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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 8

Monday, March 3, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2003

L.D. 921, H.P. 678
An Act To Enact the Uniform Trust Code. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 922, H.P. 679
An Act To Clarify the Bind-over Provisions of the Maine Juvenile Code. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Falmouth)

L.D. 923, H.P. 680
Resolve, To Increase Safety in Stockton Springs. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 924, H.P. 681
Resolve, To Enhance Public Safety in Winterport. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 925, H.P. 682
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Repair Swan Lake Road in the Town of Frankfort. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 926, H.P. 683
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Bigelow Preserve To Allow for Cross-country Skiing. (Presented by Representative McGLOCKLIN of Embden)

L.D. 927, H.P. 684
An Act To Require an Impact Statement on Legislation Relating to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Executive Department, State Planning Office. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

L.D. 928, H.P. 685
An Act Regarding the Sale and Protection of Ferrets. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 929, H.P. 686
An Act To Specify the Size and Typeface of Disclaimers on Political Literature Not Authorized by a Candidate. (Presented by Representative MOODY of Manchester)

L.D. 930, H.P. 687
An Act To Prohibit Arbitrary Interest Rate Hikes. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 931, H.P. 688
An Act To Provide Certain Health Emergency Training to High School Seniors. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 932, H.P. 689
An Act To Amend the Season for Laying Bait for Bear. (Presented by Representative BRUNO of Raymond)

L.D. 933, H.P. 690
An Act To Require Public Notification of Herbicide Applications in the State's Great Ponds. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 934, H.P. 691
An Act To Allow the Videotaping of the Testimony of Witnesses 13 Years of Age and under in Certain Cases. (Presented by Representative McNEIL of Rockland)

L.D. 935, H.P. 692
An Act To Abolish Term Limits for Legislators. (Presented by Representative SUSLOVIC of Portland)

L.D. 936, H.P. 693
An Act To Require Insurance Policies To Provide Coverage for Medically Necessary Rehabilitation Services. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 937, H.P. 694
An Act To Require the Net Proceeds from the Sale of a Foreclosed Property To Be Returned to the Former Owner. (Presented by Representative TWOMEY of Biddeford)

L.D. 938, H.P. 695
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Change the Assessment of Lands Used for Long-term Ownership. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 939, H.P. 696
An Act To Repeal the Fee on Aquacultural Salmon Production. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 940, H.P. 697
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Cap the Property Taxes of Homes That Have Been in the Same Family for 4 Generations. (Presented by Representative McNEIL of Rockland)

L.D. 941, H.P. 698
An Act To Strengthen the Criminal Laws by Expanding the Definition of Trafficking and Furnishing Prescription Narcotic Drugs To Include Illegal Possession of a Large Number of Pills. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 942, H.P. 699
An Act To Create Guidelines To Promote Good Science in Rulemaking. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 943, H.P. 700
An Act To Discourage Abuse and Fraud under the Workers' Compensation Laws. (Presented by Representative SUSLOVIC of Portland)

L.D. 944, H.P. 701
An Act To Increase Penalties for Furnishing or Trafficking Scheduled Drugs That Cause Death or Serious Bodily Injury. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 945, H.P. 702
An Act To Facilitate Communication between Prescribers and Dispensers of Prescription Medication. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 946, H.P. 703
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Promote Jobs and Economic Development through Ecotourism. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 947, H.P. 704
An Act To Create the Cable Television Franchise Board. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 948, H.P. 705
An Act To Ensure Clean Air in Communities Affected by Privately Owned Incinerator Facilities. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 949, H.P. 706
An Act To Eliminate the 6 Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils and To Transfer Authority and Funding to the Technical Colleges in Each Region. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 950, H.P. 707
An Act Authorizing the Creation of Individual Medical Savings Accounts. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 951, H.P. 708
An Act To Establish the Maine Land Bank and Community Preservation Program. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 952, H.P. 709
An Act To Establish a Maine-resident-only Reservation Period for State Park Campsites. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 953, H.P. 710
An Act To Exempt Children under 17 Years of Age from Certain Fishing Restrictions. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 954, H.P. 711
An Act To Require Disclosure of the Amount and Duration of Unemployment Benefits to Recipients. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 955, H.P. 712
An Act To Allow Recipients To Withdraw from Receiving Unemployment Benefits by Phone and at Any Time before Receiving Benefits. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 956, H.P. 713
An Act To Improve the Procedure for Locating Runaway Children. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 957, H.P. 714
An Act To Retain Teachers Holding Targeted Need Area Certificates. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 958, H.P. 715
An Act To Require the Display of Oil Prices on Home Heating Oil Delivery Trucks. (Presented by Representative MAIETTA of South Portland)

