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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 19

Monday, April 15, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 4, 2002

Ch. 619 - An Act to Require Major Water Users to Provide Public Information About Their Annual Water Withdrawals from Public Water Resources. (H.P. 1119, L.D. 1488)

Ch. 620 - An Act to Phase Out the Availability of Mercury-added Products. (H.P. 1501, L.D. 2004)

Ch. 621 - An Act to Establish a Pilot Project Program to Provide Incentives for Multimunicipal Development. (H.P. 1559, L.D. 2061)

Ch. 622 - An Act to Require Logging Contractors to Notify Landowners and Employees of the Cancellation of Workers' Compensation Insurance Coverage. (H.P. 1572, L.D. 2077)

Ch. 623 - An Act to Amend the Laws Concerning Specialty License Plates. (H.P. 1506, L.D. 2009)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 5, 2002

Ch. 624 - An Act to Strengthen Energy Conservation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 330, L.D. 420)

Ch. 625 - An Act to Amend the Law Regarding Severance Pay. (H.P. 1498, L.D. 2001)

Ch. 626 - An Act to Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 723, L.D. 1964)

Ch. 627 - An Act to Protect Police Horses. (H.P. 1435, L.D. 1932)

Ch. 628 - An Act to Amend the Maine Overtime Pay Provisions Regarding Certain Drivers and Drivers' Helpers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1611, L.D. 2108) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 629 - An Act to Withdraw from the Texas Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1666, L.D. 2171) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 8, 2002

Ch. 630 - An Act to Establish the Energy Resources Council. (H.P. 506, L.D. 646)

Ch. 631 - An Act to Increase Home Ownership. (H.P. 1533, L.D. 2036)

Ch. 632 - An Act to Amend the Uniform Commercial Code, Article 9-A. (H.P. 1401, L.D. 1840)

Ch. 633 - An Act to Allow Mechanics Licensed by the Manufactured Housing Board to Install and Maintain Oil Tanks. (S.P. 686, L.D. 1888)

Ch. 634 - An Act to Amend the Maine Criminal Code to Address Terrorism. (S.P. 801, L.D. 2160) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 635 - An Act to Provide Flexibility in the Rate of Interest Charged on Delinquent Taxes. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1661, L.D. 2166)

Ch. 636 - An Act to Provide Maine State Retirement System Representation on the State Employee Health Commission. (S.P. 817, L.D. 2198)

Ch. 637 - An Act to Establish a Centralized Voter Registration System for the State. (H.P. 1683, L.D. 2182)

Ch. 638 - An Act to Implement Municipal Recommendations Regarding Surface Water Use on Great Ponds. (H.P. 1712, L.D. 2204)

Ch. 639 - An Act to Increase the Cap on Funds Available through the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program. (H.P. 1709, L.D. 2203)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Ch. 640 - An Act to Adopt the Model Business Corporation Act in Maine. (H.P. 283, L.D. 361)

Ch. 641 - An Act to Increase the Opportunities of Retired State Employees to Enroll a Spouse or Dependents in the Maine State Health Insurance Plan. (S.P. 729, L.D. 1988)

Ch. 642 - An Act to Expand the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program. (H.P. 1509, L.D. 2012)

Ch. 643 - An Act to Create the Office of Maine-Canada Trade Ombudsman. (H.P. 1505, L.D. 2008)

Ch. 644 - An Act Concerning Student Threats. (H.P. 1474, L.D. 1975)

Ch. 645 - An Act Regarding Child Care Facility Laws. (H.P. 1523, L.D. 2027)

Ch. 646 - An Act to Provide Retirement Equity for Capital Security Officers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1524, L.D. 2028)

Ch. 647 - An Act Regarding the Requirements for Documenting Pretest and Post-test Counseling for HIV Tests. (H.P. 1651, L.D. 2157)

Ch. 648 - An Act to Establish the Community Preservation Advisory Committee. (H.P. 1565, L.D. 2070)

Ch. 649 - An Act to Establish the Maine Public Library of Geographic Information. (H.P. 1617, L.D. 2116)

Ch. 650 - An Act to Improve Access to Prescription Drugs for Persons who are Elderly or Disabled. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 777, L.D. 2113)

Ch. 651 - An Act Relating to Subdivision Review and Title Search Procedures. (S.P. 779, L.D. 2119)

Ch. 652 - An Act Relating to Tax Expenditure Review and Other Tax Reporting Requirements. (S.P. 828, L.D. 2210)

Ch. 653 - An Act to Allow a Lessee to Purchase Leased Premises When the Lessor Decides to Sell. (H.P. 1600, L.D. 2101)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Ch. 654 - An Act to Expand Family Life Education Services in Maine Schools. (H.P. 1180, L.D. 1603)

Ch. 655 - An Act to Amend Maine's Wild Turkey Hunting Season. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 721, L.D. 1923)

Ch. 656 - An Act to Prevent Mercury Emissions when Recycling and Disposing of Motor Vehicles. (S.P. 719, L.D. 1921)

Ch. 657 - An Act to Protect Retirement Income. (H.P. 1503, L.D. 2006)

Ch. 658 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Postsecondary Educational Attainment. (S.P. 767, L.D. 2102)

Ch. 659 - An Act Relating to the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness Who are Incarcerated. (H.P. 1563, L.D. 2068)

Ch. 660 - An Act Regarding Essential Programs and Services. (H.P. 1602, L.D. 2103)

Ch. 661 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Returnable Container Handling and Collection Study. (H.P. 1685, L.D. 2184)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 4, 2002

Ch. 66 - An Act Providing for the Supply of Water to the City of Brewer. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 794, L.D. 2147)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 8, 2002

Ch. 67 - An Act to Provide Funding for the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Maine Fire Training and Education Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1704, L.D. 2201)

Ch. 68 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the Winterport Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1719, L.D. 2207)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Ch. 69 - An Act to Dissolve the Ministerial Accounts in the Town of Readfield's Trust Fund. (H.P. 1416, L.D. 1860)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 4, 2002

Ch. 103 - 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) (H.P. 1634, L.D. 2137)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 8, 2002

Ch. 104 - Resolve, to Further Protect Endangered and Threatened Species Through Better Communication. (H.P. 1603, L.D. 2104)

Ch. 105 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Purchase Land in Machias, Maine. (H.P. 1631, L.D. 2134)

Ch. 106 - 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. (H.P. 1641, L.D. 2144)

Ch. 107 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Amendments to Chapter 127, Instructional Program, Assessment and Diploma Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (H.P. 1633, L.D. 2136)

Ch. 108 - Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 805, L.D. 2168) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 109 - 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) (H.P. 1684, L.D. 2183)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Ch. 110 - Resolve, to Develop a Living Memorial in Capitol Park in Honor of the Victims and Heroes of the September 11, 2001 Tragedy. (H.P. 1488, L.D. 1991)

Ch. 111 - Resolve, to Require Agencies to Provide a List of Certain Paperwork Required of Maine Businesses. (H.P. 1543, L.D. 2044)

Ch. 112 - Resolve, Dealing With One-time License Transfers of Sea Urchin Dragging Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1726, L.D. 2213)

(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 12, 2002

L.D. 2214, H.P. 1735
Resolve, to Establish and Fund the Task Force on Rail Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1727.)

L.D. 2215, S.P. 834
An Act to Address the Cash Flow and Funding Needs of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

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.