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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 20

Monday, May 26, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Ch. 138 - An Act to Protect Against Unlawful Sexual Touching. (H.P. 528, L.D. 722)

Ch. 139 - An Act To Promote and Advance Wild Ring-necked Pheasant Propagation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 652, L.D. 875)

Ch. 140 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws Pertaining to Mufflers. (H.P. 596, L.D. 819)

Ch. 141 - An Act To Allow Consumer-owned Utilities To Purchase Power at Negotiated Wholesale Rates, Terms and Conditions. (H.P. 747, L.D. 1030)

Ch. 142 - An Act To Enhance Juvenile Rehabilitation. (S.P. 397, L.D. 1192)

Ch. 143 - An Act To Amend the Maine Criminal Code as Recommended by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 741, L.D. 1020)

Ch. 144 - An Act To Amend Motor Vehicle Frame Height Laws. (H.P. 595, L.D. 818)

Ch. 145 - An Act Regarding Mandated Reporters and Child Abuse. (S.P. 370, L.D. 1098)

Ch. 146 - An Act To Clarify Inspection Standards Related to Vehicle Wheel Size. (H.P. 543, L.D. 737)

Ch. 147 - An Act To Amend the Standard Water District Enabling Act. (S.P. 283, L.D. 804)

Ch. 148 - An Act To Implement the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers. (H.P. 934, L.D. 1262)

Ch. 149 - An Act To Clarify and Improve the Fairness of the Law of Trustee Process. (H.P. 449, L.D. 586)

Ch. 150 - An Act To Develop a Plan for Cathode Ray Tube Disposal. (H.P. 549, L.D. 743)

Ch. 151 - An Act Regarding Energy Efficiency Standards. (H.P. 975, L.D. 1321)

Ch. 152 - An Act Pertaining to Trustee Services for the Maine Turnpike Authority. (S.P. 302, L.D. 906)

Ch. 153 - An Act To Clarify That All Companies Offering Telephone Services for Compensation, Including Switchless Resellers, Are Telephone Utilities. (H.P. 574, L.D. 775)

Ch. 154 - An Act To Clarify Sentencing for Persons Convicted of Class D and Class E Crimes Involving Domestic Violence. (H.P. 938, L.D. 1266)

Ch. 155 - An Act Relating to Existing Life-care Communities Licensed by the Superintendent of Insurance. (S.P. 275, L.D. 796)

Ch. 156 - An Act To Protect Employees if Their Employer Fails To Pay Premiums for Employer-sponsored Health Insurance. (S.P. 301, L.D. 905)

Ch. 157 - An Act To Create Equality in Medicare Supplement Insurance Policies. (S.P. 298, L.D. 902)

Ch. 158 - An Act To Criminalize Noncompliance with an Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. (S.P. 354, L.D. 1023)

Ch. 159 - An Act Concerning the Provision of Information and Services to Businesses and Workers in Response to Certain Events. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 675, L.D. 918)

Ch. 160 - An Act To Amend the Membership of the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 857, L.D. 1160)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Ch. 161 - An Act To Establish a Right of Entry for Surveyors Performing Surveying Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 988, L.D. 1342)

Ch. 162 - An Act To Allow District Attorneys To Approve Immunity Requests. (H.P. 1026, L.D. 1399)

Ch. 163 - An Act To Allow for Immediate Unemployment Fact-finding Interviews for Able and Availability Issues. (S.P. 485, L.D. 1453)

Ch. 164 - An Act To Improve Timeliness of Unemployment Trust Fund Deposits. (H.P. 1081, L.D. 1476)

Ch. 165 - An Act To Amend a Requirement Concerning Dioxin. (H.P. 1030, L.D. 1403)

Ch. 166 - An Act To Make Technical Amendments to Truck Size and Weight Laws. (H.P. 1065, L.D. 1457)

Ch. 167 - An Act To Improve Participation in the Farms for the Future Program. (H.P. 1066, L.D. 1461)

Ch. 168 - An Act To Improve Farmer Participation in the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund. (H.P. 1049, L.D. 1430)

Ch. 169 - An Act To Create a Marine Harvesting Demonstration License. (S.P. 459, L.D. 1389)

Ch. 170 - An Act Concerning the Renewal of Commercial Harvester and Dealer Licenses. (S.P. 457, L.D. 1387)

Ch. 171 - An Act To Update and Clarify the Law Regarding the Conversion of a Nonprofit Hospital and Medical Service Organization to a Domestic Stock Insurer. (S.P. 496, L.D. 1490)

Ch. 172 - An Act To Amend the Debt Management Services Laws. (S.P. 486, L.D. 1458)

Ch. 173 - An Act To Clarify Provisions Governing Corporate-owned Life Insurance Policies. (H.P. 1086, L.D. 1481)

Ch. 174 - An Act To Clarify the Administration of State-municipal Revenue Sharing. (H.P. 1060, L.D. 1448)

Ch. 175 - An Act To Modify Water Well Reporting Requirements. (H.P. 1025, L.D. 1398)

