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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 4

Monday, February 3, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2003

L.D. 267, S.P. 103
An Act Concerning Boards of Assessment Review. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 268, S.P. 104
An Act to Support Entrepreneurship in the State Through the Maine Microenterprise Initiative Fund. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 269, S.P. 105
An Act To Exempt Special Mobile Equipment from Sales Tax. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 270, S.P. 106
An Act To Give Priority in the Antlerless Deer Permit System to a Person Who Owns 100 Acres or More of Land and Permits Hunting on the Land. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 271, H.P. 214
An Act To Improve Guidance to the Commissioner of Marine Resources for Granting Marine Aquaculture Leases. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 272, H.P. 215
An Act to Expand Aquaculture Site Location Criteria to Include Aesthetic Impact and Property Value Changes. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 273, H.P. 216
An Act To Modify Certain Criminal Appeal Statutes in View of the New Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 274, H.P. 217
An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Revisor of Statutes pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 94.)

L.D. 275, H.P. 218
An Act Concerning the Membership of the Board of Dental Examiners. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 276, H.P. 219
An Act to Allow the Sale of Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses. (Presented by Representative ASH of Belfast)

L.D. 277, H.P. 220
An Act to Amend the Eligibility Requirements for a Lobster and Crab Fishing License. (Presented by Representative ASH of Belfast)

L.D. 278, H.P. 221
An Act To Eliminate the Restriction on Municipal Investment of Trust Funds. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 279, H.P. 222
An Act To Support the Regional Library System. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 280, H.P. 223
An Act to Clarify the Jurisdiction of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 281, H.P. 224
Resolve, Regarding the Criminal Records of Certified Nursing Assistants. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 282, H.P. 225
An Act To Prohibit Municipal Elections within 60 Days of a Statewide Election. (Presented by Representative ASH of Belfast)

L.D. 283, H.P. 226
An Act To Clarify the Law on County Capital Expenditure Accounts. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 284, H.P. 227
An Act To Require Use of United States Citizens for Work with the Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 285, H.P. 228
An Act Directing the Department of Human Services to Adjust Dental Reimbursement Rates under the Medicaid Program. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 286, H.P. 229
An Act To Title Mobile Homes, Boats, All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 287, H.P. 230
An Act To Amend the Home Construction Contracts Laws. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Falmouth)

L.D. 288, H.P. 231
Resolve, to Authorize Michelle Booker to Sue the State. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 289, H.P. 232
An Act to Create the Family Technology Assistance Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 290, H.P. 233
An Act To Ensure That Title Applications are Timely Delivered. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 291, H.P. 234
An Act To Provide Parity in Lending by State-chartered Lenders. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 292, H.P. 235
An Act To Support Individuals With Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Physically or Sexually Abused. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 293, H.P. 236
An Act To Require Additional Driving Time and a 30-day Waiting Period for Retesting Minors Who Fail Their Driver's Exams. (Presented by Representative COURTNEY of Sanford)

L.D. 294, H.P. 237
An Act to Ensure that Property or Casualty Insurance Companies Can Not Deny Policy Owners Who have Foster Children in Their Care. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 295, H.P. 238
An Act To Revise the Laws Regulating Boarding Homes. (Presented by Representative LAVERRIERE-BOUCHER of Biddeford)

L.D. 296, H.P. 239
An Act Regarding the Licensing of Foresters. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 297, H.P. 240
An Act to Provide for Proper Identification of Stray Cats by Animal Shelters. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 298, H.P. 241
An Act To Define Standard-offer Service as a Service of Last Resort. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Belmont)

L.D. 299, H.P. 242
An Act To Amend the Abortion Reporting Laws To Eliminate Immunity for a Physician Who Reports Data on an Abortion. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 300, H.P. 243
An Act To Ban the Hunting of Animals in an Enclosed Area. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 301, H.P. 244
An Act To Allow Access to State Postsecondary Educational Institutions to Maine Seniors. (Presented by Representative ASH of Belfast)

L.D. 302, H.P. 245
An Act To Make Adjustments to the Renewable Energy Portfolio. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Belmont)

L.D. 303, H.P. 246
An Act To Increase Protection for Endangered and Threatened Species. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 304, H.P. 247
An Act to Raise the Minimum Age for Operation of an ATV from 10 Years of Age to 16 Years of Age. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 305, H.P. 248
An Act To Amend the Lien Procedures for Time-share Estates. (Presented by Representative COLLINS of Wells)

L.D. 306, H.P. 249
An Act To Ensure Recovery of Extraordinary, Terrorism-related Security Costs for Public Utilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BERRY of Belmont)

L.D. 307, H.P. 250
An Act To Allow Licensed Master Social Workers To Contract with Agencies in the State. (Presented by Representative LAVERRIERE-BOUCHER of Biddeford)

L.D. 308, H.P. 251
An Act to Streamline Maine's Planning Process. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 309, H.P. 252
An Act To Require Church Officials To Report Suspected Abuse. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 310, H.P. 253
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Reduce the Size of the Legislature Beginning in 2005. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Skowhegan)

