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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 20

Monday, April 22, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 11, 2002

Ch. 662 - An Act to Update the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (H.P. 1288, L.D. 1752)

Ch. 663 - An Act Regarding Workers' Compensation Benefits for Firefighters, Rescue Workers and Safety Workers Who Contract Certain Communicable Diseases. (H.P. 1283, L.D. 1746)

Ch. 664 - An Act to Strengthen the Certificate of Need Law. (S.P. 619, L.D. 1799) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 665 - An Act Concerning Custody and Visitation for Sex Offenders. (H.P. 1468, L.D. 1969)

Ch. 666 - An Act to Support a Continuum of Quality Long-term Care Services. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 722, L.D. 1924)

Ch. 667 - An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1577, L.D. 2083)

Ch. 668 - An Act to Amend the Pulling Events Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1454, L.D. 1951)

Ch. 669 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Development Districts. (S.P. 725, L.D. 1966)

Ch. 670 - An Act to Restrict the Availability of Products with Excessive Levels of Arsenic. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1447, L.D. 1944)

Ch. 671 - An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1406, L.D. 1844)

Ch. 672 - An Act to Make the Use of Tokens or Tickets for Games of Chance at Agricultural Fairs Optional. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1552, L.D. 2055)

Ch. 673 - An Act to Revise the Definition of Affordable Housing. (H.P. 1596, L.D. 2099)

Ch. 674 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $28,500,000 to Capitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund, to Provide Grants to Public Educational Institutions to Install Sprinkler Systems in Dormitories, to Renovate the Harlow Office Building and to Provide a Center for Homeless Teenagers. (H.P. 1628, L.D. 2128) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 675 - An Act to Amend the Freedom of Access Laws to Protect Security Plans, Security Procedures and Risk Assessments. (H.P. 1647, L.D. 2153) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 676 - An Act to Include a Woman Veteran on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Veterans' Homes. (H.P. 1723, L.D. 2211)

Ch. 677 - An Act to Address the Health Coverage Crisis for Maine's Small Businesses and Self-employed Persons. (H.P. 1324, L.D. 1784)

Ch. 678 - An Act to Reduce Medical Errors and Improve Patient Health. (S.P. 419, L.D. 1363)

Ch. 679 - An Act to Reinstate Tax Deductibility of Qualified Long-term Care Insurance. (H.P. 70, L.D. 79)

Ch. 680 - An Act to Enhance Economic Development Capacity. (S.P. 337, L.D. 1144)

Ch. 681 - An Act to Create the Transit Bonus Payment Program. (H.P. 386, L.D. 507)

Ch. 682 - An Act to Continue the Sales Tax Exemption on Vehicles Sold and Leased and Removed from the State. (H.P. 916, L.D. 1230)

Ch. 683 - An Act to Amend the Lead Poisoning Control Act. (H.P. 1535, L.D. 2038)

Ch. 684 - An Act to Promote Organ Donation. (H.P. 1448, L.D. 1945)

Ch. 685 - An Act to Promote Safety of Families through the Workplace. (H.P. 1463, L.D. 1960)

Ch. 686 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Domestic Violence. (H.P. 1658, L.D. 2163)

Ch. 687 - An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1485, L.D. 2018)

Ch. 688 - An Act to Promote the Fiscal Sustainability of the Highway Fund. (H.P. 1516, L.D. 2020)

Ch. 689 - An Act to Modernize the Procurement Practices at the Department of Transportation. (H.P. 1483, L.D. 1984)

Ch. 690 - An Act to Stabilize the Funding of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (H.P. 1432, L.D. 1929)

Ch. 691 - An Act to Transfer Responsibility for Determining Eligibility for the Elderly Low-cost Drug Program from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to the Department of Human Services. (H.P. 1522, L.D. 2026)

Ch. 692 - An Act to Increase the Workers' Compensation Insurance Assessment to Fund a Hearing Officer Position. (H.P. 1548, L.D. 2051)

Ch. 693 - An Act to Implement the Unanimous and the Majority Recommendations of the Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-terrain Vehicles and Watercraft. (H.P. 1575, L.D. 2081)

Ch. 694 - An Act to Provide Government with the Necessary Authority to Respond to a Public Health Emergency Caused by an Act of Bioterrorism. (H.P. 1656, L.D. 2164) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 695 - An Act to Include all State-supported Institutions of Higher Education in the Clean Government Initiative. (H.P. 1642, L.D. 2145)

