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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 23

Monday, June 16, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Ch. 393 - An Act To Protect Public Safety Using DNA Data of Juvenile Violent Offenders. (H.P. 300, L.D. 380)

Ch. 394 - An Act To Honor the Intent of Organ Donors. (H.P. 212, L.D. 257)

Ch. 395 - An Act To Preserve the Integrity of the Voting Process. (H.P. 334, L.D. 426)

Ch. 396 - An Act To Penalize a Person Who is Habitually Late Making Child Support Payments. (H.P. 952, L.D. 1298)

Ch. 397 - An Act Authorizing the Operation of Low-speed Vehicles on Certain Roads. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 313, L.D. 393)

Ch. 398 - An Act To Amend the Life Safety Requirements for Residential Care Facilities. (S.P. 418, L.D. 1287)

Ch. 399 - An Act To Improve Out-of-home Abuse and Neglect Investigations. (H.P. 968, L.D. 1314)

Ch. 400 - An Act to Increase Courthouse Security. (S.P. 110, L.D. 328)

Ch. 401 - An Act Relating to Harness Racing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 521, L.D. 704)

Ch. 402 - An Act To Ensure Access to Intelligence and Investigative Information. (H.P. 1172, L.D. 1598)

Ch. 403 - An Act To Revise Certain Provisions of Maine's Fish and Wildlife Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1087, L.D. 1482)

Ch. 404 - An Act To Update the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (H.P. 1106, L.D. 1513)

Ch. 405 - An Act To Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (S.P. 520, L.D. 1545)

Ch. 406 - An Act To Clarify the InforME Public Information Access Act. (S.P. 524, L.D. 1561)

Ch. 407 - An Act To Comply with Federal Election Laws Including the Help America Vote Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 492, L.D. 1486)

Ch. 408 - An Act To Implement Federal Requirements in Child Protection Matters. (S.P. 551, L.D. 1597)

Ch. 409 - An Act To Protect Campers by Making Personal Information Confidential. (S.P. 467, L.D. 1419)

Ch. 410 - An Act To Amend the Department of Corrections' Laws Pertaining to Juvenile Offenders. (H.P. 1165, L.D. 1592)

Ch. 411 - An Act To Effectively Separate Children's Homes from Adult Residential Care Facilities Regarding Fire Safety. (H.P. 1131, L.D. 1542)

Ch. 412 - An Act To Enhance Electric Utility Consumer Protections. (H.P. 1169, L.D. 1595)

Ch. 413 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Prisoner Participation in Public Works Projects. (H.P. 1200, L.D. 1622)

Ch. 414 - An Act To Recodify the Laws Governing Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (S.P. 553, L.D. 1600)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Ch. 415 - An Act To Create a Uniform Approach to the Determination of Child Support When Parents Provide Substantially Equal Care for Children. (H.P. 189, L.D. 234)

Ch. 416 - An Act To Implement Regulatory Reforms and To Address Staffing Issues in Long-term Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1181, L.D. 1607)

Ch. 417 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council. (S.P. 371, L.D. 1099)

Ch. 418 - An Act to Ensure Patient Access to Medical Records. (H.P. 283, L.D. 363)

Ch. 419 - An Act To Improve Complaint Resolution and Hearing Procedures in the Department of Human Services. (S.P. 444, L.D. 1356)

Ch. 420 - An Act to Amend the Membership of the Propane and Natural Gas Board. (S.P. 49, L.D. 126)

Ch. 421 - An Act To Revise and Amend Certain Public Health Laws. (H.P. 1175, L.D. 1602)

Ch. 422 - An Act To Promote Stewardship of Forest Resources. (H.P. 1194, L.D. 1616) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 423 - An Act To Provide Equitable Treatment to State Employees. (H.P. 1198, L.D. 1619) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 5, 2003

Ch. 424 - An Act To Prohibit the Use of Workers' Compensation Trust Funds for Political Contributions. (S.P. 315, L.D. 974)

Ch. 425 - An Act To Increase the Assessment on Workers' Compensation Insurance To Fund the Workers' Compensation Board Administrative Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 21, L.D. 35)

Ch. 426 - An Act To Establish a Municipal Affordable Housing Development District Tax Increment Financing Program. (H.P. 635, L.D. 858)

Ch. 427 - An Act To Amend the Educators for Maine Program. (H.P. 985, L.D. 1340)

Ch. 428 - An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws and Rules Related to Health Care. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1100, L.D. 1507)

