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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 21

Monday, June 2, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Ch. 225 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Noncompete Clauses in Broadcast Industry Contracts. (H.P. 823, L.D. 1120)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Ch. 226 - An Act To Amend the Subdivision Laws. (H.P. 951, L.D. 1297)

Ch. 227 - An Act To List Agriculture as a Designated Use in Water Quality Standards. (S.P. 162, L.D. 443)

Ch. 228 - An Act To Establish the Lincoln and Sagadahoc Multicounty Jail Authority. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 405, L.D. 1199)

Ch. 229 - An Act To Amend the Lien Procedures for Time-share Estates. (H.P. 248, L.D. 305)

Ch. 230 - An Act To Ensure Communication about Public Complaints against State Employees. (H.P. 764, L.D. 1047)

Ch. 231 - An Act To Amend the Waste Management Laws Regarding the Spreading of Sludge on Land. (H.P. 147, L.D. 188)

Ch. 232 - An Act To Change Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Certain Cases. (H.P. 633, L.D. 856)

Ch. 233 - An Act To Enhance the Powers of Law Enforcement Officers Authorized To Make Out-of-county or Out-of-municipality Arrests. (H.P. 361, L.D. 469)

Ch. 234 - An Act To Clarify the Division of the Positions of Town Assessor and Selectman. (H.P. 900, L.D. 1226)

Ch. 235 - An Act To Ensure That Title Applications are Timely Delivered. (H.P. 233, L.D. 290)

Ch. 236 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Improvident Transfers of Title. (H.P. 947, L.D. 1275)

Ch. 237 - An Act To Provide Leadership in Addressing the Threat of Climate Change. (H.P. 622, L.D. 845)

Ch. 238 - An Act To Promote and Protect Private Enterprise. (S.P. 416, L.D. 1285)

Ch. 239 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Juvenile Restitution. (H.P. 904, L.D. 1230)

Ch. 240 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 907, L.D. 1233)

Ch. 241 - An Act To Amend the County Contingent Fund. (H.P. 324, L.D. 416)

Ch. 242 - An Act To Clarify Tax Appeal Procedures. (H.P. 343, L.D. 451)

Ch. 243 - An Act To Improve Access to the Victims' Compensation Fund. (H.P. 1103, L.D. 1510)

Ch. 244 - An Act To Revise the Standards for Reporting Public Sector Workplace Deaths and Serious Injuries. (S.P. 519, L.D. 1544)

Ch. 245 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1133, L.D. 1547)

Ch. 246 - An Act To Expedite the Removal of Overboard Discharge. (H.P. 1090, L.D. 1493)

Ch. 247 - An Act To Make Changes to the Laws Governing Aquaculture Leasing. (H.P. 1040, L.D. 1417)

Ch. 248 - An Act To Correct Certain Errors and Inconsistencies in Laws Relating to Marine Resources. (H.P. 1076, L.D. 1471)

Ch. 249 - An Act To Permit Special Purpose Reinsurance Vehicles. (S.P. 522, L.D. 1553)

Ch. 250 - An Act To Establish New License Fee Caps. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1441)

Ch. 251 - An Act To Amend the Licensing Requirements for Veterinarians. (H.P. 1098, L.D. 1505)

Ch. 252 - An Act To Increase the Licensing Fee Caps of the State Board of Optometry. (S.P. 469, L.D. 1411)

Ch. 253 - An Act To Repeal the Provision of Law Requiring Permits for 53-foot Trailers. (H.P. 1072, L.D. 1467)

Ch. 254 - An Act To Amend Provisions of the Submerged Lands Law. (H.P. 1123, L.D. 1531)

Ch. 255 - An Act To Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 2002 with the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1067, L.D. 1462)

Ch. 256 - An Act To Declare Maine Aviation and Aerospace Education Week. (H.P. 1173, L.D. 1599)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 23, 2003

Ch. 257 - An Act Regarding Riverine Impoundments. (H.P. 840, L.D. 1137)

