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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 15

Monday, March 18, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 7, 2002

Ch. 506 - An Act to Hold the Bureau of General Services Accountable for Services Provided for School Construction Projects. (H.P. 373, L.D. 475)

Ch. 507 - An Act to Allow Maine to Participate in the Federal Pilot Program for Drivers Delivering Home Heating Oil. (H.P. 1477, L.D. 1978)

Ch. 508 - An Act to Improve the Juvenile Drug Court Program. (S.P. 658, L.D. 1850)

Ch. 509 - An Act to Amend the Loan Broker Law. (H.P. 1396, L.D. 1835)

Ch. 510 - An Act to Designate Department of Education Chapter 180 Rules as Major Substantive Rules. (H.P. 1476, L.D. 1977)

Ch. 511 - An Act to Improve the Effectiveness of the Driver Education and Evaluation Programs. (S.P. 714, L.D. 1916)

Ch. 512 - An Act to Amend the Civil Service Law with Respect to Veterans' Preference. (S.P. 713, L.D. 1915)

Ch. 513 - An Act to Clarify the Overweight Fine Violation for Trucks Carrying Certain Designated Commodities and Registered for 100,000 Pounds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1419, L.D. 1863)

Ch. 514 - An Act to Strengthen the Habitual Offender Law. (S.P. 653, L.D. 1832)

Ch. 515 - An Act Regarding Fire Inspections for Foster Homes. (H.P. 1409, L.D. 1847)

Ch. 516 - An Act to Amend the Election Laws. (H.P. 1519, L.D. 2023)

Ch. 517 - An Act to Allow Private Psychiatric Hospitalization of Residents of Department of Corrections Juvenile Facilities. (H.P. 1464, L.D. 1961)

Ch. 518 - An Act to Clarify the Treatment of Members of Limited Liability Companies Under the Workers' Compensation Laws. (H.P. 1550, L.D. 2053)

Ch. 519 - An Act to Abolish the Educational Leave Advisory Board. (H.P. 1616, L.D. 2115)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Ch. 520 - An Act to Improve Maine's Jail Diversion Programs. (H.P. 191, L.D. 202)

Ch. 521 - An Act to Allow Municipalities to Create Capital Improvement Districts. (H.P. 441, L.D. 562)

Ch. 522 - An Act to Create a Digital Library to Meet the Educational, Research, Business and Economic Needs of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1102, L.D. 1471)

Ch. 523 - An Act to Repeal the Retroactive Effect of Changes Made to the Subdivision Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1534, L.D. 2037)

Ch. 524 - An Act to Modify Investment-related Insurance Company Provisions of the Maine Insurance Code. (H.P. 1475, L.D. 1976)

Ch. 525 - An Act to Waive the Competitive Bid Requirement for Lease of Certain Unused State Facilities. (S.P. 672, L.D. 1875)

Ch. 526 - An Act to Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (S.P. 666, L.D. 1870)

Ch. 527 - An Act to Reduce Identity Theft by Regulating Electronically Printed Credit Card and Debit Card Receipts. (S.P. 678, L.D. 1880)

Ch. 528 - An Act to Prepare Residential Electricity Customers for Competitive Electricity Markets in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1500, L.D. 2003)

Ch. 529 - An Act to Aid Fire Departments in Meeting Mandatory Reporting Requirements. (S.P. 776, L.D. 2112)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Ch. 52 - An Act to Increase the Debt Limit of the Calais School District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 744, L.D. 2074)

Ch. 53 - An Act to Provide for the 2002 and 2003 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 755, L.D. 2091) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 7, 2002

Ch. 78 - Resolve, to Direct the Department of Transportation to Submit Proposed Legislation Permitting Limited Application of Canadian Highway Weight Standards. (H.P. 400, L.D. 521)

Ch. 79 - Resolve, to Name the New Psychiatric Treatment Center Located in Augusta. (H.P. 1652, L.D. 2158)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Ch. 80 - Resolve, to Study School Administrative Unit Organization in Maine. (S.P. 733, L.D. 2043)

(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 15, 2002

L.D. 2163, H.P. 1658
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Domestic Violence. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to Resolve 1999, chapter 126.)

L.D. 2164, H.P. 1656
An Act to Provide Government with the Necessary Authority to Respond to a Public Health Emergency Caused by an Act of Bioterrorism. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Speaker SAXL of Portland)

L.D. 2165, H.P. 1659
Resolve, to Allow Julie Harrington to Sue the State. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Milford)

L.D. 2166, H.P. 1661
An Act to Provide Flexibility in the Rate of Interest Charged on Delinquent Taxes. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 2167, H.P. 1663
An Act to Improve Public Safety by Regulating the Installation and Inspection of Fire Alarm Systems. (Submitted by the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 3371.)

L.D. 2168, S.P. 805
Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2169, H.P. 1664
An Act to Ensure Proper Disbursement of Matching Funds under the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 2170, H.P. 1665
An Act to Ensure Maine Citizens in Recovery from Drug Addiction Equal Access to Public Assistance. (Presented by Representative PEAVEY of Woolwich)

L.D. 2171, H.P. 1666
An Act to Withdraw from the Texas Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Buxton)

L.D. 2172, H.P. 1667
An Act to Designate the Great Salt Bay Marine Shellfish Preserve. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1584.)

L.D. 2173, H.P. 1670
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice Regarding the Review of the Department of Public Safety under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2174, H.P. 1672
Resolve, Authorizing Michelle Booker to Sue the State. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 2175, S.P. 810
An Act to Amend the County Jail Prisoner Support and Community Corrections Fund. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to Joint Order 2001, S.P. 768.)

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.