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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 22

Monday, June 9, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Ch. 328 - An Act Concerning Disability Retirement Benefits under the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 922, L.D. 1248)

Ch. 329 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining. (S.P. 413, L.D. 1282)

Ch. 330 - An Act To Provide "Any-deer" Permits to Permanently Disabled Nonambulatory Persons. (S.P. 265, L.D. 786)

Ch. 331 - An Act To Simplify the Requirements for Tagging, Registering and Transporting Harvested Animals. (S.P. 285, L.D. 806)

Ch. 332 - An Act Concerning Municipal Firearms Discharge Ordinances. (H.P. 781, L.D. 1063)

Ch. 333 - An Act To Encourage Hunting by Simplifying Hunting Laws. (H.P. 801, L.D. 1083)

Ch. 334 - An Act to Clarify the Definition of Livestock. (H.P. 140, L.D. 181)

Ch. 335 - An Act To Promote Consistent Protection of the State's Waters. (H.P. 200, L.D. 245)

Ch. 336 - An Act To Allow Smelt Fishing in Long Lake in Aroostook County. (H.P. 637, L.D. 860)

Ch. 337 - An Act To Amend the Maine "Lemon Law". (H.P. 664, L.D. 887)

Ch. 338 - An Act To Promote and Monitor Competition in the Solid Waste Industry. (S.P. 507, L.D. 1515)

Ch. 339 - An Act To Protect Maine Consumers from Hidden Fees and Charges. (H.P. 1084, L.D. 1479)

Ch. 340 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1113, L.D. 1520)

Ch. 341 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions Relating to a Permit To Carry Concealed Firearms To Be Consistent with Changes to the Statute Relating to Possession of Firearms by Prohibited Persons. (H.P. 1132, L.D. 1546)

Ch. 342 - An Act Regarding the Maine Military Authority and the Sale of the Fort Fairfield Armory. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 516, L.D. 1537)

Ch. 343 - An Act To Amend Maine's Arborist Licensing Laws. (H.P. 1068, L.D. 1463)

Ch. 344 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Marks. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1128, L.D. 1539)

Ch. 345 - An Act To Clarify the Timber Harvesting Notification Requirements. (S.P. 463, L.D. 1407)

Ch. 346 - An Act To Protect the Small Forest Landowners. (S.P. 500, L.D. 1500)

Ch. 347 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. (H.P. 1142, L.D. 1559)

Ch. 348 - An Act To Provide Group Health Insurance Coverage to Maine Citizens Eligible for Assistance Under the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 536, L.D. 1576) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 30, 2003

Ch. 349 - An Act to Expand Payment Options on Sales of Alcoholic Beverages by Licensees. (S.P. 151, L.D. 433)

Ch. 350 - An Act To Address Concerns Regarding the Breeding and Sale of Certain Small Mammals. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 902, L.D. 1228)

Ch. 351 - An Act To Provide Peer Support and Advocacy Services To Participants in the ASPIRE-TANF Program and the Parents as Scholars Program. (H.P. 655, L.D. 878)

Ch. 352 - An Act To Improve the Administration of the Baxter Compensation Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 263, L.D. 768)

Ch. 353 - An Act To Allow a Worker at a Beano Game To Play the Cards of a Player Who Takes a Restroom Break. (H.P. 775, L.D. 1057)

Ch. 354 - An Act To Ensure Timely Responses to Requests for School Administrative District Reapportionments. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 181, L.D. 541)

Ch. 355 - An Act To Clarify the Filing of Municipal Personal Property Tax Liens. (H.P. 965, L.D. 1311)

Ch. 356 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Franchise Law. (S.P. 425, L.D. 1294)

Ch. 357 - An Act Relating to the Protection of Whistleblowers. (H.P. 1044, L.D. 1425)

Ch. 358 - An Act To Provide the Office of the State Fire Marshal with Adequate Funding for Construction Plans Review. (H.P. 1028, L.D. 1401)

Ch. 359 - An Act To Facilitate the Implementation, Maintenance and Operation of the E-9-1-1 Emergency System. (H.P. 1042, L.D. 1423)

Ch. 360 - An Act Regarding the State Police Command Staff. (S.P. 481, L.D. 1449)

Ch. 361 - An Act To Make Minor Changes to the Required Law Enforcement Policies. (S.P. 532, L.D. 1573)

Ch. 362 - An Act To Authorize a Pilot Project To Allow Commercial Vehicles at Canadian Weight Limits Access to the Woodland Commercial Park in Baileyville. (H.P. 1147, L.D. 1565)

Ch. 363 - An Act To Provide Incentives for Development and To Amend Traffic Movement Permit Standards. (S.P. 484, L.D. 1452)

Ch. 364 - An Act To Amend the Forester Law. (H.P. 1063, L.D. 1455)

Ch. 365 - An Act To Clarify that the Unauthorized Sale of Public Records Is a Crime. (H.P. 1062, L.D. 1454)

Ch. 366 - An Act To Delay the Repeal of Laws Governing the State's Response to an Extreme Public Health Emergency. (S.P. 497, L.D. 1491)

