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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 18

Monday, April 8, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 28, 2002

Ch. 567 - An Act Regarding Horse Racing. (H.P. 253, L.D. 289)

Ch. 568 - An Act to Create the Washington County Development Authority. (S.P. 541, L.D. 1672)

Ch. 569 - An Act to Ensure Health Maintenance Organization Accountability. (S.P. 217, L.D. 782)

Ch. 570 - An Act to Improve the Accessibility and Affordability of Health Care Benefits in the State. (S.P. 622, L.D. 1804)

Ch. 571 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for General Assistance. (H.P. 1466, L.D. 1963)

Ch. 572 - An Act to Amend the Animal Health and Disease Control Laws. (S.P. 724, L.D. 1965)

Ch. 573 - An Act to Strengthen the Laws Governing Inspections of Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Elevators and Tramways. (H.P. 1553, L.D. 2056)

Ch. 574 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Public Health. (H.P. 1525, L.D. 2029)

Ch. 575 - An Act to Facilitate the Closure of Privately Owned Solid Waste Landfills. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 695, L.D. 1897)

Ch. 576 - An Act to Regulate Lead Smart Renovators and Lead Sampling Technicians. (H.P. 1439, L.D. 1936)

Ch. 577 - An Act to Improve the Safety Provided by the Underground Facilities Protection Law. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1520, L.D. 2024)

Ch. 578 - An Act to Encourage Regionalism in Municipal Growth Management. (H.P. 1588, L.D. 2094)

Ch. 579 - An Act to Change the Standard for Requesting an Adjustment to State Valuation Because of a Sudden and Severe Disruption of Valuation. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 799, L.D. 2154)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 1, 2002

Ch. 580 - An Act to Aid Implementation of the Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 1998. (S.P. 183, L.D. 611)

Ch. 581 - An Act to Establish Educational Requirements for Granting Noncommercial Lobster Licenses. (H.P. 1493, L.D. 1996)

Ch. 582 - An Act to Clarify the Law Governing Unlawful Solicitation to Benefit Law Enforcement Agencies. (S.P. 753, L.D. 2090)

Ch. 583 - An Act to Amend the Tax Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 669, L.D. 1873)

Ch. 584 - An Act to Conform Maine Tax Law to the Federal Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 667, L.D. 1871)

Ch. 585 - An Act to Ensure the Safety of Maine Children While Riding in a Vehicle. (H.P. 1421, L.D. 1867)

Ch. 586 - An Act to Provide Full Utility of Retired School Buildings. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1615, L.D. 2114)

Ch. 587 - An Act to Allow Qualified Shellfish Harvesters to Continue to Sample Water Quality. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1646, L.D. 2152)

Ch. 588 - An Act Regarding the Local Governance of School Administrative Units. (S.P. 791, L.D. 2143)

Ch. 589 - An Act to Ensure Proper Disbursement of Matching Funds under the Maine Clean Election Act. (H.P. 1664, L.D. 2169)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Ch. 590 - An Act to Give the Maine Technical College System Limited Revenue Bonding Authority. (H.P. 1362, L.D. 1819)

Ch. 591 - An Act to Clarify the Use of Municipal Rate of Growth Ordinances. (H.P. 1560, L.D. 2062)

Ch. 592 - An Act to Authorize the Transfer of Development Rights. (H.P. 1546, L.D. 2049)

Ch. 593 - An Act Regarding Site Selection Criteria for Parking for State Facilities. (H.P. 1557, L.D. 2059)

Ch. 594 - An Act to Authorize County Extension Building Associations to Borrow Money. (H.P. 1614, L.D. 2111)

Ch. 595 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Study the Loss of Commercial Fishing Waterfront Access and Other Economic Development Issues Affecting Commercial Fishing. (H.P. 1619, L.D. 2118)

Ch. 596 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Assisted Living. (H.P. 1697, L.D. 2195)

Ch. 597 - 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. (H.P. 1676, L.D. 2177)

Ch. 598 - An Act to Ensure Maine Citizens in Recovery from Drug Addiction Equal Access to Public Assistance. (H.P. 1665, L.D. 2170)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Ch. 599 - An Act to Require Continuing Education in the Cosmetology, Manicuring, Aesthetics and Barbering Fields. (H.P. 1107, L.D. 1476)

Ch. 600 - An Act to Ensure Fairness in the Regulation and Reimbursement of Nursing Facilities. (S.P. 461, L.D. 1514)

Ch. 601 - An Act Regarding the Repatriation of Native American Remains. (H.P. 1443, L.D. 1940)

Ch. 602 - An Act to Allow Federal Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Maine Statutes. (H.P. 1458, L.D. 1955)

Ch. 603 - An Act to Address Liquidation Harvesting. (S.P. 718, L.D. 1920)

Ch. 604 - An Act Concerning Rules of the Bureau of Parks and Lands. (S.P. 720, L.D. 1922)

Ch. 605 - An Act to Facilitate Compliance with Spill Prevention Requirements and Authorize Reimbursement for Certain Oil Spill Remediation Expenses. (H.P. 1513, L.D. 2016)

Ch. 606 - An Act to Allow the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services to Make Direct Selection of Architects, Engineers and Other Professionals Whose Services Do Not Exceed $25,000 in Value. (H.P. 1427, L.D. 1865)

Ch. 607 - An Act to Give the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services Discretion Regarding Building Codes. (S.P. 671, L.D. 1874)

Ch. 608 - An Act Regarding Utility Easements. (H.P. 1472, L.D. 1973)

Ch. 609 - An Act Regarding Eligibility for Financing Through the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority. (S.P. 689, L.D. 1891)

