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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 16

Monday, March 25, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 14, 2002

Ch. 530 - An Act to Allow Landowner Permits to be Issued for Turkey Hunting. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1442, L.D. 1939)

Ch. 531 - An Act Regarding Fire Safety Laws for Residential Care Facilities. (H.P. 1494, L.D. 1997)

Ch. 532 - An Act Relating to the Dissemination of Intelligence and Investigative Information. (S.P. 697, L.D. 1899)

Ch. 533 - An Act to Require Additional Transportation Information on the Maine Chemical Inventory Reporting Form. (H.P. 1564, L.D. 2069)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 15, 2002

Ch. 534 - An Act Regarding Provisional Certification for Teachers and Administrators. (H.P. 1517, L.D. 2021)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 18, 2002

Ch. 535 - An Act Concerning Confidentiality of Investigations by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (S.P. 688, L.D. 1890)

Ch. 536 - An Act to Require the Owner of a Submerged Snowmobile or Boat to Remove the Snowmobile or Boat. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1467, L.D. 1968)

Ch. 537 - An Act to Clarify Municipal Reapportionment Authority. (H.P. 1446, L.D. 1943)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Ch. 538 - An Act to Amend Certain Statutes Regarding Beano and Games of Chance. (H.P. 1512, L.D. 2015)

Ch. 539 - An Act to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking. (H.P. 1515, L.D. 2019)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 21, 2002

Ch. 540 - An Act to Facilitate Water Well Drilling if Necessitated by Emergency Drought Conditions. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 795, L.D. 2150) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 541 - An Act to Provide Enhancements to the Small Enterprise Growth Program. (H.P. 1420, L.D. 1868)

Ch. 542 - An Act Regarding Certain Educational Requirements for Licensed Social Workers. (S.P. 709, L.D. 1911)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 21, 2002

Ch. 54 - An Act to Increase the Number of Alternative Delivery Pilot Projects for School Construction and to Increase the Maximum Project Cost of Projects Eligible for Alternative Delivery. (H.P. 1426, L.D. 1864)

Ch. 55 - An Act to Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2003. (S.P. 736, L.D. 2047)

Ch. 56 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Portland Water District for the Purpose of Redistricting Trustee Representation to Reflect 2000 Census Data. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1568, L.D. 2073)

Ch. 57 - An Act to Allow the Town of Lincoln to Adjust the Definition of Original Assessed Value for a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1630, L.D. 2132) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 14, 2002

Ch. 81 - Resolve, Regarding Participation in Regional Transmission Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1492, L.D. 1995)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 21, 2002

Ch. 82 - Resolve, Directing the Director of the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement to Study the Equity of Fees for Establishments Licensed to Sell Liquor for On-premises Consumption. (S.P. 684, L.D. 1886)

Ch. 83 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 395 - Construction Standards and Ownership and Cost Allocation Rules for Electric Distribution Line Extensions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1609, L.D. 2107)

(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 22, 2002

L.D. 2176, H.P. 1675
An Act to Ensure Consistent Regulation of Air Emissions in the State. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 2177, H.P. 1676
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government Pursuant to Reviews Conducted under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2178, S.P. 814
An Act to Implement the Minority Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation Regarding the Final Report of the Task Force to Study the Municipal Excise Tax and Other Motor Vehicle Registration Fees. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Public Law 2001, chapter 440.)

L.D. 2179, H.P. 1679
An Act Regarding the Clearing of Vegetation in Areas Adjacent to Protected Natural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Resolve 1999, chapter 116.)

L.D. 2180, S.P. 813
An Act to Provide Funding for Conservation Education. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2181, H.P. 1678
An Act to Amend the Rule-making Authority of the Department of Conservation Regarding Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 1999, chapter 695, section 4.)

L.D. 2182, H.P. 1683
An Act to Establish a Centralized Voter Registration System for the State. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1622.)

L.D. 2183, H.P. 1684
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Elections Act and Related Provision Amendments, Major Substantive Rules of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2184, H.P. 1685
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Returnable Container Handling and Collection Study. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1389.)

L.D. 2185, H.P. 1686
An Act to Amend Maine State Retirement System Statutes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1591.)

L.D. 2186, H.P. 1687
Resolve, to Establish the Task Force to Study the Effectiveness of Stormwater Management in Developed Watersheds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 2187, H.P. 1688
An Act to Provide Equity to Adoptive Parents with Respect to Parental Leave. (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 2188, S.P. 815
An Act Regarding the Withdrawal of Lake View Plantation from School Administrative District No. 41. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 2189, H.P. 1690
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $15,000,000 for the Construction of a Civic Center and Auditorium in Eastern Central Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1610.)

L.D. 2190, H.P. 1691
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $25,400,000 for Economic Development. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1610.)

L.D. 2191, H.P. 1692
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $29,400,000 for Economic Development. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1610.)

L.D. 2192, H.P. 1694
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Unlawful Sale of Personal Sports Mobiles and the Registration of New Snowmobiles. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1586.)

L.D. 2193, H.P. 1695
An Act to Create the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1597.)

L.D. 2194, H.P. 1696
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $15,000,000 for Biomedical Research and Development Equipment and Infrastructure. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Economic and Community Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1610.)

L.D. 2195, H.P. 1697
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Assisted Living. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Private and Special Law 1991, chapter 36.)

L.D. 2196, H.P. 1698
An Act to Permit Small Game Hunting on Private Property on Sunday in Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative McGLOCKLIN of Embden)

L.D. 2197, S.P. 816
An Act Concerning Disability Retirement Benefits under the Maine State Retirement System. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor pursuant to Joint Order 2001, S.P. 86.)

L.D. 2198, S.P. 817
An Act to Provide Maine State Retirement System Representation on the State Employee Health Commission. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2199, S.P. 819
An Act to Address the Unfunded Liability of the Maine State Retirement System and the Equity of Retirement Benefits for State Employees and Teachers. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President Pro Tem MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 2200, H.P. 1700
Resolve, to Study the Impact of a Maine-based Casino on the Economy, Transportation Infrastructure, State Revenues and the Job Market. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

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.