Ch. 696 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Review the Child Protective System. (H.P. 1644, L.D. 2149)

Ch. 697 - 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. (H.P. 1670, L.D. 2173)

Ch. 698 - An Act to Amend the County Jail Prisoner Support and Community Corrections Fund. (S.P. 810, L.D. 2175)

Ch. 699 - An Act to Amend Maine State Retirement System Statutes. (H.P. 1686, L.D. 2185)

Ch. 700 - An Act to Supplement Maine's Academic Attainment and to Retain Talent. (H.P. 1655, L.D. 2162)

Ch. 701 - An Act Concerning Disability Retirement Benefits under the Maine State Retirement System. (S.P. 816, L.D. 2197)

Ch. 702 - An Act to Create the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. (H.P. 1695, L.D. 2193)

Ch. 703 - An Act to Create the Maine Rural Development Authority. (H.P. 1724, L.D. 2212)

Ch. 704 - 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. (H.P. 1721, L.D. 2209)

Ch. 705 - 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. (S.P. 834, L.D. 2215) (Governor's Bill)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Became law without the Governor's signature

Ch. 706 - An Act to Protect Workers from Unilateral Imposition of Random or Arbitrary Drug Testing. (H.P. 1595, L.D. 2098)

Ch. 707 - An Act to Address the Unfunded Liability of the Maine State Retirement System and the Equity of Retirement Benefits for State Employees and Teachers. (S.P. 819, L.D. 2199)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 11, 2002

Ch. 70 - An Act to Safeguard Volunteer Firefighters' Regular Employment. (H.P. 1449, L.D. 1946)

Ch. 71 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $24,100,000 for Water Pollution Control, Drinking Water, Water for Crops and Fish-rearing Facilities, to Clean up Hazardous Substances and Tire Stockpiles, Promote Public Geographic Data, Recapitalize the Potato Marketing Fund and Capitalize the Dam Repair Fund. (S.P. 783, L.D. 2120) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 72 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $25,000,000 to Build a New Correctional Facility in Machias and to Make Improvements to the Maine Correctional Center in South Windham. (H.P. 1629, L.D. 2129) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 73 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $34,970,000 to Stimulate Job Growth in Maine, to Renovate Certain State Facilities and to Promote Homeland Security and Tourism. (S.P. 785, L.D. 2130) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 74 - An Act to Support Family Farms. (S.P. 463, L.D. 1516)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 11, 2002

Ch. 113 - Resolve, to Recognize Veterans of World War II and the Korean War in the State House Hall of Flags. (S.P. 735, L.D. 2046)

Ch. 114 - Resolve, Establishing the Blue Ribbon Commission to Address the Financing of Long-term Care. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1436, L.D. 1933)

Ch. 115 - Resolve, to Continue the Study of the Benefits and Costs for Increasing Access to Family and Medical Leave for Maine Families. (H.P. 1556, L.D. 2058)

Ch. 116 - Resolve, to Promote the Interests of the People of Maine when Public Funds are Used to Acquire Conservation Easements. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1593, L.D. 2096)

Ch. 117 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 126: Immunization Requirements for School Children, a Rule of the Department of Human Services, and Portions of Chapter 261: Immunization Requirements for School Children, a Rule of the Department of Education, Major Substantive Rules Jointly Adopted by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1624, L.D. 2124)

Ch. 118 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 750: Standardized Health Plans, Part II HMO Guidelines, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1635, L.D. 2138)

Ch. 119 - Resolve, to Adjust the Valuation of St. John Plantation as a Result of a Fire. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 825, L.D. 2205)

Ch. 120 - Resolve, to Establish and Fund the Task Force on Rail Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1735, L.D. 2214)

Ch. 121 - Resolve, to Establish a Fatherhood Issues Study Commission. (H.P. 370, L.D. 472)

Ch. 122 - Resolve, Appropriating Funds for the Seeds of Peace International Camp. (H.P. 1434, L.D. 1931)

Ch. 123 - Resolve, to Reduce Pollution of Androscoggin Lake by Repairing and Altering the Existing State-owned Barrier on Dead River in Leeds. (H.P. 1465, L.D. 1962)

Ch. 124 - Resolve, to Study the Impact of a Maine-based Casino on the Economy, Transportation Infrastructure, State Revenues and the Job Market. (H.P. 1700, L.D. 2200)

(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.)

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.