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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 17

Monday, May 5, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 25, 2003

Ch. 73 - An Act To Improve the Coyote Control Program. (H.P. 192, L.D. 237)

Ch. 74 - An Act To Promote Clarity Regarding Death Certificates. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 127, L.D. 351)

Ch. 75 - An Act Concerning the Status of the Maine County Commissioners' Association and the Maine Sheriffs' Association as County Advisory Organizations. (H.P. 461, L.D. 631)

Ch. 76 - An Act to Extend the Jurisdiction of the Maine Labor Relations Board to Employees of Public Higher Education Institutions Who Have Been Employed Less than Six Months. (H.P. 76, L.D. 68)

Ch. 77 - An Act To Allow a Municipality To Dispose of Unclaimed Bicycles by Means in Addition to Public Auction. (H.P. 127, L.D. 168)

Ch. 78 - An Act To Allow Fire and Emergency Medical Services Response Vehicles To Display One Blue Light at the Rear of the Vehicle. (H.P. 356, L.D. 464)

Ch. 79 - An Act To Allow Free Clinics To Purchase Medications and Supplies through State Contracts. (H.P. 54, L.D. 46)

Ch. 80 - An Act To Clarify the Responsibilities of Contract Law Enforcement Officers. (S.P. 290, L.D. 895)

Ch. 81 - An Act To Clarify Campaign Finance Penalty Provisions. (H.P. 346, L.D. 454)

Ch. 82 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Reports to the State Auditor. (S.P. 115, L.D. 333)

Ch. 83 - An Act To Improve State Accounting Procedures. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 215, L.D. 606)

Ch. 84 - An Act To Expand the Powers and Authority of Case Management Officers in the Family Division. (H.P. 547, L.D. 741)

Ch. 85 - An Act To Amend the Home Construction Contracts Laws. (H.P. 230, L.D. 287)

Ch. 86 - An Act To Increase Civil Process Fees. (S.P. 136, L.D. 399)

Ch. 87 - An Act Regarding Bail and Fines. (H.P. 615, L.D. 838)

Ch. 88 - An Act To Provide Expedited Access to Testing for an Individual Exposed to Body Fluids in the Course of Employment. (H.P. 404, L.D. 519)

Ch. 89 - An Act To Allow Dealers of Manufactured Housing To Install Oil Tanks. (S.P. 133, L.D. 396)

Ch. 90 - An Act To Establish the Commercial Fishing Safety Council. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 478, L.D. 1440)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 25, 2003

Ch. 7 - An Act To Increase the Debt Limit of the Rockland Port District. (H.P. 451, L.D. 621)

Ch. 8 - 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) (S.P. 535, L.D. 1575) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 25, 2003

Ch. 6 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 130: Implementation of the State Purchasing Code of Conduct for Suppliers of Apparel, Footwear and Textiles, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 26, L.D. 19)

(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, MAY 2, 2003

L.D. 1582, S.P. 541
An Act To Protect Critical Homeland Security Information. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1583, S.P. 542
An Act Concerning the Animal Health and Disease Control Laws. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1584, H.P. 1156
An Act To Ensure Equity for Active Retired Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court Who Perform Judicial Service. (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 1585, H.P. 1157
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Rules for the Audio Recording of Planned Interviews of Children, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1586, H.P. 1158
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter 111, Section 97: Private Non-Medical Institutions and Appendices B, C, D, E and F, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1587, H.P. 1160
An Act Regarding Distribution of Tobacco Products. (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1588, H.P. 1161
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter 11 and Chapter 111, Section 40, Home Health Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Medical Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1589, H.P. 1162
An Act To Change Certain Educational Requirements and Make Title Changes for Licensed Social Workers. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1590, S.P. 545
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1591, S.P. 546
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $13,300,000 To Address Health, Safety and Compliance Deficiencies in the University of Maine System; To Expedite the Creation of a Community College System; To Make Improvements to State Parks; To Make Cultural Improvements; and To Modernize the State Court System. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1592, H.P. 1165
An Act To Amend the Department of Corrections' Laws Pertaining to Juvenile Offenders. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1593, H.P. 1166
An Act To Amend Laws Relating to Development of Service Plans for Persons with Mental Retardation. (Presented by Representative WALCOTT of Lewiston)

L.D. 1594, S.P. 547
An Act Repealing the Charter of the Brewer Water District. (Presented by Senator YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1595, H.P. 1169
An Act To Enhance Electric Utility Consumer Protections. (Presented by Speaker COLWELL of Gardiner)

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.