P. 173, L.D. 601 - An Act to Provide for Relief from Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Certain Cases.

H.P. 526, L.D. 681 - An Act to Amend the Law Concerning Possession of Firearms by Persons Convicted in Other States.

H.P. 827, L.D. 1081 - An Act to Adopt a New Interstate Compact Regarding Adults Who are on Probation or Parole.

H.P. 951, L.D. 1265 - An Act to Clarify the Criminal Extradition Laws.

H.P. 993, L.D. 1330 - Resolve, Establishing the Commission to Examine the Maine Correctional Institute.

H.P. 1123, L.D. 1492 - An Act to Improve Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Maine's Jails and Prisons.

H.P. 1198, L.D. 1620 - An Act to Enact Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Firearms Offenses to Make the State Eligible for Firearms Sentencing Incentive Grants.

H.P. 1216, L.D. 1657 - An Act to Improve Emergency Medical Services by Expanding the Pool of Qualified Emergency Medical Services Personnel.

Education and Cultural Affairs

S.P. 9, L.D. 1 - An Act to Phase Out Community Income Considerations from the School Funding Formula.

H.P. 364, L.D. 466 - An Act to Remove Liability from School Units When Releasing Information on School Employees Accused of Crimes.

H.P. 373, L.D. 475 - An Act to Govern Fees Assessed by the Bureau of General Services that Apply to School Construction Projects.

H.P. 414, L.D. 535 - An Act to Expand Educational Opportunities.

H.P. 685, L.D. 889 - An Act to Establish a Mandated Minimum for Teachers' Salaries.

S.P. 321, L.D. 1089 - An Act to Improve Taxpayer Equity in School Funding.

H.P. 1117, L.D. 1486 - An Act to Create the Child Development Services Advisory Committee.

H.P. 1157, L.D. 1557 - An Act to Exempt the City of Waterville, the Town of Winslow and School Administrative District 47 and School Administrative District 49 from Lease Limitations on Educational Structures.

S.P. 491, L.D. 1580 - An Act to Fund the Implementation of Student Achievement Standards by Fulfilling the State Commitment to Fund 55% of Public Education Costs for Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Health and Human Services

H.P. 190, L.D. 201 - An Act to License Freestanding Birth Centers.

S.P. 183, L.D. 611 - An Act to Create a Pilot Project to Fully Implement the Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 1998.

H.P. 663, L.D. 863 - Resolve, to Establish Crisis Assessment and Triage Centers for Children in the State.

H.P. 694, L.D. 898 - An Act to Improve Public Health in the State.

H.P. 742, L.D. 961 - An Act to Expand Benefits Under the Elderly Low-cost Drug Program.

S.P. 317, L.D. 1085 - Resolve, to Improve Staffing in Health Care Settings.

S.P. 370, L.D. 1208 - An Act to Plan for the Delivery of Developmental Disabilities and Autism Services.

H.P. 1009, L.D. 1346 - Resolve, to Establish a Commission to Study the Health Care Workforce Shortage.

S.P. 419, L.D. 1363 - An Act to Reduce Medical Errors and Improve Patient Health.

S.P. 459, L.D. 1512 - An Act to Increase Long-term Care Options for Low-income Citizens of the State.

S.P. 461, L.D. 1514 - An Act to Ensure Fairness in the Regulation and Reimbursement of Nursing Facilities.

S.P. 481, L.D. 1545 - An Act to Increase the Supply of Medical Services to Consumers.

S.P. 501, L.D. 1588 - An Act to Appropriate Funds for a Study to Determine the Feasibility of a Medical School in Maine.

H.P. 1180, L.D. 1603 - An Act to Expand Family Life Education in Maine Schools.

S.P. 592, L.D. 1768 - An Act to Create a Comprehensive Prescription Insurance Plan for Maine Seniors through the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Heinz Family Philanthropies Report.

S.P. 619, L.D. 1799 - An Act to Strengthen the Certificate of Need Law.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

H.P. 43, L.D. 52 - An Act to Limit the Number of Chances a Person Has in the Moose Lottery.

H.P. 130, L.D. 141 - Resolve, for a Multi-year Experimental Program to Test the Effectiveness of Stocking Smelt in Maine Waters.

H.P. 251, L.D. 287 - An Act to Allow the Use of Cage Traps for Bear.

H.P. 420, L.D. 541 - An Act to Provide a New Opportunity in the Moose Lottery.