Ch. 176 - An Act To Relocate the Prohibition of Use of State Government Computer Systems for Political Purposes to the Election Laws. (H.P. 1071, L.D. 1466)

Ch. 177 - An Act To Amend the Civil Service Law with Respect to Classified Employees Who Accept Appointment to the Unclassified Service. (H.P. 1073, L.D. 1468)

Ch. 178 - An Act To Update the Requirements of Counties' and Municipalities' Audit Reports. (H.P. 1050, L.D. 1431)

Ch. 179 - An Act To Encourage Economic Development in Piscataquis County. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 445, L.D. 1357)

Ch. 180 - An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code. (H.P. 1093, L.D. 1496)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 16, 2003

Ch. 181 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Home Instruction. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 83, L.D. 160)

Ch. 182 - An Act To Allow a Judge To Assess a Fee on a Defendant To Reimburse a Municipality for a Drug Test. (S.P. 311, L.D. 970)

Ch. 183 - An Act Relating to Motorcycles and Driver Education. (S.P. 289, L.D. 894)

Ch. 184 - An Act Concerning the Processing Time for Substitute and Regular School Employee Fingerprinting. (H.P. 749, L.D. 1032)

Ch. 185 - An Act to Aid Law Enforcement in Complying with Maine's Freedom of Access Laws. (H.P. 204, L.D. 249)

Ch. 186 - An Act To Increase Requirements for Notification of Release to Victims of Stalkers. (H.P. 898, L.D. 1224)

Ch. 187 - An Act To Increase Access to Higher Education. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 108, L.D. 326)

Ch. 188 - An Act To Limit the Transfer of Handguns to Minors. (S.P. 141, L.D. 404)

Ch. 189 - An Act Relating to ATV Registration. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 279, L.D. 359)

Ch. 190 - An Act To Clarify That the Maine Juvenile Code Does Not Preclude Sharing Information with School Administrators for Purposes of School Safety. (S.P. 145, L.D. 427)

Ch. 191 - An Act to Allow Members of the Maine Public Drinking Water Commission to Serve More than 2 Consecutive Terms. (S.P. 70, L.D. 147)

Ch. 192 - An Act To Clarify How Consumers Acquire Information about In-pack Sweepstakes, Contests and Games. (H.P. 301, L.D. 381)

Ch. 193 - An Act Regarding the Suspension of Licenses for Failure To Pay a Fine. (H.P. 518, L.D. 701)

Ch. 194 - An Act To Provide Parity in Funding for Enhanced 9-1-1 Services. (H.P. 570, L.D. 771)

Ch. 195 - An Act To Amend the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 914, L.D. 1240)

Ch. 196 - An Act To Conform to Federal Standards Maine's Law Regarding Strip Searches of Persons in Custody. (H.P. 1115, L.D. 1524)

Ch. 197 - An Act To Raise the Threshold under the Fair Minimum Wage Rate on Construction Projects Law. (H.P. 1125, L.D. 1532)

Ch. 198 - An Act To Separate the Office of Tourism from the Office of Community Development. (H.P. 1033, L.D. 1406)

Ch. 199 - An Act Regarding Railroad Police Training. (S.P. 482, L.D. 1450)

Ch. 200 - An Act To Manage the Sea Urchin Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 483, L.D. 1451)

Ch. 201 - An Act To Update and Amend the Revised Maine Securities Act. (S.P. 495, L.D. 1489)

Ch. 202 - An Act To Clarify the Exclusion of Assumed Reinsurance from Policy Claims Priority. (H.P. 1095, L.D. 1502)

Ch. 203 - An Act To Establish Fee Caps under the Maine Insurance Code. (S.P. 510, L.D. 1522)

Ch. 204 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to Statutes Regarding Regulatory Boards and Registrations. (H.P. 1099, L.D. 1506)

Ch. 205 - An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Department of Corrections. (H.P. 1094, L.D. 1497)

Ch. 206 - An Act To Allow Judges' Faxed Signatures in Involuntary Psychiatric Commitment Proceedings. (S.P. 493, L.D. 1487)

Ch. 207 - An Act To Permit Electronic Notification of Rulemaking for Interested Parties. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1120, L.D. 1528) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 19, 2003

Ch. 208 - An Act To Allow the Transfer of Spirits within Existing Businesses. (H.P. 342, L.D. 450)

Ch. 209 - An Act to Require Flashing Lights for Private Snow Plows. (H.P. 156, L.D. 197)

Ch. 210 - An Act To Require Church Officials To Report Suspected Abuse. (H.P. 252, L.D. 309)

Ch. 211 - An Act To Allow Licensure of Graduates of Social Work Programs That Are in Candidacy for Accreditation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 849, L.D. 1146)

Ch. 212 - An Act To Change the Process of Enforcement of a Municipality's Obligations to a School Administrative District. (H.P. 435, L.D. 572)

Ch. 213 - An Act Concerning the Issuance of a Temporary Liquor License. (H.P. 358, L.D. 466)

Ch. 214 - An Act To Allow a Retiree Eligible for State-paid Health Insurance Coverage To Decline Coverage and Reenroll at a Later Date. (S.P. 408, L.D. 1277)

