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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXVIII, No. 21

Monday, May 6, 2002

120th LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

Adjourned April 25, 2002

END OF THE SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Correction: Ch. 565 appeared as L.D. 2029 on Weekly Legislative Report No. 17.

Ch. 565 - An Act to Make Additional Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and to Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1587, L.D. 2092) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, April 20, 2002

Ch. 708 - An Act to Establish the Maine Consumer Choice Health Plan. (S.P. 793, L.D. 2146)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 709 - An Act to Clarify that the Sales Tax Exemption for Purchase of Manufacturing Equipment Applies Equitably. (S.P. 133, L.D. 457)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Ch. 710 - An Act to Correct Recently Enacted Legislation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1741, L.D. 2216) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 3, 2002

Ch. 711 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Develop a Plan to Implement the Closure of State Liquor Stores. (H.P. 1623, L.D. 2123)

Ch. 712 - 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. (S.P. 822, L.D. 2202) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 713 - An Act Amending the Membership of the Emergency Medical Services' Board. (H.P. 1745, L.D. 2219)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 3, 2002

Ch. 125 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 296: Patient Brochure and Poster on Dental Amalgam and Alternatives, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (H.P. 1637, L.D. 2140)

Ch. 126 - Resolve, to Fund the Operations of the Workers' Compensation Board for Fiscal Year 2002-03. (S.P. 835, L.D. 2217) (Governor's Bill)

(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, MAY 3, 2002

L.D. 2216, H.P. 1741
An Act to Correct Recently Enacted Legislation. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 2217, S.P. 835
Resolve, to Fund the Operations of the Workers' Compensation Board for Fiscal Year 2002-03. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 2218, H.P. 1742
An Act to Improve the Responsiveness of the Unemployment Insurance Program. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 2219, H.P. 1745
An Act Amending the Membership of the Emergency Medical Services' Board. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice pursuant to Joint Order 2001, H.P. 1703.)

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 HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"…If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

An Act to Improve the Responsiveness of the Unemployment Insurance Program. (H.P. 1742, L.D. 2218)

INTERIM STUDIES

Working Group to develop principles to be addressed when any agency of the State is considering a conservation easement (Chapter 116, Resolves of 2001)

Commission on Fatherhood Issues established (Chapter 121, Resolves of 2001)

Health Care System and Health Security Board (Included in the Part II Budget, Chapter 439, Part ZZZ, Public Laws of 2001) (continuation)

Committee to Study Reimbursement Rates for Maine's Bottle Redemption Businesses and Other Issues Related to the Handling and Collection of Returnable Containers (Chapter 661, Public Laws of 2001)

Task Force to Study the Impact of a Maine-based Casino (Chapter 124, Resolves of 2001)

Legislative Youth Advisory Council (Chapter 439, Part PPPP, Public Laws of 2001) (on-going beginning July 2002)

Study Group to develop recommendations for state actions that would provide adequate instructional opportunities for all students to achieve the State's learning results while also ensuring a high level of operational efficiency (Chapter 80, Resolves of 2001)

Task Force to Review the Status of Implementation of the System of Learning Results (Chapter 660, Public Laws of 2001)

Blue Ribbon Commission to Address Financing of Long-term Care (Chapter 114, Resolves of 2001)

Commission to Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine (Chapter 462, Public Laws of 2001) (continuation)

Staff Study of Recodification of Title 12, chapters 701-721: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (Joint Order H.P. 613) (continuation)

Implement Additional Recommendations of the Maine Criminal Justice Information System (MCJUSTIS) Policy Board Task Force (Chapter 45, Resolves of 2001) (continuation)

Committee to Continue to Study the Benefits and Costs for Increasing Access to Family and Medical Leave for Maine Families (Chapter 115, Resolves of 2001)

Task Force to Study Methods of Addressing Inequities in the Retirement Benefits of State Employees and Teachers (Chapter 707, Public Laws of 2001)

Community Preservation Advisory Committee (Chapter 648, Public Laws of 2001)

State House and Capitol Park Commission to study issues involved in the design of a Living Memorial in Capitol Park in Honor of the Victims and Heroes of the September 11, 2001 Tragedy (Chapter 110, Resolves of 2001)

Commission to arrange for a plaque or plaques and a flag or flags to be displayed in the Hall of Flags in the State House to honor the Maine veterans of World War II and the Korean War (Chapter 113, Resolves of 2001)

Task Force on Rail Transportation (Chapter 120, Resolves of 2001)

Advisory Committee to undertake a pilot project to simplify truck weight laws (Chapter 687, Public Laws of 2001)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the Second Regular Session of the 120th Legislature become effective July 25, 2002. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.


Bill status information is available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/session.