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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 16

Monday, April 28, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Ch. 45 - An Act To Require Review of Utility Rates Prior to Approval of Alternative Rate Plans. (H.P. 291, L.D. 371)

Ch. 46 - An Act To Repeal the Forest Products Antitrust Exemption. (H.P. 487, L.D. 657)

Ch. 47 - An Act To Increase the Value of Real and Personal Property Exempt from Attachment. (H.P. 202, L.D. 247)

Ch. 48 - An Act To Eliminate Potential Restrictions to the Establishment of an Alternative Form of Regulation for Some Telephone Utilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 575, L.D. 776)

Ch. 49 - An Act To Enhance Consumer Protections in Relation to Certain Mortgages. (H.P. 383, L.D. 494)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 18, 2003

Ch. 50 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $60,000,000 for Municipal Facilities and for Investments in Research, Development, Farming and Affordable Housing in Order To Sustain and Improve Maine's Economy. (H.P. 1148, L.D. 1566) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 51 - 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 Years Ending June 30, 2003, June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1150, L.D. 1574) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 52 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Extension of Benefits for Partial Incapacity Under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (H.P. 17, L.D. 10)

Ch. 53 - An Act to Amend the Child Labor Laws. (H.P. 13, L.D. 6)

Ch. 54 - An Act To Encourage Dog Tracking of Wounded Big Game Animals. (H.P. 352, L.D. 460)

Ch. 55 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Registers of Deeds. (S.P. 325, L.D. 984)

Ch. 56 - An Act To Establish the Maine Week of Heroes. (H.P. 369, L.D. 477)

Ch. 57 - An Act To Improve the Method of Reapportionment of School Boards. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 412, L.D. 527)

Ch. 58 - An Act To Provide Employees Fair Access to Personnel Files. (H.P. 319, L.D. 411)

Ch. 59 - An Act To Improve the Health and Safety of Young Workers. (H.P. 129, L.D. 170)

Ch. 60 - An Act To Expand the Mission of the Marine Patrol. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 458, L.D. 1388)

Ch. 61 - An Act To Allow Experimentation in the Cultivation of Industrial Hemp. (H.P. 61, L.D. 53)

Ch. 62 - An Act to Rename the Town of Westport. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 23, L.D. 37)

Ch. 63 - An Act To Set the Minimum Legal Shell Size for Scallops. (H.P. 90, L.D. 81)

Ch. 64 - An Act to Protect the Privacy of Maine Nurses. (S.P. 22, L.D. 36)

Ch. 65 - An Act To Require That Mental Health Workers with LCPC Licenses Are Recognized as Licensed Professionals for Purposes of Insurance Reimbursement. (H.P. 426, L.D. 563)

Ch. 66 - An Act To Clarify the Standard for Review of Preconviction Bail. (H.P. 535, L.D. 729)

Ch. 67 - An Act To Honor Purple Heart Award Recipients. (H.P. 330, L.D. 422)

Ch. 68 - An Act Regarding the Sale of Hard Cider. (H.P. 455, L.D. 625)

Ch. 69 - An Act Regarding the Sampling of Products. (S.P. 45, L.D. 122)

Ch. 70 - An Act Restricting Telemarketers from Blocking Their Telephone Numbers When Making Solicitation Calls. (S.P. 113, L.D. 331)

Ch. 71 - An Act To Strengthen the Animal Control Laws. (H.P. 280, L.D. 360)

Ch. 72 - An Act To Suspend Property Tax Abatement Appeals When the Taxpayer Fails To Pay Taxes. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 191, L.D. 551)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Ch. 5 - An Act To Revise the Boundary between the Town of Harrison and the Town of Bridgton. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 272, L.D. 793)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 18, 2003

Ch. 6 - An Act to Establish the Administrative Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2004. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 18, L.D. 11)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Ch. 5 - Resolve, Regarding the Reduction of Barriers to the Transmission of Electricity. (S.P. 332, L.D. 668)

(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.)

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.