Ch. 258 - An Act Imposing a Horsepower Restriction for Boat Motors on Pickerel Pond. (H.P. 32, L.D. 25)

Ch. 259 - An Act To Regulate the Landlord-tenant Relationship. (S.P. 451, L.D. 1381)

Ch. 260 - An Act To Create the Snowmobile Trail Fund Advisory Council. (H.P. 577, L.D. 778)

Ch. 261 - An Act Relating to Employees Whose Membership in the Maine State Retirement System is Optional. (S.P. 236, L.D. 672)

Ch. 262 - An Act Regarding the Sale and Protection of Ferrets. (H.P. 685, L.D. 928)

Ch. 263 - An Act To Provide Parity in Lending by State-chartered Financial Institutions. (S.P. 223, L.D. 614)

Ch. 264 - An Act To Include a Representative of Mental Health Providers on the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Data Organization. (H.P. 329, L.D. 421)

Ch. 265 - An Act To Allow Petitions for Protection of Rental Property and Tenants Based on Actions by Guests or Dangerous Pets. (S.P. 353, L.D. 1022)

Ch. 266 - An Act To Establish a Definition for Biodiesel Fuels. (S.P. 160, L.D. 441)

Ch. 267 - An Act To Authorize Water and Wastewater Districts To Lease Their Assets. (H.P. 926, L.D. 1252)

Ch. 268 - An Act to Strengthen the Governmental Ethics Laws. (H.P. 981, L.D. 1336)

Ch. 269 - An Act To Amend the Filing Requirements for Special Hide Dealers. (H.P. 779, L.D. 1061)

Ch. 270 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Qualification of Candidates. (S.P. 321, L.D. 980)

Ch. 271 - An Act To Establish Consistent Requirements for High School Course Credits and Diploma Eligibility. (S.P. 328, L.D. 987)

Ch. 272 - An Act To Ensure Proper Funding of the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 759, L.D. 1042)

Ch. 273 - An Act Pertaining to Former Members of the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 608, L.D. 831)

Ch. 274 - An Act To Restrict Excessive Late Rental Fees for Self-service Storage Facilities. (H.P. 905, L.D. 1231)

Ch. 275 - An Act To Protect Conservation Trust Funds. (S.P. 284, L.D. 805)

Ch. 276 - An Act Regarding Alewife Harvesting. (H.P. 115, L.D. 106)

Ch. 277 - An Act To Improve Boating in Maine. (S.P. 411, L.D. 1280)

Ch. 278 - An Act Concerning Representation of the State in Disclosure Hearings. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1031, L.D. 1404)

Ch. 279 - An Act Relating to the Award of Attorneys' Fees and Damages under the Maine Human Rights Act. (H.P. 1043, L.D. 1424)

Ch. 280 - An Act To Establish the Landowners and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board. (H.P. 1064, L.D. 1456)

Ch. 281 - An Act To Refine the Maine Rural Development Statutes. (S.P. 464, L.D. 1408)

Ch. 282 - An Act To Amend the Maine Pesticide Control Act of 1975 To Increase the Pesticide Product Registration Fee. (H.P. 1027, L.D. 1400)

Ch. 283 - An Act To Modify the Exemption for Compost under the Nutrient Management Law and the Nutrient Management Review Board's Authority To Hear Appeals. (S.P. 517, L.D. 1543)

Ch. 284 - An Act To Decriminalize Unlicensed Shellfish Digging. (H.P. 1038, L.D. 1415)

Ch. 285 - An Act To Raise the Fee Cap for Dentists. (H.P. 1074, L.D. 1469)

Ch. 286 - An Act To Protect Young Drivers and Passengers. (S.P. 477, L.D. 1439)

Ch. 287 - An Act To Change the Tax Laws as They Apply to Combat Troops. (S.P. 511, L.D. 1523)

Ch. 288 - An Act Regarding Eligibility under the Municipal Investment Trust Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 523, L.D. 1554) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 289 - An Act to Codify the House Legislative Districts as Apportioned by Public Law 2003, Chapter 44. (H.P. 1184, L.D. 1610)