L.D. 311, H.P. 254
An Act to Adopt a New Interstate Compact Regarding Adults Who are on Probation and Parole. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 312, H.P. 255
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation to Perform a Regional Corridor Traffic Study. (Presented by Representative CROSTHWAITE of Ellsworth)

L.D. 313, H.P. 256
An Act to Rename the Gasoline Tax the "Road Services Fee". (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 314, H.P. 257
Resolve, To Study the Property Valuation Process. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 315, H.P. 258
An Act To Provide a Discount to Farmers Who Are Certified as Organic Farmers and Lease Land from the State. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 316, H.P. 259
An Act to Prohibit Absolute Discretion Clauses in Health Carrier and Excess Loss Carrier Contracts. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 317, H.P. 260
An Act To Prohibit Expenditures To Implement Treaties Not Ratified by the United States Senate. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 318, H.P. 261
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Transportation To Develop Rules To Control Wheel Spray from Large Commercial Vehicles. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 319, H.P. 262
An Act to Reenact Standards for Road Construction for Forest Management Activities. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

L.D. 320, H.P. 263
An Act Concerning Counties' Share of the Real Estate Transfer Tax. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 321, H.P. 264
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for Protected Reserve Funds. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 322, H.P. 265
An Act To Set Limits on Fines That May Be Assessed for Nonhabitual Offenders under Maine's Truck Weight Laws. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 323, H.P. 266
An Act To Allow Modular Home Transporters To Obtain Trailer Transit Plates. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 324, H.P. 267
An Act to Create a Crime of Refusing an Alcohol Test in Operating-under-the-influence Cases. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

L.D. 325, S.P. 107
An Act To Clarify the Laws Pertaining to the Surcharge for Records Preservation for the Registry of Deeds. (Presented by Senator YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot)

L.D. 326, S.P. 108
An Act To Increase Access to Higher Education. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 327, S.P. 109
An Act to Prevent Abuse of Elephants. (Presented by Senator PENDLETON of Cumberland)

L.D. 328, S.P. 110
An Act to Increase Courthouse Security. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 329, S.P. 111
An Act to Encourage the Use of Generic Drugs. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 330, S.P. 112
An Act To Clarify the Ability of Transmission and Distribution Utilities To Market Electricity at Retail. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 331, S.P. 113
An Act Restricting Telemarketers from Blocking Their Telephone Numbers When Making Solicitation Calls. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 332, S.P. 114
Resolve, Affecting the MaineCare Reimbursement Formula. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 333, S.P. 115
Resolve, Directing the Department of Audit To Establish a Fraud Hotline. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 334, S.P. 116
An Act To Establish a Transportation Assistance Program and Revolving Loan Fund. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 335, S.P. 117
An Act To Stimulate Economic Growth in Northern Penobscot County. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 336, S.P. 118
An Act to Fund the Endowment Incentive Fund. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 337, S.P. 119
An Act to Strengthen State Investment in the University of Maine System for Applied Research and Development. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 338, S.P. 120
An Act to Stabilize the Maine Dairy Industry. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 339, H.P. 268
An Act To Require the Workers' Compensation Board To Adopt Rules To Require Electronic Filing. (Submitted by the Workers' Compensation Board pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 39-A, section 152, subsection 11.)

L.D. 340, H.P. 269
An Act To Amend Certain Aspects of Post-conviction Review Procedure. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 341, H.P. 271
An Act To Require Information on New Well Caps. (Presented by Representative ROGERS of Brewer)

L.D. 342, S.P. 121
An Act to Amend the Law Relating to Annuities. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 343, H.P. 272
An Act To Reduce the Electric Bill of Persons Requiring Daily Use of Electric Oxygenators. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 344, H.P. 273
An Act To Amend the School Finance Act. (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 345, H.P. 274
An Act To Reinstate a Milk Handling Fee. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 346, S.P. 122
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Allow a Well and Waterline Easement. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 347, S.P. 123
An Act to Amend School Administrative District Cost-sharing and County Tax Apportionments to Recognize the Value of Property in Municipal Tax Increment Financing Districts. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 348, S.P. 124
An Act To Limit State Land Ownership. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 349, S.P. 125
An Act Regarding Implied Warranties. (Presented by Senator CARPENTER of York)

L.D. 350, S.P. 126
An Act To Provide Funding For Construction of a Dormitory at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 351, S.P. 127
An Act To Promote Clarity Regarding Death Certificates. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 352, S.P. 128
An Act To Encourage Energy Efficiency and Security. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 353, S.P. 129
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $500,000 To Fund the Challenger Learning Center of Maine. (Presented by Senator SAWYER of Penobscot)

L.D. 354, S.P. 130
An Act To Impose Restrictions on the Operation of ATVs and Snowmobiles. (Presented by Senator CARPENTER of York)

L.D. 355, H.P. 275
An Act To Require That Residential Customers Be Given Contracts for Utility Line Extensions. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 356, H.P. 276
An Act To Build a Prison in Washington County. (Presented by Representative PELLON of Machias)

L.D. 357, H.P. 277
Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs Identifying the Vietnam Memorial in Bangor. (Presented by Representative TREADWELL of Carmel)