L.D. 959, H.P. 716
An Act To Require the Chief Medical Examiner To Perform Tests When Public Safety or Health Care Personnel Are Exposed. (Presented by Representative MAIETTA of South Portland)

L.D. 960, H.P. 717
An Act To Allow the Alternate Use of Moose Permits when an Emergency Prevents Permittee Use. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 961, H.P. 718
An Act Clarifying Child Support Obligations. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 962, H.P. 719
An Act to Consolidate the Advocacies of the Various State Agencies into an Executive Department and Establish the Office of Inspector General. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 963, H.P. 720
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Fish Stocking Procedures and Management and the Enforcement of Fishing Laws in Northwestern Aroostook County. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 964, H.P. 721
An Act To Help Disabled, Elderly and Junior Hunters. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 965, H.P. 722
Resolve, to Create a Task Force to Implement the 1991 Report of the President's and Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 966, H.P. 723
An Act To Encourage the Payment of Delinquent Taxes. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 967, S.P. 308
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Madawaska Water District. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 968, S.P. 309
An Act To Protect the Future of the U.S. Naval Air Station at Brunswick. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 969, S.P. 310
An Act To Ensure Equity in Mortgage Volume Fees. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 970, S.P. 311
An Act To Allow a Judge To Assess a Fee on a Defendant To Reimburse a Municipality for a Drug Test. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 971, S.P. 312
An Act To Amend the Constitution of the Maine Episcopal Missionary Society. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 972, S.P. 313
An Act To Provide a Preference for State Residents in the Awarding of Government Contracts. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 973, S.P. 314
An Act To Ensure Comprehensive Cancer Control in Maine. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 974, S.P. 315
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Workers' Compensation Trust Funds for Political Contributions. (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 975, S.P. 316
An Act To Improve the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 976, S.P. 317
An Act To Ensure Effective Prosecution of Certain Repeat Offenders. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 977, S.P. 318
An Act To Adjust Qualifications for the So-called "Circuit Breaker Program". (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 978, S.P. 319
An Act To Establish a Rotarian License Plate. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 979, S.P. 320
An Act To Require Continuing Education for Professional Engineers. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 980, S.P. 321
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Qualification of Candidates. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 981, S.P. 322
An Act To Ensure Segregation of Spoiled Ballots. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 982, S.P. 323
An Act To Increase the Legal Age for the Purchase of Tobacco Products. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 983, S.P. 324
An Act To Phase Out the Tax on Business Equipment. (Presented by Senator BLAIS of Kennebec)

L.D. 984, S.P. 325
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Registers of Deeds. (Presented by Senator YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot)

