weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 18

Monday, May 12, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 2, 2003

Ch. 91 - An Act to Amend the Liquor Law as it Pertains to Special Taste-testing Festival Licenses. (H.P. 62, L.D. 54)

Ch. 92 - An Act to Enhance School Zone Safety. (H.P. 19, L.D. 12)

Ch. 93 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Workers' Compensation Board Administrative Fund. (H.P. 16, L.D. 9)

Ch. 94 - An Act To Require Continuing Education for Professional Engineers. (S.P. 320, L.D. 979)

Ch. 95 - An Act To Require Disclosure of the Amount and Duration of Unemployment Benefits to Recipients. (H.P. 711, L.D. 954)

Ch. 96 - An Act To Allow Recipients To Withdraw from Receiving Unemployment Benefits by Phone and at Any Time before Receiving Benefits. (H.P. 712, L.D. 955)

Ch. 97 - An Act To Enhance Enforcement of Safety Zone Laws. (H.P. 614, L.D. 837)

Ch. 98 - An Act To Educate Consumers Regarding Voluntary Repossession. (S.P. 300, L.D. 904)

Ch. 99 - An Act To Establish a Transportation Assistance Pilot Program. (S.P. 116, L.D. 334)

Ch. 100 - An Act To Provide Parity in Lending by State-chartered Lenders. (H.P. 234, L.D. 291)

Ch. 101 - An Act To Promote Affordable Telephone Service for Business and Residential Customers in Rural Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 99, L.D. 265)

Ch. 102 - An Act To Change the Definition of Family or Household Members for Purposes of Criminal Statutes. (S.P. 386, L.D. 1182)

Ch. 103 - An Act To Amend the Maine State Grant Program. (H.P. 950, L.D. 1296)

Ch. 104 - An Act To Amend Marine Resources Special License Requirements for Educational Programs. (S.P. 474, L.D. 1437)

Ch. 105 - An Act To Clarify the Duties Relating to County Taxes and Remove Obsolete References to the Secretary of State. (H.P. 1055, L.D. 1443)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Ch. 106 - An Act To Allow a Court To Order the Cancellation of a Life Insurance Policy as Part of a Protection from Abuse Proceeding. (H.P. 317, L.D. 409)

Ch. 107 - An Act To Change the Membership of the Plumbers' Examining Board To Include a Local Plumbing Inspector. (H.P. 499, L.D. 682)

Ch. 108 - An Act To Improve the Process of Credentialling Health Care Providers. (H.P. 331, L.D. 423)

Ch. 109 - An Act Regarding Mortuary Trusts. (S.P. 240, L.D. 676)

Ch. 110 - An Act To Prohibit Absolute Discretion Clauses in Health Carrier Contracts. (H.P. 259, L.D. 316)

Ch. 111 - An Act To Allow the Maine Turnpike Authority To Benefit from Advantageous Interest Rates. (S.P. 213, L.D. 604)

Ch. 112 - An Act To Update the Process for the Allocation of the State Ceiling on Tax-exempt Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 465, L.D. 1409) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 2, 2003

Ch. 9 - An Act To Create the Bayside Utilities District. (H.P. 886, L.D. 1212)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Ch. 10 - An Act to Address Funding of the North Jay Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 14, L.D. 7)

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Location of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. (H.P. 576, L.D. 777)

Ch. 12 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2004. (H.P. 852, L.D. 1153)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Ch. 7 - Resolve, Authorizing Municipalities To Consolidate Voting Districts for Special Elections on Bond Issues Held in 2003. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 539, L.D. 1581)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 2, 2003

Ch. 8 - Resolve, To Allow Certain State Employees To Be Voting Board Members of Project SHARE. (H.P. 603, L.D. 826)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Ch. 9 - Resolve, Regarding State Designation of Memorials Honoring the Underground Railroad. (S.P. 75, L.D. 152)

(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 9, 2003

L.D. 1596, H.P. 1171
An Act Regarding Sinks in Eating Establishments. (Presented by Representative McGOWAN of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1597, S.P. 551
An Act To Implement Federal Requirements in Child Protection Matters. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1598, H.P. 1172
An Act To Ensure Access to Intelligence and Investigative Information. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1599, H.P. 1173
An Act To Declare Maine Aviation and Aerospace Education Week. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Joint Order 2003, H.P. 1159.)

L.D. 1600, S.P. 553
An Act To Recodify the Laws Governing Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order 2003, S.P. 440.)

L.D. 1601, S.P. 554
An Act To Authorize the Superintendent of Insurance To Establish a Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1602, H.P. 1175
An Act To Revise and Amend Certain Public Health Laws. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1603, H.P. 1177
Resolve, Authorizing Michaela Corbin-Bumford To Sue the State. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2003, H.P. 1155.)

L.D. 1604, S.P. 558
An Act To Expedite the Drilling of Private Drinking Water Wells. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1605, S.P. 559
An Act To Amend the Law Relating to Multiple-employer Welfare Arrangements. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 1606, S.P. 560
An Act To Amend the Adult Protective Services Act. (Presented by Senator PENDLETON of Cumberland)

L.D. 1607, H.P. 1181
An Act To Implement Regulatory Reforms and To Address Staffing Issues in Long-term Care Facilities. (Presented by Speaker COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 1608, H.P. 1182
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Baileyville Utilities District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1609, H.P. 1183
An Act To Codify the County Commissioner Districts as Apportioned by Public Law 2003, Chapter 43. (Submitted by the Apportionment Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 65.)

L.D. 1610, H.P. 1184
An Act To Codify the House Legislative Districts As Apportioned by Public Law 2003, chapter 44. (Submitted by the Apportionment Commission pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part First, Section 3.)

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.