Ch. 290 - An Act To Ensure Equity for Active Retired Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court Who Perform Judicial Service. (H.P. 1156, L.D. 1584)

Ch. 291 - An Act to Codify the County Commissioner Districts as Apportioned by Public Law 2003, Chapter 43. (H.P. 1183, L.D. 1609)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Ch. 292 - An Act To Exclude Inclined Stairway Chairlifts from the Definition of Elevator. (H.P. 917, L.D. 1243)

Ch. 293 - An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Concerning the Types of Transportation Vehicle Used To Transport Children. (H.P. 739, L.D. 1018)

Ch. 294 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Pertaining to the Surcharge for Records Preservation for the Registry of Deeds. (S.P. 107, L.D. 325)

Ch. 295 - An Act To Protect Lienholders of Titled Vehicles. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 780, L.D. 1062)

Ch. 296 - An Act To Clarify When Notice is Effective to Terminate a Tenancy at Will. (H.P. 729, L.D. 1008)

Ch. 297 - An Act To Provide Requirements for Towns To Deorganize. (S.P. 421, L.D. 1290)

Ch. 298 - An Act To Ensure Segregation of Spoiled, Defective and Void Ballots. (S.P. 322, L.D. 981)

Ch. 299 - An Act To Include Alternates as Regular Jurors. (H.P. 854, L.D. 1155)

Ch. 300 - An Act To Reimburse the State Poet Laureate and To Provide Access to the State Poet Laureate's Services. (H.P. 93, L.D. 84)

Ch. 301 - An Act To Require the Installation of Dental Amalgam Separator Systems in Dental Offices. (H.P. 514, L.D. 697)

Ch. 302 - An Act To Standardize Reporting Requirements for State Party Committees' Expenditures and Contributions. (H.P. 489, L.D. 659)

Ch. 303 - An Act To Update the Abandoned Property Laws. (S.P. 297, L.D. 901)

Ch. 304 - An Act To Clarify the Status of Regulated Water Utility Plumbing Permits. (S.P. 348, L.D. 1004)

Ch. 305 - An Act To Expand the Definition of "Juvenile Crime" To Include the Offenses of Possession and Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol by a Minor and Transportation of Illegal Drugs by a Minor. (H.P. 661, L.D. 884)

Ch. 306 - An Act To Protect Health Care Workers Who Report Medical Errors. (H.P. 526, L.D. 720)

Ch. 307 - An Act to Amend the Law Relating to Annuities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 121, L.D. 342)

Ch. 308 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Minimum Lot Size. (H.P. 512, L.D. 695)

Ch. 309 - An Act To Encourage Agricultural Cooperative Associations To Provide Group Health Plans. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 381, L.D. 492)

Ch. 310 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of the Attorney General To Seek Restitution and To Require the Superintendent of Insurance To Investigate Certain Insurance Practices. (S.P. 438, L.D. 1347)

Ch. 311 - An Act To Allow the Maine Turnpike Authority To Allow the Purchase of Nontoll Services by Electronic Toll Collection Patrons. (S.P. 470, L.D. 1420)

Ch. 312 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Junkyards, Automobile Graveyards and Automobile Recycling Businesses. (H.P. 1002, L.D. 1367)

Ch. 313 - An Act To Extend Public Record Requirements of Nongroup Health Insurance Rate Filings to All Health Insurance Rate Filings. (H.P. 776, L.D. 1058)

Ch. 314 - An Act Relating to Portable Classrooms for Certain Cases. (H.P. 619, L.D. 842)

Ch. 315 - An Act To Promote Alternatives in Group Self-insurance. (H.P. 629, L.D. 852)

Ch. 316 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the State House and Capitol Park Commission Regarding a Living Memorial in Capitol Park. (H.P. 373, L.D. 484)

Ch. 317 - An Act To Reclassify Certain Waters of the State. (H.P. 1121, L.D. 1529)