Ch. 367 - An Act To Amend the Laws with Regard to Legislative Reports on Children's Mental Health Services. (H.P. 1082, L.D. 1477)

Ch. 368 - An Act To Change the Membership of the Review Team for Aversive Behavior Modifications and Safety Devices for Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (H.P. 1083, L.D. 1478)

Ch. 369 - An Act To Extend Licensing Periods for Agencies Providing Mental Health Services. (S.P. 494, L.D. 1488)

Ch. 370 - An Act To Ensure Basic Standards for Death Investigations by Law Enforcement Agencies. (H.P. 1053, L.D. 1434)

Ch. 371 - An Act To Amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws. (H.P. 1107, L.D. 1514)

Ch. 372 - An Act To Protect Plaintiffs and Minor Children in Certain Civil Protection Order Cases. (S.P. 527, L.D. 1568)

Ch. 373 - An Act To Expedite the Drilling of Private Drinking Water Wells. (S.P. 558, L.D. 1604)

Ch. 374 - An Act To Amend the Law Relating to Multiple-employer Welfare Arrangements. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 559, L.D. 1605)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 2, 2003

Ch. 375 - An Act to Require Disclosure of Retail Prescription Drug Prices. (H.P. 111, L.D. 102)

Ch. 376 - An Act To Amend the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 579, L.D. 780)

Ch. 377 - An Act To Clarify the Duties of Conservators. (H.P. 617, L.D. 840)

Ch. 378 - An Act Regarding the Duties of a Personal Representative. (H.P. 102, L.D. 93)

Ch. 379 - An Act to Ban Smoking in Beano and Bingo Halls. (H.P. 186, L.D. 227)

Ch. 380 - An Act To Assist Regional Transportation Providers To Comply with the Booster Seat Law. (H.P. 474, L.D. 644)

Ch. 381 - An Act To Change the Personnel Employed by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (H.P. 106, L.D. 97)

Ch. 382 - An Act To Improve the Operation of the Workers' Compensation Board. (H.P. 488, L.D. 658)

Ch. 383 - An Act Regarding Filing and Certification Fees. (H.P. 790, L.D. 1072)

Ch. 384 - An Act to Encourage the Use of Generic Drugs. (S.P. 111, L.D. 329)

Ch. 385 - An Act To Conform the Voting Members of Certain State Entities. (H.P. 1029, L.D. 1402)

Ch. 386 - An Act Concerning the Animal Health and Disease Control Laws. (S.P. 542, L.D. 1583)

Ch. 387 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Maine State Retirement System. (S.P. 501, L.D. 1501)

Ch. 388 - An Act To Change the Time Requirement for Mental Retardation Evaluations. (H.P. 1085, L.D. 1480)

Ch. 389 - An Act To Amend Laws Relating to Development of Service Plans for Persons with Mental Retardation. (H.P. 1166, L.D. 1593)

Ch. 390 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (S.P. 530, L.D. 1571)

Ch. 391 - An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1075, L.D. 1470)

Ch. 392 - An Act To Protect Critical Homeland Security Information and Information Technology Infrastructure and Systems. (S.P. 541, L.D. 1582)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 30, 2003

Ch. 21 - An Act to Elevate the Standards of Foster Parenting in the State. (H.P. 194, L.D. 239)

Ch. 22 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2003-04. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1052, L.D. 1433)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 2, 2003

Ch. 23 - An Act To Allocate a Portion of the Reed Act Distribution of 2002 To Use for the Administration of the Unemployment Insurance and Employment Services Programs. (S.P. 521, L.D. 1552)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Ch. 51 - Resolve, Authorizing the Transfer of Land from the State to Maine School Administrative District No. 16. (H.P. 1136, L.D. 1550)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 30, 2003

Ch. 52 - Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Care for Older Persons with Dementia and Certain Other Diseases. (H.P. 793, L.D. 1075)

Ch. 53 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Increase the Ground Lease Term at the Long Creek Youth Development Center from 50 to 90 Years. (H.P. 1034, L.D. 1412)

Ch. 54 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 120: Release of Information to the Public, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1118, L.D. 1527)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 2, 2003

Ch. 55 - Resolve, To Amend the 2-year Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Eligibility Rule Relative to Medicare Supplement Insurance Access. (S.P. 299, L.D. 903)

Ch. 56 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 7: Rules Advancing the Performance of Sound Student Safety Practices in Maine's Public Schools and Colleges, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, Board of Occupational Safety and Health. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1101, L.D. 1508)

(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, JUNE 6, 2003

L.D. 1627, H.P. 1206
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 14: Rules Governing Alternative Methods of Payment of Overtime for Certain Drivers and Drivers Helpers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1628, S.P. 583
Resolve, Concerning Reauthorization of a 1997 Pollution Control Bond Issue. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1629, H.P. 1209
RESOLUTION, Proposing a Competing Measure under the Constitution of Maine To Create Municipal Service Districts To Reduce the Cost of Local Government, To Provide Property Tax Relief and To Increase Economic Competitiveness. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative LEMOINE of Old Orchard Beach)

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.