H.P. 580, L.D. 735 - An Act to Allow October Fishing.

H.P. 606, L.D. 761 - An Act Pertaining to Bear Hunting Permits.

Judiciary

H.P. 191, L.D. 202 - An Act to Improve Maine's Jail Diversion Programs.

H.P. 283, L.D. 361 - An Act to Adopt the Model Business Corporation Act in Maine.

H.P. 1173, L.D. 1573 - An Act to Enact the Uniform Principal and Income Act of 1997.

H.P. 1202, L.D. 1624 - An Act Concerning the Payment of Child Support.

S.P. 539, L.D. 1670 - An Act Regarding Child Abandonment.

H.P. 1274, L.D. 1734 - An Act to Promote Safe Schools.

H.P. 1307, L.D. 1770 - An Act Regarding Conversions of Nonprofit Entities to For-profit Entities.

Labor

H.P. 415, L.D. 536 - An Act to Define and Revise Noncompete Employment Contracts.

H.P. 647, L.D. 847 - An Act to Examine Issues Regarding the Canadian Workforce.

H.P. 762, L.D. 981 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission.

H.P. 771, L.D. 1015 - An Act Regarding Health Insurance for Firefighters.

S.P. 373, L.D. 1211 - An Act to Supplement Benefits for State Employees and Teachers whose Pensions are Subject to Reductions Enacted in 1993.

H.P. 944, L.D. 1258 - An Act to Make the Unemployment Insurance Program More Responsive to the Needs of Today's Workforce.

S.P. 507, L.D. 1594 - An Act to Provide Disclosure and Financial Protections to Temporary Workers.

S.P. 510, L.D. 1629 - An Act to Increase the State Share of Health Insurance for Certain Retired Teachers.

H.P. 1283, L.D. 1746 - An Act to Amend the Workers' Compensation Laws to Provide for a Rebuttable Presumption of Eligibility for Benefits for Hepatitis or Hepatic Disease for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel.

Legal and Veterans Affairs

H.P. 253, L.D. 289 - An Act Regarding Horse Racing.

H.P. 1003, L.D. 1340 - An Act to Hold an Advisory Referendum on Term Limits.

H.P. 1144, L.D. 1532 - An Act to Amend the Governmental Ethics Laws Administered by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

H.P. 1288, L.D. 1752 - An Act to Update the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws.

Marine Resources

H.P. 335, L.D. 425 - An Act to Restrict the Use of Gill Nets.

H.P. 792, L.D. 1036 - An Act to Create a State Program for the Testing of Marine Dredge Spoils and Disposal of Contaminated Spoils.

H.P. 1065, L.D. 1428 - An Act to Amend the Aquaculture Leasing Law.

Natural Resources

H.P. 1109, L.D. 1478 - An Act to Amend Maine's Growth Management Law and Related Laws.

H.P. 1119, L.D. 1488 - An Act to Require Major Water Users to Provide Public Information About Their Annual Water Withdrawals from Public Water Resources.

H.P. 1211, L.D. 1643 - An Act to Provide Criteria for the Municipal Use of Rate of Growth Ordinances.

State and Local Government

H.P. 441, L.D. 562 - An Act to Allow Municipalities to Create Capital Improvement Districts.

H.P. 846, L.D. 1118 - An Act to Enact the Paperwork Reduction Act.

H.P. 904, L.D. 1218 - An Act to Amend the Calculation for Annual County Tax Assessments.

H.P. 1146, L.D. 1549 - An Act to Amend the Organization of Washington County Government.

S.P. 499, L.D. 1586 - An Act to Separate Territory from the Town of Falmouth and Annex it to the City of Portland.

H.P. 1231, L.D. 1678 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Establish the Legislative Compensation Commission.

Taxation

S.P. 128, L.D. 404 - An Act to Promote Equity Among Health Care Clinics.

S.P. 242, L.D. 810 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Deduction of Pension and Retirement Benefits from State Income Tax.

S.P. 251, L.D. 883 - An Act to Return a Percentage of Sales and Use Tax to Municipalities.

S.P. 262, L.D. 909 - An Act to Improve the Circuit Breaker Program Application Process.

H.P. 1170, L.D. 1570 - An Act to Update the Property Tax Exemption for Pollution Control Facilities to Promote Clean Production through Pollution Prevention and Toxics Use Reduction.

Transportation

H.P. 386, L.D. 507 - An Act to Provide Property Tax Relief from the Cost of Public Transportation.

