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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 10

Monday, March 17, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Ch. 4 - An Act to Change the Membership of the Board of Trustees of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. (H.P. 15, L.D. 8)

(Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 106, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2003

L.D. 1262, H.P. 934
An Act To Implement the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1263, H.P. 935
Resolve, To Promote Construction of Off-road Bike and Walking Paths along the Busiest Commuting Corridors of the State. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1264, H.P. 936
An Act To Require Notice of Deficient Care Provided in Long-term Care Facilities. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1265, H.P. 937
An Act To Allow a Judge to Grant Visitation Rights to a Parent of a Child in Foster Care. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Orono)

L.D. 1266, H.P. 938
An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. (Presented by Speaker COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 1267, H.P. 939
An Act To Raise the Revenues of Agency Liquor Stores by 5% from the Sale of Liquor. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Medway)

L.D. 1268, H.P. 940
An Act To Ensure Fairness in Elections. (Presented by Representative KETTERER of Madison)

L.D. 1269, H.P. 941
An Act To Support Maine's Educational Needs through a Public Education Partnership. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1270, H.P. 942
An Act To Increase the Viability of the Dairy Farming Industry. (Presented by Representative TWOMEY of Biddeford)

L.D. 1271, H.P. 943
Resolve, To Prohibit the Discharge of Certain Wastewater into Casco Bay. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1272, H.P. 944
An Act To Specify the Political Party of Contributors of Qualifying Contributions and To Require a Candidate Funded under the Maine Clean Election Act To Receive a Certain Level of Support in Order To Receive Public Funding in the Future. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 1273, H.P. 945
An Act To Extend Term Limits. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1274, H.P. 946
An Act To Promote Maine's Brewing Industry. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1275, H.P. 947
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Improvident Transfers of Title. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1276, H.P. 948
An Act To Amend the Sand Dune Laws. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1277, S.P. 408
An Act To Allow a Retiree Eligible for State-paid Health Insurance Coverage To Decline Coverage and Reenroll at a Later Date. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1278, S.P. 409
An Act To Amend the Maine Health Security Act as It Relates to the Reporting of Registered Nurses by Health Care Providers. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1279, S.P. 410
Resolve, Related to Aquaculture Leases in Blue Hill Bay. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1280, S.P. 411
An Act To Improve Boating in Maine. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1281, S.P. 412
An Act to Allow Shipment of Wine By Mail. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1282, S.P. 413
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1283, S.P. 414
An Act To Allow County Candidates To Run as Clean Election Candidates. (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1284, S.P. 415
An Act To Extend Term Limits from 8 Years to 14 Years. (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1285, S.P. 416
An Act To Promote and Protect Private Enterprise. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1286, S.P. 417
An Act Regarding the Operation of Vending Services in Public Buildings. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1287, S.P. 418
An Act To Amend the Life Safety Requirements for Residential Care Facilities. (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1288, S.P. 419
An Act To Increase Public Access to the Prior Authorization Process. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1289, S.P. 420
An Act Concerning County Treasurers. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1290, S.P. 421
An Act To Provide Requirements for Towns To Deorganize. (Presented by Senator KNEELAND of Aroostook)

L.D. 1291, S.P. 422
An Act To Establish a System of Advocacy and Oversight To Benefit Persons with Mental Retardation and Autism. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1292, S.P. 423
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $20,000,000 for Capital Projects and Major Maintenance at State and Municipal Parks and Historic Sites, for Acquiring Land for Coastal and Inland Waterway Access and for Capitalizing a Revolving Loan Fund for Land Trusts and Municipalities To Acquire Land and Conservation Easements for Public Access. (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1293, S.P. 424
An Act To Improve the Fairness of the Health Care Provider Tax and To Ensure Fair Implementation of Health Care Reimbursement Reforms. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1294, S.P. 425
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Franchise Law. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1295, S.P. 426
An Act To Enact the Uniform Mediation Act. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1296, H.P. 950
An Act To Amend the Maine State Grant Program. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Orono)

L.D. 1297, H.P. 951
An Act To Amend the Subdivision Laws. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1298, H.P. 952
An Act To Penalize a Person Who is Habitually Late Making Child Support Payments. (Presented by Representative McNEIL of Rockland)

L.D. 1299, H.P. 953
An Act To Fully Fund Local Education with Sales Tax Revenues. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1300, H.P. 954
An Act Regarding the Presence of a Candidate at a Polling Place on Election Day. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1301, H.P. 955
Resolve, To Establish the Maine Public Health Commission. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1302, H.P. 956
An Act To Expand Access to Higher Education. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 1303, H.P. 957
An Act To Provide for Full State Funding for Special Education Costs. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1304, H.P. 958
An Act To Provide a Municipal Process for an Initiative To Impose a Property Tax Cap. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1305, H.P. 959
An Act To Require Water Tests Prior to the Sale of Homes. (Presented by Representative MOORE of Standish)

