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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 15

Monday, April 21, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 11, 2003

Ch. 33 - An Act to Clarify the Laws Relating to Public Water Systems. (S.P. 56, L.D. 133)

Ch. 34 - An Act To Exempt a Person Who Performs Work on Certain Vessels from the Laws Governing Professional Engineers. (S.P. 339, L.D. 995)

Ch. 35 - An Act to Extend the Time to Pay a Premium to the Insured. (H.P. 9, L.D. 2)

Ch. 36 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Regarding a Credit Union's Conversion of Its Field of Membership. (H.P. 130, L.D. 171)

Ch. 37 - An Act To Make Transportation More Affordable for Low-income Families. (H.P. 357, L.D. 465)

Ch. 38 - An Act to Reduce Workers' Compensation Costs for Self-insured Public Utilities. (H.P. 72, L.D. 64)

Ch. 39 - An Act Regarding Case Management Officers. (H.P. 537, L.D. 731)

Ch. 40 - 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) (H.P. 978, L.D. 1324) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 41 - An Act To Make Additional Allocations From the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1014, L.D. 1379) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Ch. 42 - An Act Regarding the Enforcement Powers of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 31, L.D. 79)

Ch. 43 - An Act To Reapportion the County Commissioner Districts. (H.P. 1140, L.D. 1557)

Ch. 44 - An Act To Reapportion the House Legislative Districts. (H.P. 1138, L.D. 1555)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Ch. 3 - Resolve, Regarding State Designation of Memorials Honoring Maine's Vietnam War Veterans. (H.P. 277, L.D. 357)

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Requiring the Department of Transportation To Consider Replacement of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 58, L.D. 50)

(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 18, 2003

L.D. 1558, H.P. 1141
Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1559, H.P. 1142
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1560, H.P. 1143
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 1: Community Industrial Building Program, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Rural Development Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Rural Development Authority pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1561, S.P. 524
An Act To Clarify the InforME Public Information Access Act. (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1562, S.P. 525
An Act To Change the Name of the Augusta Mental Health Institute to "Riverview Psychiatric Center". (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1563, H.P. 1145
An Act Regarding Standard Contracts for Assisted Living Services. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1564, H.P. 1146
An Act Regarding School Bus Contracts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1565, H.P. 1147
An Act To Authorize a Pilot Project To Allow Commercial Vehicles at Canadian Weight Limits Access to the Woodland Commercial Park in Baileyville. (Presented by Representative USHER of Westbrook)

L.D. 1566, H.P. 1148
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $70,000,000 for Municipal Facilities and for Investments in Research, Development, Farming and Affordable Housing in Order To Sustain and Improve Maine's Economy. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1567, H.P. 1149
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the MCJUSTIS Policy Board Concerning the Drafting of Crimes and Civil Violations Pursuant to Resolve 1997, Chapter 105, as Amended. (Submitted by the MCJUSTIS Board pursuant to Resolve 2001, chapter 45.)

L.D. 1568, S.P. 527
An Act To Protect Plaintiffs and Minor Children in Certain Civil Protection Order Cases. (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1569, S.P. 528
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $16,800,000 To Construct and Upgrade Water Pollution Control Facilities, To Remediate Solid Waste Landfills, To Clean Up Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites and To Make Drinking Water System Improvements. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1570, S.P. 529
An Act Concerning Storm Water Management. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1571, S.P. 530
An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Senator STANLEY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1572, S.P. 531
An Act To Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount of $75,000,000 for Improvements to Highways; Bridges; Airports; State-owned Ferry Vessels; Ferry and Port Facilities; Port and Harbor Structures; Development of Rail Corridors; Improvements to Railroad Structures and Intermodal Facilities; Investment in Public Transportation Fleet and Public Park and Ride and Service Facilities; and Statewide Trail and Pedestrian Improvements. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1573, S.P. 532
An Act To Make Minor Changes to the Required Law Enforcement Policies. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1574, H.P. 1150
An Act To Make Additional Supplemental Appropriations and 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 Year Ending June 30, 2003. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BRANNIGAN of Portland)

L.D. 1575, S.P. 535
An Act To Assist Brascan, the Successor to Great Northern Paper, in Paying the Property Taxes Due to the Towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator STANLEY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1576, S.P. 536
An Act To Provide Group Health Insurance Coverage to Maine Citizens Eligible for Assistance Under the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1577, S.P. 538
An Act To Amend and Improve the Education Laws. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1578, H.P. 1151
An Act To Make Filling Out-of-State Prescriptions for Schedule II Drugs More Convenient. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BRUNO of Raymond)

L.D. 1579, H.P. 1152
An Act To Promote the Financial Security of Maine's Families and Children. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1580, H.P. 1153
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 113: Rules and Regulations Governing the Licensing and Functioning of Assisted House Programs, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Elder and Adult Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1581, S.P. 539
Resolve, Authorizing Municipalities To Consolidate Voting Districts for Special Elections on Bond Issues Held in 2003. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2003, S.P. 526.)

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.