Ch. 215 - An Act To Ensure Comprehensive Cancer Control in Maine. (S.P. 314, L.D. 973)

Ch. 216 - An Act Concerning the Financial Obligations of a Parent Involved in a Crime against a Child of That Parent. (H.P. 646, L.D. 869)

Ch. 217 - An Act To Strengthen Delivery of Electricity Conservation Programs. (S.P. 90, L.D. 231)

Ch. 218 - An Act Concerning Health Insurance Reimbursement and Contracting Practices. (S.P. 292, L.D. 897)

Ch. 219 - An Act To Encourage Energy Efficiency and Security. (S.P. 128, L.D. 352)

Ch. 220 - An Act To Bring the State into Conformity with the National Organic Program. (S.P. 487, L.D. 1459)

Ch. 221 - An Act To Reduce Mercury Use in Measuring Devices and Switches. (H.P. 856, L.D. 1159)

Ch. 222 - An Act To Allow the Early Submission of an Application To Become Licensed as a Motor Vehicle Inspector. (H.P. 1102, L.D. 1509)

Ch. 223 - An Act To Ensure Fairness Regarding Use of Consumer Credit Reports in Insurance Underwriting. (H.P. 362, L.D. 470)

Ch. 224 - An Act To Increase the Collection of Child Support. (H.P. 459, L.D. 629)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Ch. 16 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Madawaska Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 308, L.D. 967)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Ch. 17 - An Act To Provide for the 2003 and 2004 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 428, L.D. 1326)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 16, 2003

Ch. 18 - An Act To Release the Records of the Attorney General and the Maine State Police Regarding the Investigation, Prosecution and Trial of Dennis Dechaine. (S.P. 369, L.D. 1097)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 19, 2003

Ch. 19 - An Act To Revise the Charter of the Brunswick Sewer District. (H.P. 485, L.D. 655)

Ch. 20 - An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes by School Administrative District No. 71. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1193, L.D. 1615)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Ch. 15 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Labor To Publish Annually Economic and Workforce Information Concerning the Canadian Maritime Provinces. (H.P. 554, L.D. 748)

Ch. 16 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Convey Land to Baron and Janet Wormser. (H.P. 794, L.D. 1076)

Ch. 17 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services To Conduct a Study Regarding a Registry of Direct Care Workers Working with Persons with Mental Retardation. (H.P. 104, L.D. 95)

Ch. 18 - Resolve, Directing the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council To Examine Available Funding for Local Historical Societies. (H.P. 787, L.D. 1069)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Ch. 19 - Resolve, To Rename the Paddy Hill Road in Medford the Clyde Hichborn Road. (S.P. 431, L.D. 1329)

Ch. 20 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 2: Aquaculture Lease Regulations, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Marine Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1023, L.D. 1396)

Ch. 21 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 840, Private Purchasing Alliances, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1016, L.D. 1386)

Ch. 22 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 311: Eligible Resource Portfolio Requirements Rule Amendment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1092, L.D. 1495)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 16, 2003

Ch. 23 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Public Safety To Study the Emergency Medical Services System. (H.P. 783, L.D. 1065)

Ch. 24 - Resolve, To Enhance Services to Children and Families. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 421, L.D. 558)

Ch. 25 - Resolve, Directing the Family Law Advisory Commission To Study and Report on the Uniform Parentage Act and Similar Laws and Proposals. (H.P. 642, L.D. 865)

Ch. 26 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 15: Batterer Intervention Program Certification, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1117, L.D. 1526)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 19, 2003

Ch. 27 - Resolve, To Establish a System for Electronic Filing of Death Certificates. (S.P. 291, L.D. 896)

Ch. 28 - Resolve, Regarding Fire Safety Issues in Head Start Preschool Programs Located in Public Schools. (H.P. 808, L.D. 1105)

Ch. 29 - Resolve, To Lower the Costs of Prescription Drugs through the Use of the Federal Public Health Service Act. (S.P. 249, L.D. 711)

Ch. 30 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 488, L.D. 1460)

Ch. 31 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Release the State's Interests in an Easement Benefiting the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. (H.P. 1012, L.D. 1377)

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Enter into a Boundary Line Agreement between the State of Maine Parking Garage at the Corner of Sewall and Capitol Streets and the Parcel East of the Garage Bounded by Chamberlain Street. (H.P. 1057, L.D. 1445)

(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 23, 2003

L.D. 1618, H.P. 1197
An Act To Clarify the Employment Status of Court Reporters, Stenographers and Videographers. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 1619, H.P. 1198
An Act To Provide Equitable Treatment to State Employees. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1620, H.P. 1199
An Act to Amend the Charter of the New Portland Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McGLOCKLIN of Embden)

L.D. 1621, S.P. 572
An Act To Amend the Structure of the Office of Advocacy. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1622, H.P. 1200
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Prisoner Participation in Public Works Projects. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Joint Order 2003, H.P. 1111.)

L.D. 1623, S.P. 575
An Act To Implement School Funding Based on Essential Programs and Services. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1624, H.P. 1201
An Act To Authorize the Deorganization of the Town of Centerville. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

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.