L.D. 985, S.P. 326
An Act To Improve the State's Returnable Bottle Law and Adjust Handling Fees. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 986, S.P. 327
An Act To Enact the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amendments of 1996 and 2001. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 987, S.P. 328
An Act To Establish Consistent Requirements for High School Course Credits and Diploma Eligibility. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 988, S.P. 329
An Act To Increase Penalties for Passing a Stopped School Bus. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 989, S.P. 330
An Act To Transfer Speech Pathologist Licensure Functions to the Department of Education. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 990, S.P. 331
An Act To Provide an Alternative Method of Payment under the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 991, S.P. 332
An Act To Equalize Fuel Taxes on Vehicles Used for Personal Travel. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 992, S.P. 333
An Act To Clarify the Purchase of Military Time Served under the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 993, S.P. 334
An Act To Promote Economic Growth by Retaining Engineers in Maine. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 994, S.P. 338
Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Inventory Maine Business Excellence. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 995, S.P. 339
An Act To Exempt a Person Who Performs Work on Certain Vessels from the Laws Governing Professional Engineers. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 996, S.P. 340
An Act Allowing Municipalities To Retain a Percentage of Any Increase in the Sales and Use Tax. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 997, S.P. 341
An Act Allowing Municipalities To Create Property Tax Circuit Breaker Programs. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 998, S.P. 342
An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Registration and Inspection Dates. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 999, S.P. 343
An Act To Ensure Fairness in Payment of Superior Court Witness Fees by Counties. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 1000, S.P. 344
An Act To Establish a Policy for Inland Fishing Rules. (Presented by Senator CARPENTER of York)

L.D. 1001, S.P. 345
An Act To Modify the Criteria for Approval of Aquaculture Leases. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1002, S.P. 346
Resolve, To Provide Emergency Relief for the Schools in East Millinocket. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator STANLEY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1003, S.P. 347
An Act To Protect the Public from Floodwater Contamination in Shellfish. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 1004, S.P. 348
An Act To Clarify the Status of Regulated Water Utility Plumbing Permits. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1005, S.P. 349
An Act To Increase the Class of Crime of Unlawful Sexual Contact. (Presented by Senator LEMONT of York)

L.D. 1006, H.P. 727
An Act To Require Confirmation of Appointments to the Board of Accountancy. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1007, H.P. 728
An Act To Promote Clarity and Uniformity in Health Insurance Contracts. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1008, H.P. 729
An Act To Clarify When Notice is Effective to Terminate a Tenancy at Will. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 1009, H.P. 730
An Act Concerning Retirement Benefits for State Employees. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1010, H.P. 731
An Act To Exempt Military Pensions from State Income Tax. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1011, H.P. 732
An Act To Establish Minimum Environmental Compliance Standards for Subsidized Employers. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 1012, H.P. 733
RESOLUTION, Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of Maine To Require the Appointment of County Sheriffs, Judges and Registers of Probate. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 1013, H.P. 734
An Act To Address Maine's Direct Care Worker Shortage. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1014, H.P. 735
An Act To Enhance Professionalism of Private Investigators in this State. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1015, H.P. 736
An Act To Accommodate the Unique Circumstances Affecting Regional Transportation Providers in the Administration of Car Seat Laws. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1016, H.P. 737
Resolve, Directing Certain State Agencies To Renegotiate an Agreement Regarding Dams on the Sebasticook River. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 1017, H.P. 738
An Act To Broaden the Scope of Driving to Endanger. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1018, H.P. 739
An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Concerning the Types of Transportation Vehicle Used To Transport Children. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1019, H.P. 740
Resolve, To Create the Industrial Property Assessing Methods Group. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 1020, H.P. 741
An Act To Amend the Maine Criminal Code as Recommended by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1021, S.P. 350
Resolve, To Renew the Veterans' Emergency Assistance Program. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1022, S.P. 353
An Act To Provide for the Expedited Eviction of Violent Tenants. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1023, S.P. 354
An Act To Criminalize Noncompliance with an Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1024, S.P. 355
An Act To Increase Access to Prescription Drugs for Low-income Elderly and Disabled People. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1025, S.P. 356
An Act To Ensure Uniform Code Compliance and Efficient Oversight of Construction in the State. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 1026, H.P. 743
An Act To Broaden the Law Enforcement Authority of University of Maine System Public Safety Officers. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1027, H.P. 744
Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Adopt Rules Regarding Certain Election Practices. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1028, H.P. 745
An Act To Restrict Use of Auto Dealer Plates. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 1029, H.P. 746
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Private Property on Which a Body Is Buried. (Presented by Representative McNEIL of Rockland)