H.P. 400, L.D. 521 - An Act to Adopt the Canadian Highway Weight Standards.

Utilities and Energy

H.P. 330, L.D. 420 - An Act to Strengthen Energy Conservation.

H.P. 506, L.D. 646 - An Act to Establish the Maine Energy Advisory Council.

S.P. 332, L.D. 1139 - An Act to Ensure Access to Energy Markets for Maine's Small Hydroelectric Facilities.

S.P. 432, L.D. 1412 - An Act Relating to the Transfer of Certain Privileges Bestowed by the Legislature upon Great Northern Paper, Inc. to Great Northern Energy, LLC.

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, 2 State House Station, 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.

INTERIM STUDIES
(Approved as of June 27, 2001)

Round Table to Study Economic and Labor Issues Relating to the Forest Products Industry (Chapter 124, Resolves of 1999)

Committee to Study Access to Private and Public Lands in Maine (Joint Order H. P. 1387)

Committee to Study Issues Concerning Changes to the Traditional Uses of Maine Forest and Lands (Joint Orders H. P. 1391 and H.P. 1393)

Committee to Study Reimbursement Rates for Maine's Bottle Redemption Businesses and Other Issues Related to the Handling and Collection of Returnable Containers (Joint Order H. P. 1389)

Telecommunications Advisory Panel (Chapter 67, Resolves of 2001)

Commission to Study Domestic Violence (Chapter 126, Resolves of 1999)

Committee to Study the Needs of Persons with Mental Illness Who Are Incarcerated (Joint Order H. P. 1383)

Committee Study to Review Transition to a New School Funding Formula Based on the Essential Programs & Services Model (Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs)

Blue Ribbon Commission on Postsecondary Educational Achievement (Chapter 66, Resolves of 2001)

Extend the Youth in Need of Services Oversight Committee (Chapter 445, Public Laws of 2001)

Commission to Study Assisted Living (Chapter 36, Private and Special Laws of 2001)

Maine Millennium Commission on Hunger and Food Security (Chapter 117, Resolves of 1997 and Chapter 63, Resolves of 2001)

Extend the Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-terrain Vehicles and Watercraft (Chapter 68, Resolves of 2001)

Commission to Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine (Chapter 462, Public Laws of 2001)

Staff Study of Recodification of Title 12, Chapters 701-721: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

Committee to Review the Child Protective System (Joint Order H. P. 1385)

Committee to Study the Benefits and Costs for Increasing Access to Family and Medical Leave for Maine Families (Joint Order H. P. 1386)

Commission to Develop a Plan to Implement the Closure of State Liquor Stores (Included in the Part I Budget, Chapter 358, Public Laws of 2001)

Interim Study of the Maine Clean Election Act (Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs)

Commission to Recognize Vietnam Veterans in the Hall of Flags (Chapter 353, Public Laws of 2001)

Committee to Study the Loss of Commercial Fishing Waterfront Access and Other Economic Development Issues Affecting Commercial Fishing (Joint Order H. P. 1384)

Interim Study of the State of the Lobster Fishery in Maine (Committee on Marine Resources)

Task Force to Study Market Power Issues Related to the Solid Waste Hauling and Disposal Industry (Chapter 773, Public Laws of 1999)

Commission to Study the Establishment of an Environmental Leadership Program (Chapter 134, Resolves of 1999)

Commission to Study the Implementation of a Unified Emergency Response for All Emergency Releases and Spills of Toxic or Hazardous Materials (Chapter 65, Resolves of 2001)

Office of Fiscal and Program Review Study of Tax Expenditure Review Process (Chapter 17, Resolves of 2001)

Interim Study of the Authorization of Specialty License Plates (Committee on Transportation)

Interim Study of Passenger and Freight Rail Opportunities in Maine (Committee on Transportation)

Interim Study of the Electric Industry (Committee on Utilities and Energy)

Advisory Committee to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services Regarding Workers' Compensation System (Chapter 49, Resolves of 2001)

Committee to Study Growth Management (Joint Order H. P. 1330)

Legislative Youth Advisory Council (Included in the Part II Budget, Chapter 439, Public Laws of 2001)

Education Funding Reform Committee (Included in the Part II Budget, Chapter 439, Public Laws of 2001)

Health Care System and Health Security Board (Included in the Part II Budget, Chapter 439, Public Laws of 2001)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Regular Session of the 120th Legislature become effective September 21, 2001. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.

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.