Ch. 318 - An Act Concerning Storm Water Management. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 529, L.D. 1570)

Ch. 319 - An Act To Create the Scallop Advisory Council and the Scallop Research Fund. (H.P. 1039, L.D. 1416)

Ch. 320 - An Act To Clarify Maine Law Relating to Viatical Settlements. (H.P. 1035, L.D. 1413)

Ch. 321 - An Act To Require Disclosure of Benefit Offsets under Disability Insurance Policies. (S.P. 476, L.D. 1438)

Ch. 322 - An Act To Amend the Maine Banking Laws. (S.P. 512, L.D. 1534)

Ch. 323 - An Act To Clarify the Appointment of Coguardians and Coconservators under the Probate Code. (H.P. 1127, L.D. 1538)

Ch. 324 - An Act To Authorize Certain Former Members of the Maine State Retirement System To Rejoin the Maine State Retirement System. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 514, L.D. 1535)

Ch. 325 - An Act Regarding School Bus Contracts. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1146, L.D. 1564)

Ch. 326 - An Act To Make Filling Out-of-State Prescriptions for Schedule II Drugs More Convenient. (H.P. 1151, L.D. 1578)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Ch. 327 - An Act to Control Internet "Spam". (H.P. 210, L.D. 255)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Ch. 33 - An Act To Suspend Driving Privileges of Drivers Who Were Cited Twice Within One Year for Driving To Endanger. (S.P. 243, L.D. 705)

Ch. 34 - Resolve, Directing the Community Preservation Advisory Committee To Study the State Planning Office's Review of Municipal Comprehensive Plans and Growth Management Programs. (H.P. 762, L.D. 1045)

Ch. 35 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Health Data Organization To Evaluate the Current System of Annual Assessments and User Fees. (H.P. 417, L.D. 532)

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Requiring the Maine Human Rights Commission To Report on Complaints Involving Supervisors. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 408, L.D. 523)

Ch. 37 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Recognize the Distinction between Water Storage Reservoirs and Natural Lakes. (H.P. 777, L.D. 1059)

Ch. 38 - Resolve, Requiring That Temporary Registration Plates Identify the Issuing Dealership. (H.P. 1046, L.D. 1427)

Ch. 39 - Resolve, To Update Water Quality Criteria. (S.P. 491, L.D. 1485)

Ch. 40 - Resolve, To Establish a Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1112, L.D. 1519) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 23, 2003

Ch. 41 - Resolve, Requiring the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Adopt Rules Regarding Care and Treatment of Elephants. (S.P. 109, L.D. 327)

Ch. 42 - Resolve, Requiring the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Implement the Recommendations of the Maine Inland Fisheries Management Program 2002 Review. (H.P. 57, L.D. 49)

Ch. 43 - Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Veterans' Services To Provide Assistance To Obtain Information Regarding Maine Members of the United States Armed Forces Presumed Lost or Deceased. (H.P. 786, L.D. 1068)

Ch. 44 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Allow a Well and Waterline Easement. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 122, L.D. 346)

Ch. 45 - Resolve, Relating to Renewable Resources. (H.P. 966, L.D. 1312)

Ch. 46 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 306: Information Disclosure Rule Amendment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1091, L.D. 1494)

Ch. 47 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 1: Community Industrial Building Program, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Rural Development Authority. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1143, L.D. 1560)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Ch. 48 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Labor To Review the 2002 United States Environmental Protection Agency List of Pesticides Registered and Classified as Known, Likely or Probable Human Carcinogens. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 158, L.D. 199)

Ch. 49 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review for the Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters. (S.P. 305, L.D. 909)

Ch. 50 - Resolve, To Encourage Use of Alternative Energy Sources. (S.P. 388, L.D. 1184)

(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 30, 2003

L.D. 1625, S.P. 579
An Act To Provide Affordable Loans for Higher Education. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1626, H.P. 1205
Resolve, To Authorize the State To Purchase a Landfill in the City of Old Town. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

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.