L.D. 1306, H.P. 960
An Act Relating to the Use and Disposal of Personal Information by Certain Commercial, Governmental and Other Entities. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 1307, H.P. 961
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Create the Maine Economic Stabilization and Endowment Fund. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1308, H.P. 962
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Restrict the Appearance of Referenda on Ballots at General Elections. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 1309, H.P. 963
An Act To Protect Public Health by Reducing Human Exposure to Arsenic. (Presented by Representative COWGER of Hallowell)

L.D. 1310, H.P. 964
An Act To Improve the Clean Election Option for Gubernatorial Candidates. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1311, H.P. 965
An Act To Clarify the Filing of Municipal Personal Property Tax Liens. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1312, H.P. 966
An Act To Ensure and Encourage the Generation of Electricity from Renewable Resources. (Presented by Speaker COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 1313, H.P. 967
An Act To Permit a Limited Local Option Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 1314, H.P. 968
An Act To Establish Accountability in Out-of-home Abuse and Neglect Investigations. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1315, H.P. 969
An Act To Change the Retirement Eligibility Qualifications for Certain Military Firefighters and Police Officers. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 1316, H.P. 970
An Act To Establish Medical Gas and Vacuum System Installer Certification. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1317, H.P. 971
An Act To Strengthen Maine's "Do Not Call" List. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1318, H.P. 972
An Act To Provide Collective Bargaining Rights to Certain Forest Products Workers. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 1319, H.P. 973
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BRANNIGAN of Portland)

L.D. 1320, H.P. 974
An Act To Extend Tax Increment Financing Zones To Include the Development of Large-scale Affordable Housing. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1321, H.P. 975
An Act Regarding Energy Efficiency Standards. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1322, H.P. 976
An Act To Make Supplemental Highway Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1323, H.P. 977
An Act To Adopt an Interstate Compact for Juveniles on Probation and Parole. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1324, H.P. 978
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Highway Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1325, S.P. 427
An Act To Encourage and Support Maine Owner-operated Small Businesses. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1326, S.P. 428
An Act To Provide for the 2003 and 2004 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1327, S.P. 429
Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Determine Why Young People Are Leaving Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1328, S.P. 430
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding County Government. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1329, S.P. 431
Resolve, To Rename the Patty Hill Road in Medford the Clyde Hichborn Road. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1330, S.P. 432
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide Property Tax Relief for Maine Seniors. (Presented by Senator BLAIS of Kennebec)

L.D. 1331, S.P. 433
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Allow Real Estate To Be Valued Differently Based on the Residence of the Owner. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1332, S.P. 434
An Act To Recognize the Maine Rural Development Council. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1333, S.P. 435
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Provide Property Tax Relief through a Local Option Sales Tax. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1334, H.P. 979
An Act To Require That Replacement Automobile Lights Conform to Federal Standards. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1335, H.P. 980
An Act To Protect Public School Departments, School Committees and Superintendents from Certain Suits and Claims. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1336, H.P. 981
An Act to Strengthen the Governmental Ethics Laws. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1337, H.P. 982
An Act To Stabilize the Maine Dairy Industry, Protect Consumers against Price Gouging on Milk and Eliminate the BETR/TIF Double Dip. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Cornville)

L.D. 1338, H.P. 983
An Act To Reform the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1339, H.P. 984
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Campaign Finance. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1340, H.P. 985
An Act To Amend the Educators for Maine Program. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1341, H.P. 987
Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services To Adopt Rules To Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Home Health Agencies. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1342, H.P. 988
An Act To Establish a Right of Entry for Surveyors Performing Surveying Services. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1343, H.P. 989
Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study Parity and Portability of Retirement Benefits for State Law Enforcement Officers, Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1344, H.P. 990
An Act To Give Teachers a Greater Voice in School Improvement. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 1345, S.P. 436
An Act To Make Minor Technical Changes to the Maine Biomedical Research Program. (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1346, S.P. 437
An Act To Protect Workers from Secondhand Smoke and To Promote Worker Safety. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1347, S.P. 438
An Act To Clarify the Authority of the Attorney General To Seek Restitution and To Require the Superintendent of Insurance To Investigate Certain Insurance Practices. (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1348, S.P. 439
An Act To Require Candidates Who Are Not Maine Clean Election Act Candidates To Report All Sources of Funding. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1349, H.P. 991
An Act Concerning Recognition of Qualified Political Parties. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1350, H.P. 992
An Act To Assist Seasonal Workers with Workers' Compensation. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 1351, H.P. 993
An Act Regarding the Labeling of Returnable Containers. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1352, H.P. 994
An Act To Amend the Benefit for Accidental Death in the Line of Duty for Law Enforcement Officers. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1353, H.P. 995
An Act To Ensure Women's Health Care Coverage for All Maine Women. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1354, H.P. 996
An Act To Permit Video Gaming for Money Conducted by Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 1355, S.P. 443
An Act To Increase State Funding for Renovation, Repair and Replacement of Schools for Local Communities by Limiting the State's Debt Limit for New School Construction. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1356, S.P. 444
An Act To Provide Fair Hearing Procedures in the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1357, S.P. 445
An Act To Encourage Economic Development in Piscataquis County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1358, S.P. 446
Resolve, To Reestablish the Commission To Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1359, S.P. 447
An Act To Establish the Locally Governed Water District Act. (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

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