L.D. 1030, H.P. 747
An Act To Allow Consumer-owned Utilities To Purchase Power at Negotiated Wholesale Rates, Terms and Conditions. (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1031, H.P. 748
An Act To Impose a Fee on Nonresidents Who Participate in Recreational Activities in the State. (Presented by Representative LAVERRIERE-BOUCHER of Biddeford)

L.D. 1032, H.P. 749
An Act To Reduce the Processing Time for Substitute Teacher Fingerprinting. (Presented by Representative LAVERRIERE-BOUCHER of Biddeford)

L.D. 1033, H.P. 750
An Act To Require the Maine State Housing Authority To Guarantee Security Deposits for Low-income Renters. (Presented by Representative LAVERRIERE-BOUCHER of Biddeford)

L.D. 1034, H.P. 751
An Act To Require Certain Agencies To Track Votes of Board and Commission Members. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1035, H.P. 752
An Act To Protect Reorganized Businesses. (Presented by Representative MOODY of Manchester)

L.D. 1036, H.P. 753
An Act To Clarify Curriculum Requirements for Gifted and Talented High School Students. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Baldwin)

L.D. 1037, H.P. 754
An Act Regarding District Attorneys' Staff. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1038, H.P. 755
Resolve, Directing the Maine State Retirement System To Study the Windfall Elimination Provision of the Social Security Program. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1039, H.P. 756
An Act Concerning Passamaquoddy Indian Territory in Washington County. (Presented by Representative MOORE of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1040, H.P. 757
An Act To Ensure an Equitable Allocation of Federal Sport Fish Restoration Funding between Saltwater and Freshwater Fisheries Projects. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1041, H.P. 758
An Act To Protect Schools That Are Completing Health and Safety Improvements from Losing Points as Part of Their Major Capital Project Applications. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1042, H.P. 759
An Act To Ensure Proper Funding of the Public Utilities Commission. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1043, H.P. 760
An Act To Provide Continued Access to Health Insurance for Small Business Employees. (Presented by Representative BREAULT of Buxton)

L.D. 1044, H.P. 761
An Act Regarding Taxation inside the Passamaquoddy Indian Territory. (Presented by Representative MOORE of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1045, H.P. 762
An Act To Require Major Substantive Rules To Govern the State Planning Office's Review of Municipal Comprehensive Plans and Growth Management Programs for Consistency. (Presented by Representative COLLINS of Wells)

L.D. 1046, H.P. 763
An Act To Expand Waiver of Tuition Payments to All Active Duty Military Personnel Who Are Maine Residents. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1047, H.P. 764
An Act To Ensure Communication about Public Complaints against State Employees. (Presented by Representative LAVERRIERE-BOUCHER of Biddeford)

L.D. 1048, H.P. 765
An Act To Implement 2 Recommendations of the Commission on Fatherhood Issues Related to Family Case Management Officers and Noncustodial Parent Outreach Programs. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1049, H.P. 766
An Act To Allow Women Recovering from Childbirth To Be Issued Temporary Handicapped Parking Permits. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 1050, H.P. 767
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Adding an Interchange for Access to the Lakes Region Area. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Baldwin)

L.D. 1051, H.P. 768
An Act To Expand the Mission of the Public Advocate. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1052, H.P. 769
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $5,800,000 To Adequately Fund the Applied Technology Development Centers in Order To Increase the Number of Research and Development Jobs and Companies in the State. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 1053, H.P. 770
An Act To Enhance Renewable Power. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 1054, H.P. 771
An Act To Require Continuing Education in the Cosmetology, Barbering, Aesthetics and Manicuring Fields. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

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