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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 13

Monday, March 4, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, February 21, 2002

Ch. 478 - An Act to Amend the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association Act. (S.P. 268, L.D. 915)

Ch. 479 - An Act to Allow Pledging of Medical Education Loans to Secure Bonds to Finance Educational Loans. (S.P. 674, L.D. 1877)

Ch. 480 - An Act to Make Technical Changes to the Maine State Grant Program. (S.P. 732, L.D. 2042)

Ch. 481 - An Act to Ensure Continued Reporting of Tax Incentive Recipients. (S.P. 655, L.D. 1834)

Ch. 482 - An Act to Clarify Recent Amendments to the Maine Consumer Credit Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1496, L.D. 1999)

Ch. 483 - An Act to Repeal the Sunset Provision Regarding the State Police Providing Services at Cost to Governmental and Nongovernmental Entities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1457, L.D. 1954)

Ch. 484 - An Act to Amend the Definition of "Governmental Unit" as It Relates to the Maine Municipal Bond Bank Act. (H.P. 1412, L.D. 1856)

Ch. 485 - An Act to Reduce Administration in the Right-of-way Process of the Department of Transportation. (S.P. 679, L.D. 1881)

Ch. 486 - An Act to Clarify Licensure for the Operation of Antique Trucks. (H.P. 1397, L.D. 1836)

Ch. 487 - An Act to Make Changes to the Respite Care Fund Administered by the Department of Human Services. (H.P. 1441, L.D. 1938)

Ch. 488 - An Act to Eliminate Unnecessary Filing Requirements for Water Utilities. (H.P. 1399, L.D. 1838)

Ch. 489 - An Act to Authorize the Formation of Regional County Corrections Authorities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 662, L.D. 1853)

Ch. 490 - An Act to Clarify the Application of Workers' Compensation Coverage Requirements to Wood Harvesters. (H.P. 1549, L.D. 2052)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, February 21, 2002

Ch. 48 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Mount Blue Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1413, L.D. 1857)

Ch. 49 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Winterport Sewerage District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1418, L.D. 1862)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, February 21, 2002

Ch. 72 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation to Make Recommendations to the Legislature to Provide More Stable Financial Support for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. (H.P. 674, L.D. 874)

Ch. 73 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor to Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1403, L.D. 1842)

Ch. 74 - Resolve, to Allow the Courts to Utilize the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to Issue a Bond of $2,500,000 to Finish the Repairs at the Lewiston District Court. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1425, L.D. 1866)

(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, MARCH 1, 2002

L.D. 2133, S.P. 789
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Workers' Compensation Board Governance Study. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2134, H.P. 1631
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Purchase Land in Machias, Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1598.)

L.D. 2135, H.P. 1632
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 21: Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Conservation. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Conservation pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2136, H.P. 1633
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Amendments to Chapter 127, Instructional Program, Assessment and Diploma Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2137, H.P. 1634
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 9: Rules Governing Administrative Civil Money Penalties for Labor Law Violations, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2138, H.P. 1635
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 750: Standardized Health Plans, Part II HMO Guidelines, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2139, H.P. 1636
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 90: Registration of Foresters for Supervision of Unlicensed Personnel, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2140, H.P. 1637
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 296: Patient Brochure and Poster on Dental Amalgam and Alternatives, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2141, H.P. 1638
An Act to Amend the Animal Welfare Laws and Increase Funding for Animal Welfare. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2001, chapter 399, section 8.)

L.D. 2142, H.P. 1639
An Act to Change the Governing Board of the George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative VOLENIK of Brooklin)

L.D. 2143, S.P. 791
An Act Regarding the Local Governance of School Administrative Units. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, S.P. 773.)

L.D. 2144, H.P. 1641
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 220: Methodology for Identification of Regional Service Centers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Executive Department, State Planning Office. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Executive Department, State Planning Office pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2145, H.P. 1642
An Act to Include all State-supported Institutions of Higher Education in the Clean Government Initiative. (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 2146, S.P. 793
An Act to Establish the Maine Consumer Choice Health Plan. (Presented by President BENNETT of Oxford)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First 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.