Ch. 610 - An Act to Ban the Use of Aircraft While Hunting. (S.P. 746, L.D. 2078)

Ch. 611 - An Act Concerning the Disposal and Storage of Cremains. (H.P. 1580, L.D. 2089)

Ch. 612 - An Act to Provide for Notice of Termination, Nonrenewal or Change in Terms of Certain Leases. (H.P. 1599, L.D. 2100)

Ch. 613 - An Act to Amend the Law Relating to Growth-related Capital Investments. (H.P. 1566, L.D. 2071)

Ch. 614 - An Act Regarding Workers' Compensation and Liability Immunity Coverage for Emergency Management Forces. (H.P. 1578, L.D. 2084)

Ch. 615 - An Act to Require Appropriate Public Notice of a State Building Project. (S.P. 742, L.D. 2067)

Ch. 616 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Unlawful Sale of Personal Sports Mobiles and the Registration of New Snowmobiles. (H.P. 1694, L.D. 2192)

Ch. 617 - An Act to Amend the Animal Welfare Laws and Increase Funding for Animal Welfare. (H.P. 1638, L.D. 2141)

Ch. 618 - An Act Regarding the Clearing of Vegetation in Areas Adjacent to Protected Natural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1679, L.D. 2179)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 28, 2002

Ch. 59 - An Act to Permit the Town of Atkinson to Deorganize. (S.P. 707, L.D. 1909)

Ch. 60 - An Act to Establish the Administrative Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1526, L.D. 2030)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 1, 2002

Ch. 61 - An Act to Change the Governing Board of the George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1639, L.D. 2142)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Ch. 62 - An Act to Separate Territory from the Town of Falmouth and Annex it to the City of Portland. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 499, L.D. 1586)

Ch. 63 - An Act to Amend the Boundaries Between Ripley and St. Albans. (H.P. 1429, L.D. 1926)

Ch. 64 - An Act to Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services to be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2002-2003. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1613, L.D. 2110)

Ch. 65 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Corinna Water District to Allow for the Appointment of Trustees. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 800, L.D. 2159)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 28, 2002

Ch. 87 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Public Safety, Maine Emergency Medical Services, Medical Direction and Practices Board to Review and Update Protocols for Training Basic Emergency Medical Technicians to Administer Epinephrine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1536, L.D. 2039)

Ch. 88 - Resolve, to Improve the Health of Maine Citizens Through Hepatitis C Prevention and Detection. (H.P. 1414, L.D. 1858)

Ch. 89 - Resolve, to Implement the Recommendations of the Health Care Workforce Steering Committee. (S.P. 711, L.D. 1913)

Ch. 90 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapters I to IV: Regulations Governing the Licensing and Functioning of Assisted Living Facilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1547, L.D. 2050)

Ch. 91 - Resolve, to Require the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission to Report Regarding Methods to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Firefighters and the Provision of Healthcare. (H.P. 1643, L.D. 2148)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Ch. 92 - Resolve, to Establish a Demonstration Project to Review Requirements Imposed on Agencies Contracting with the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services. (H.P. 1450, L.D. 1947)

Ch. 93 - Resolve, to Study the Design and Funding of a Household Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste Collection Program. (H.P. 1473, L.D. 1974)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Ch. 94 - Resolve, to Provide Access to Personal Care Assistant Home Care Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1437, L.D. 1934)

Ch. 95 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services Lease the Interests of the State in Property at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. (S.P. 675, L.D. 1878)

Ch. 96 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to Make Recommendations to the Legislature to Provide Increased Outreach Activities for Women Veterans. (H.P. 1532, L.D. 2035)

Ch. 97 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Amendments to Chapter 305, Permit by Rule Standard and Chapter 310, Wetland Protection Regarding Cutting and Removal of Vegetation, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1571, L.D. 2076)

Ch. 98 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 10, Section 17(A)(2), (3) and (6), Standards for the Clearing of Vegetation for Development, Major Substantive Rules of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission within the Department of Conservation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1590, L.D. 2095)

Ch. 99 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 691, Section 3-A, Siting Restrictions for New Facilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management within the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1618, L.D. 2117)

Ch. 100 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 50: Variance From Educational Qualifications for Issuance of an Interim Forester License, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1625, L.D. 2125)

Ch. 101 - 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) (H.P. 1632, L.D. 2135)

Ch. 102 - 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) (H.P. 1636, L.D. 2139)

Constitutional Resolutions

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Ch. 1 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Allow for Loans to be Repaid With Federal Transportation Funds. (S.P. 705, L.D. 1907)

(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, APRIL 5, 2002

L.D. 2207, H.P. 1719
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Winterport Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H. P. 1708.)

L.D. 2208, H.P. 1720
An Act Allowing for a Public Hearing Process for Certain Actions Relating to Dams. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1693.)

L.D. 2209, H.P. 1721
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Secretary of State and the University of Maine System to Develop a Comprehensive Plan for Preserving and Protecting Historical Records and Access to Those Records. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2001, chapter 10.)

L.D. 2210, S.P. 828
An Act Relating to Tax Expenditure Review and Other Tax Reporting Requirements. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Resolve 2001, chapter 17, section 2.)

L.D. 2211, H.P. 1723
An Act to Include a Woman Veteran on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Veterans' Homes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1689.)

L.D. 2212, H.P. 1724
An Act to Create the Maine Rural Development Authority. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1610.)

L.D. 2213, H.P. 1726
Resolve, Dealing With One-time License Transfers of Sea Urchin Dragging Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1705.)

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.