L.D. 358, H.P. 278
An Act To Promote Participation of Retired Professionals in the State's Classrooms. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 359, H.P. 279
An Act To Clarify Reciprocity for ATV Registration. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 360, H.P. 280
An Act To Strengthen the Animal Control Laws. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 361, H.P. 281
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Wage and Benefit Records Kept by Contractors Working on Public Works Projects. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 362, H.P. 282
An Act To Rescind the Vehicle Registration of a Person Who Pays for That Registration with a Bad Check. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 363, H.P. 283
An Act to Ensure Patient Access to Medical Records. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 364, H.P. 284
An Act To Provide Funding for the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 365, H.P. 285
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Antique Vehicles. (Presented by Representative PEAVEY-HASKELL of Greenbush)

L.D. 366, H.P. 286
An Act To Prevent Discrimination Against Group Health Plans Sponsored by Agricultural Cooperatives. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 367, H.P. 287
An Act To Limit the Duration of a Reversion Clause in the Deed of a Church. (Presented by Representative GAGNE-FRIEL of Buckfield)

L.D. 368, H.P. 288
An Act To Increase the Registration Fee for ATVs. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 369, H.P. 289
An Act To Create a Closed Season for ATV Use. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 370, H.P. 290
An Act To Change the Display of ATV Registration Numbers. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 371, H.P. 291
An Act To Require Review of Utility Rates Prior to Approval of Alternative Rate Plans. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 372, H.P. 292
Resolve, to Improve Community Safety and Sex Offender Accountability. (Presented by Speaker COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 373, H.P. 293
An Act Eliminating the Receipt by the Maine Veterans' Homes of Any Reimbursement from the MaineCare Program for the Costs of Renovating the Existing 120-bed Maine Veterans' Homes Nursing Facility in Augusta. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Speaker COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 374, H.P. 294
An Act To Create Animal Shelter Special Registration Plates. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 375, H.P. 295
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Security Officer Qualifications. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 376, H.P. 296
An Act To Encourage Lawful Investigations of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 377, H.P. 297
An Act To Responsibly Allocate Costs in Child Protection Proceedings. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 378, H.P. 298
An Act to Enhance the Maine Earned Income Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 379, H.P. 299
Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Transportation To Examine Which Aspects of the Department of Transportation's Operations Could be Privatized. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 380, H.P. 300
An Act To Protect Public Safety Using DNA Data of Juvenile Violent Offenders. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 381, H.P. 301
An Act To Clarify How Consumers Acquire Information about In-pack Sweepstakes, Contests and Games. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 382, H.P. 302
An Act To Enhance the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 383, H.P. 303
An Act to Enhance Public Participation in Matters Before Professional Licensing Boards. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 384, H.P. 304
Resolve, Directing the Maine State Housing Authority To Study Ways To Promote Construction of Affordable Housing for Veterans. (Presented by Representative SUSLOVIC of Portland)

L.D. 385, H.P. 305
An Act to Change the Reporting Requirements for the Mercury Switch Removal Program. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 386, H.P. 306
An Act to Exempt School Units From Liability When Releasing Information Regarding School Employees Accused of a Crime. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 387, H.P. 307
An Act To Exempt Biodiesel Fuel from the Special Fuel Tax. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 388, H.P. 308
An Act To Permit Small Game Hunting on Private Property on Sunday in Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative McGLOCKLIN of Embden)

L.D. 389, H.P. 309
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Municipal Citizen Initiatives and Referenda. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SUSLOVIC of Portland)

L.D. 390, H.P. 310
An Act To Raise the High School Dropout Age. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 391, H.P. 311
An Act To Provide Consumers at Chain Restaurants with Accurate, Accessible Nutrition Information. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 392, H.P. 312
An Act To Prohibit Use of Computerized Calls by Telemarketers. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 393, H.P. 313
An Act Authorizing the Operation of Low-speed Vehicles on Certain Roads. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 394, H.P. 314
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $2,700,000 for Maine Maritime Academy. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 395, H.P. 315
An Act to Clarify the Use of Municipal Rate-of-growth Ordinances. (Presented by Representative SUSLOVIC of Portland)

L.D. 396, S.P. 133
An Act To Allow Dealers of Manufactured Housing To Install Oil Tanks. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 397, S.P. 134
An Act To Study the Development of an Emergency Alert Notification System for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Individuals. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 398, S.P. 135
An Act To Improve Collection of Information about Work-related Injuries and To Enhance Injury Prevention Efforts. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 399, S.P. 136
An Act To Increase Civil Process Fees. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 400, S.P. 137
An Act To Promote Student Aspirations through Higher Education Scholarships. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 401, S.P. 138
An Act To Require the Plumbers' Examining Board To Adopt the Uniform Plumbing Code. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 402, S.P. 139
An Act To Reduce the Tax Paid on Mahogany Quahogs. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 403, S.P. 140
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Deduction of Pension and Retirement Benefits from State Income Tax. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 404, S.P. 141
An Act To Limit the Transfer of Handguns to Minors. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 405, S.P. 142
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $50,000,000 for Research and Development and Capital Improvements for the University of Maine System and the Maine Technical College System. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

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