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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 17

Monday, April 1, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 22, 2002

Ch. 543 - An Act Regarding Child Abandonment. (S.P. 539, L.D. 1670)

Ch. 544 - An Act to Enact the Uniform Principal and Income Act of 1997. (H.P. 1173, L.D. 1573)

Ch. 545 - An Act to Authorize Certain Former Members of the Maine State Retirement System to Rejoin the Maine State Retirement System. (S.P. 682, L.D. 1884)

Ch. 546 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Background Checks on Prospective Adoptive Parents. (H.P. 1507, L.D. 2010)

Ch. 547 - An Act to Clarify the Regulatory Authority of the Maine Forest Service Regarding Forestry-related Quarantines. (S.P. 664, L.D. 1855)

Ch. 548 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Relating to Review of the Land for Maine's Future Board Under the Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1650, L.D. 2156)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 25, 2002

Ch. 549 - An Act Regarding Possession of Firearms by Prohibited Persons. (H.P. 526, L.D. 681)

Ch. 550 - An Act Regarding Public Charities, Nonprofit Corporations and Conversions of Nonprofit Entities to For-profit Entities. (H.P. 1307, L.D. 1770)

Ch. 551 - An Act to Ensure the Fair Collection of Overpayments. (H.P. 1433, L.D. 1930)

Ch. 552 - An Act Regarding Criminal History Record Checks. (H.P. 1486, L.D. 1989)

Ch. 553 - An Act to Clarify the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1518, L.D. 2022)

Ch. 554 - An Act to Make Certain Changes to the State's Child Support Enforcement Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1521, L.D. 2025)

Ch. 555 - An Act to Establish the Asthma Prevention and Control Program in the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health. (H.P. 1495, L.D. 1998)

Ch. 556 - An Act to Expedite Employment in Maine Industry. (S.P. 741, L.D. 2066)

Ch. 557 - An Act to Clarify the Status of Retirees Who Return to Service Under the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 1469, L.D. 1970)

Ch. 558 - An Act to Designate the Great Salt Bay Marine Shellfish Preserve. (H.P. 1667, L.D. 2172)

Ch. 559 - 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. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1574, L.D. 2080) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Ch. 560 - An Act to Amend the Subdivision Review Criteria for Traffic. (H.P. 1576, L.D. 2082)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Ch. 561 - An Act Regarding the Deferment of Loan Repayments for Remediation of Waste Oil Sites. (S.P. 657, L.D. 1849)

Ch. 562 - An Act to Clarify the Application of the Freedom of Access Laws to Certain Proceedings and Records of the Maine Technology Institute. (S.P. 712, L.D. 1914)

Ch. 563 - An Act to Waive the Title Fee for Towed Abandoned Vehicles. (S.P. 740, L.D. 2064)

Ch. 564 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Study Access to Private and Public Lands in Maine. (H.P. 1594, L.D. 2097)

Ch. 565 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Public Health. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1525, L.D. 2029)

Ch. 566 - An Act to Amend the Rule-making Authority of the Department of Conservation Regarding Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas. (H.P. 1678, L.D. 2181)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 25, 2002

Ch. 58 - An Act Authorizing the Transfer of Rights from Schedule Brook Bridge to Henderson Brook Bridge. (S.P. 703, L.D. 1905)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 25, 2002

Ch. 84 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Apply for a Federal Waiver to Provide Medicaid Benefits to Uninsured Residents with a Diagnosis of Cancer. (H.P. 1497, L.D. 2000)

Ch. 85 - Resolve, to Address the Crisis in Direct-care Staff in the Long-term Care System. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1504, L.D. 2007)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Ch. 86 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 1 - Requirements for Written Prescription of Schedule II Drugs, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Public Safety. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1626, L.D. 2126)

(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 29, 2002

L.D. 2201, H.P. 1704
An Act to Provide Funding for the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Maine Fire Training and Education Program. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 3371.)

L.D. 2202, S.P. 822
An Act to Ensure that 25% of Workers' Compensation Cases with Permanent Impairment Remain Eligible for Duration-of-disability Benefits in Accordance With the Workers' Compensation Act. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2203, H.P. 1709
An Act to Increase the Cap on Funds Available through the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H. P. 1610.)

L.D. 2204, H.P. 1712
An Act to Implement Municipal Recommendations Regarding Surface Water Use on Great Ponds. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1677.)

L.D. 2205, S.P. 825
Resolve, to Adjust the Valuation of St. John Plantation as a Result of a Fire. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2206, S.P. 826
An Act to Assist the Displaced Workers at Hathaway Shirt Company. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

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.