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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 12

Monday, March 31, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 21, 2003

Ch. 8 - An Act To Eliminate the Restriction on Municipal Investment of Trust Funds. (H.P. 221, L.D. 278)

Ch. 9 - An Act to Amend the Energy Resources Council Membership. (H.P. 193, L.D. 238)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 24, 2003

Ch. 10 - An Act to Ensure that Child Labor Laws Apply to Public Sector Employers. (S.P. 20, L.D. 34)

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Requirements for a Journeyman Oil Burner Technician License. (H.P. 184, L.D. 225)

Ch. 12 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Security Officer Qualifications. (H.P. 295, L.D. 375)

Ch. 13 - An Act To Clarify That the Application Process for the Homestead Property Tax Exemption Is a One-time Process. (H.P. 406, L.D. 521)

Ch. 14 - An Act to Amend the Maine Probate Code Regarding the Fee for a Copy of a Will Provided to a Beneficiary. (H.P. 125, L.D. 166)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Ch. 1 - An Act To Eliminate a Defunct Account in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 433, L.D. 570) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 2 - An Act To Provide Temporary Emergency Relief to Maine Dairy Farmers. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 202, L.D. 593) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 21, 2003

Ch. 3 - An Act to Authorize the Town of Medway to Sell Certain Land. (S.P. 62, L.D. 139)

Ch. 4 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Eastport Port Authority. (H.P. 95, L.D. 86)

(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 28, 2003

L.D. 1418, H.P. 1041
An Act To Make Changes in Maine's Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Bangor)

L.D. 1419, S.P. 467
An Act To Protect Campers by Making Personal Information Confidential. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1420, S.P. 470
An Act To Allow the Maine Turnpike Authority To Allow the Purchase of Nontoll Services by Electronic Toll Collection Patrons. (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1421, S.P. 471
An Act To Reduce Property Taxes. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1422, S.P. 472
An Act To Promote Student and Taxpayer Equity in the School Funding Formula. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1423, H.P. 1042
An Act To Facilitate the Implementation, Maintenance and Operation of the E-9-1-1 Emergency System. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1424, H.P. 1043
An Act Relating to the Award of Attorneys' Fees and Damages under the Maine Human Rights Act. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1425, H.P. 1044
An Act Relating to the Protection of Whistleblowers. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1426, H.P. 1045
An Act To Give Moose Permits to Members of the Wesget-Sipu Organization. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 1427, H.P. 1046
An Act To Require That Temporary Registration Plates Identify the Issuing Dealership. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 1428, H.P. 1047
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Establish Areas within Which Engine Brakes Are Prohibited. (Presented by Representative ROGERS of Brewer)

L.D. 1429, H.P. 1048
An Act To Authorize the Department of Audit To Perform Other Audits and Reviews. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1430, H.P. 1049
An Act To Improve Farmer Participation in the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 1431, H.P. 1050
An Act To Update the Requirements of Counties' and Municipalities' Audit Reports. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1432, H.P. 1051
An Act Regarding the Factors Used for General Purpose Aid in the Essential Programs and Services Model for "English as a 2nd Language" Students. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1433, H.P. 1052
An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2003-04. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Audit pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 1434, H.P. 1053
An Act To Ensure Basic Standards for Death Investigations by Law Enforcement Agencies. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1435, H.P. 1054
An Act To Clarify Immunity and Workers' Compensation for Search and Rescue Volunteers. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1436, S.P. 473
An Act To Clarify That an Individual Requestor of a State Bureau of Identification Record Check Must Pay a Fee. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1437, S.P. 474
An Act To Amend Marine Resources Special License Requirements for Educational Programs. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1438, S.P. 476
An Act To Require Disclosure of Benefit Offsets under Disability Insurance Policies. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1439, S.P. 477
An Act To Protect Young Drivers and Passengers. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 1440, S.P. 478
An Act To Establish the Commercial Fishing Safety Council. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1441, S.P. 479
An Act To Establish New License Fee Caps. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1442, S.P. 480
An Act To Provide Administrative Support to the Treasurer of State's Cash Pool. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1443, H.P. 1055
An Act To Clarify the Duties Relating to County Taxes and Remove Obsolete References to the Secretary of State. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1444, H.P. 1056
An Act To Facilitate E-9-1-1 for Multiline Telephone Systems. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1445, H.P. 1057
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Enter into a Boundary Line Agreement between the State of Maine Parking Garage at the Corner of Sewall and Capitol Streets and the Parcel East of the Garage Bounded by Chamberlain Street. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1446, H.P. 1058
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Estate Located in Ludlow, Maine. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1447, H.P. 1059
An Act To Improve Enforcement of the State's Natural Resource Protection, Timber Theft and Trespass Laws. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 1448, H.P. 1060
An Act To Clarify the Administration of State-municipal Revenue Sharing. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 1449, S.P. 481
An Act Regarding the State Police Command Staff. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1450, S.P. 482
An Act Regarding Railroad Police Training. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1451, S.P. 483
An Act To Manage the Sea Urchin Fishery. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1452, S.P. 484
An Act To Provide Incentives for Development and To Amend Traffic Movement Permit Standards. (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1453, S.P. 485
An Act To Allow for Immediate Unemployment Fact-finding Interviews for Able and Availability Issues. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1454, H.P. 1062
An Act To Clarify that the Unauthorized Sale of Public Records Is a Crime. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1455, H.P. 1063
An Act To Amend the Forester Law. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1456, H.P. 1064
An Act To Establish the Landowners and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1457, H.P. 1065
An Act To Make Technical Amendments to Truck Size and Weight Laws. (Presented by Representative COLLINS of Wells)

L.D. 1458, S.P. 486
An Act To Amend the Debt Management Services Laws. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1459, S.P. 487
An Act To Bring the State into Conformity with the National Organic Program. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1460, S.P. 488
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Senator STANLEY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1461, H.P. 1066
An Act To Improve Participation in the Farms for the Future Program. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1462, H.P. 1067
An Act To Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 2002 with the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1463, H.P. 1068
An Act To Amend Maine's Arborist Licensing Laws. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1464, H.P. 1069
Resolve, Amending the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services' Authorization To Convey a Portion of the Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta Pursuant to Resolve 1999, Chapter 56 and To Direct Proceeds from the Sale of the Maine State Prison Property in Thomaston. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1465, H.P. 1070
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Estate Located in Hallowell. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1466, H.P. 1071
An Act To Relocate the Prohibition of Use of State Government Computer Systems for Political Purposes to the Election Laws. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1467, H.P. 1072
An Act To Repeal the Provision of Law Requiring Permits for 53-foot Trailers. (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1468, H.P. 1073
An Act To Amend the Civil Service Law with Respect to Classified Employees Who Accept Appointment to the Unclassified Service. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1469, H.P. 1074
An Act To Raise the Fee Caps of the Board of Dental Examiners. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1470, H.P. 1075
An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1471, H.P. 1076
An Act To Correct Certain Errors and Inconsistencies in Laws Relating to Marine Resources. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

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@ legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not 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.