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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 13

Monday, April 7, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 27, 2003

Ch. 15 - An Act to Amend the Maine Bail Code as Recommended by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 183, L.D. 224)

Ch. 16 - An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code as Recommended by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 182, L.D. 223)

Ch. 17 - An Act To Modify Certain Criminal Appeal Statutes in View of the New Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure. (H.P. 216, L.D. 273)

Ch. 18 - An Act To Specify Information Required in a Divorce Decree. (H.P. 542, L.D. 736)

Ch. 19 - An Act Concerning Full-time Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers. (S.P. 74, L.D. 151)

Ch. 20 - 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) (H.P. 973, L.D. 1319) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 31, 2003

Ch. 21 - An Act to Create the Maine Youth Conservation Wildlife Management Area. (H.P. 33, L.D. 26)

Ch. 22 - An Act to Enhance Integration of Transportation and Land Use Planning. (H.P. 355, L.D. 463)

Ch. 23 - An Act to Reenact Standards for Road Construction for Forest Management Activities. (H.P. 262, L.D. 319)

Ch. 24 - An Act To Repeal the Crime of Plundering at Fires as Larceny. (H.P. 534, L.D. 728)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Ch. 25 - An Act To Improve the Safety of Public Roads. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 434, L.D. 571)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 27, 2003

Ch. 1 - Resolve, To Name the Washington County Portion of US Rt. 9 the Tony Tammaro Memorial Highway. (H.P. 371, L.D. 482)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 31, 2003

Ch. 2 - Resolve, to Designate the Interstate 95 From Augusta to Houlton as the Purple Heart Highway. (H.P. 21, L.D. 14)

(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, APRIL 4, 2003

L.D. 1472, H.P. 1077
An Act To Protect Maine's Water as a Natural Resource. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1473, H.P. 1078
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Easements. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1474, H.P. 1079
An Act Concerning Public Boat Launch Sites. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1475, H.P. 1080
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing School Bus Headlights. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1476, H.P. 1081
An Act To Improve Timeliness of Unemployment Trust Fund Deposits. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 1477, H.P. 1082
An Act To Amend the Laws with Regard to Legislative Reports on Children's Mental Health Services. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1478, H.P. 1083
An Act To Change the Membership of the Review Team for Aversive Behavior Modifications for Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1479, H.P. 1084
An Act To Protect Maine Consumers from Hidden Fees and Charges. (Presented by Representative BRANNIGAN of Portland)

L.D. 1480, H.P. 1085
An Act To Change the Time Requirement for Mental Retardation Evaluations. (Presented by Representative WALCOTT of Lewiston)

L.D. 1481, H.P. 1086
An Act To Clarify Provisions Governing Corporate-owned Life Insurance Policies. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 1482, H.P. 1087
An Act To Revise Certain Provisions of Maine's Fish and Wildlife Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 1483, H.P. 1088
An Act To Improve the Ability of the Public Utilities Commission To Enforce State Laws, Rules and Requirements. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1484, S.P. 490
An Act To Amend the School Construction Program. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1485, S.P. 491
An Act To Update Water Quality Criteria. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1486, S.P. 492
An Act To Comply with Federal Election Laws Including the Help America Vote Act of 2002. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1487, S.P. 493
An Act To Allow Judges' Faxed Signatures in Involuntary Psychiatric Commitment Proceedings. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1488, S.P. 494
An Act To Extend Licensing Periods for Agencies Providing Mental Health Services. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1489, S.P. 495
An Act To Update and Amend the Revised Maine Securities Act. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1490, S.P. 496
An Act To Update and Clarify the Law Regarding the Conversion of a Nonprofit Hospital and Medical Service Organization to a Domestic Stock Insurer. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1491, S.P. 497
An Act To Delay the Repeal of Laws Governing the State's Response to an Extreme Public Health Emergency. (Presented by Senator PENDLETON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1492, H.P. 1089
An Act To Promote the Production and Use of Fuels Derived from Agricultural and Forest Products. (Presented by Representative SUSLOVIC of Portland)

L.D. 1493, H.P. 1090
An Act To Expedite the Removal of Overboard Discharge. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1494, H.P. 1091
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 306: Information Disclosure Rule Amendment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1495, H.P. 1092
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 311: Eligible Resource Portfolio Requirements Rule Amendment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1496, H.P. 1093
An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1497, H.P. 1094
An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Department of Corrections. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1498, S.P. 498
An Act To Improve Access by the Department of Corrections to Federal Funds under Title IV-E of the federal Social Security Act. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1499, S.P. 499
An Act To Require the Department of Transportation to Resume Maintenance of Clark's Cove Road. (Presented by Senator HALL of Lincoln)

L.D. 1500, S.P. 500
An Act To Protect the Small Forest Landowners. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1501, S.P. 501
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Senator EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1502, H.P. 1095
An Act To Clarify the Exclusion of Assumed Reinsurance from Policy Claims Priority. (Presented by Representative YOUNG of Limestone)

L.D. 1503, H.P. 1096
An Act To Limit the Size of Motorboat Engines Used on Paradise Pond. (Presented by Representative EARLE of Damariscotta)

L.D. 1504, H.P. 1097
An Act To Clarify the Work Center Purchases Committee Requirements for Work Centers and Competitive Bidding. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1505, H.P. 1098
An Act To Amend the Licensing Requirements for Veterinarians. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1506, H.P. 1099
An Act To Make Technical Changes to Statutes Regarding Regulatory Boards and Registrations. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1507, H.P. 1100
An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1508, H.P. 1101
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 7: Rules Advancing the Performance of Sound Student Safety Practices in Maine's Public Schools and Colleges, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1509, H.P. 1102
An Act To Allow the Early Submission of an Application To Become Licensed as a Motor Vehicle Inspector. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Orono)

L.D. 1510, H.P. 1103
An Act To Improve Access to the Victims' Compensation Fund. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1511, H.P. 1104
An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Laws Concerning Tobacco Manufacturers. (Presented by Representative NORBERT of Portland)

L.D. 1512, H.P. 1105
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell Up to 15 Acres of Land and Other Interests of the State at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, in South Portland. (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1513, H.P. 1106
An Act To Update the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1514, H.P. 1107
An Act To Amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 1515, S.P. 507
An Act To Promote and Monitor Competition in the Solid Waste Industry. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1516, S.P. 508
An Act To Prevent Certain Deliveries of Tobacco Products. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1517, H.P. 1109
An Act To Make Necessary Technical Changes Relating to the Maine Business Corporation Act and the Maine Professional Service Corporation Act. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Public Law 2001, chapter 640, Part B, section 6.)

L.D. 1518, H.P. 1110
An Act To Improve Harvest Standards for Lands Purchased and Harvested within an 8-year Period. (Presented by Representative McKEE of Wayne)

L.D. 1519, H.P. 1112
Resolve, To Establish a Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (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.