Ch. 429 - An Act To Change Certain Educational Requirements and Make Title Changes for Licensed Social Workers. (H.P. 1162, L.D. 1589)

Ch. 430 - An Act To Require Full Disclosure of Prescription Drug Marketing Costs. (H.P. 209, L.D. 254)

Ch. 431 - An Act to Allow Certain Women Recovering from Childbirth To Be Issued Temporary Handicapped Parking Permits. (H.P. 766, L.D. 1049)

Ch. 432 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Wage and Benefit Records of Persons Working on Public Works Projects. (H.P. 281, L.D. 361)

Ch. 433 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Medical Certification of the Cause of Death and the Medical Examiner Act and To Create the Maine Elder Death Analysis Review Team. (H.P. 885, L.D. 1211)

Ch. 434 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 545, L.D. 1590)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 6, 2003

Ch. 435 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Laws Concerning Tobacco Manufacturers. (H.P. 1104, L.D. 1511)

Ch. 436 - An Act To Enact the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amendments of 1996 and 2001. (S.P. 327, L.D. 986)

Ch. 437 - An Act To Protect Maine Families When Workplace Fatalities Occur. (H.P. 368, L.D. 476)

Ch. 438 - An Act To Protect Health Care Practitioners Responding to Public Health Threats. (H.P. 623, L.D. 846)

Ch. 439 - An Act Regarding Distribution of Tobacco Products. (H.P. 1160, L.D. 1587)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 9, 2003

Ch. 440 - An Act To Redefine "Muzzle-loading Firearm" and Expand the Muzzleloader Hunting Season. (H.P. 867, L.D. 1170)

Ch. 441 - An Act To Ensure the Safety of Children Touring Incinerator Facilities. (H.P. 510, L.D. 693)

Ch. 442 - An Act Regarding Wrongful Discharge. (H.P. 820, L.D. 1117)

Ch. 443 - An Act To Improve the Procedure for Locating Runaway Children. (H.P. 713, L.D. 956)

Ch. 444 - An Act To Regulate the Delivery and Sales of Tobacco Products and To Prevent the Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors. (H.P. 910, L.D. 1236)

Ch. 445 - An Act To Retain Teachers Holding Targeted Need Area Certificates, Conditional Certificates or Transitional Endorsements. (H.P. 714, L.D. 957)

Ch. 446 - An Act To Amend the Membership of the Plumbers' Examining Board. (S.P. 248, L.D. 710)

Ch. 447 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (H.P. 1134, L.D. 1548)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Ch. 448 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of Independent Expenditures Under the Election Laws. (S.P. 402, L.D. 1196)

Ch. 449 - An Act To Preserve the Role of Assisted Living. (S.P. 403, L.D. 1197)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Ch. 24 - An Act to Keep Foster Children Safe and Healthy. (H.P. 63, L.D. 55)

Ch. 25 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Baileyville Utilities District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1182, L.D. 1608)

Ch. 26 - An Act Repealing the Charter of the Brewer Water District. (S.P. 547, L.D. 1594)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Ch. 27 - An Act To Suspend Rules of the Board of Dental Examiners Regarding Permission for Public Health Supervision Status. (S.P. 460, L.D. 1390)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 5, 2003

Ch. 28 - An Act to Amend the Charter of the New Portland Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1199, L.D. 1620)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Ch. 57 - Resolve, to Expand the Choices of People Seeking Mental Health Therapy Under the MaineCare Program. (H.P. 66, L.D. 58)

Ch. 58 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Develop Guidelines for Requiring Handwashing Sinks in Certain Convenience Stores. (H.P. 1171, L.D. 1596)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, Conveying The State's Interest in a Parcel of Property Located in Orrington. (H.P. 1130, L.D. 1541)

Ch. 60 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1122, L.D. 1530)

Ch. 61 - 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) (H.P. 1158, L.D. 1586)

Ch. 62 - 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) (H.P. 1157, L.D. 1585)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Ch. 63 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation To Provide Access to a Toll-free Telephone Number. (S.P. 39, L.D. 116)

Ch. 64 - Resolve, To Increase Public Access to the Prior Authorization Process. (S.P. 419, L.D. 1288)

Ch. 65 - Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (H.P. 1141, L.D. 1558)

Ch. 66 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 113: Rules and Regulations Governing the Licensing and Functioning of Assisted Housing Programs, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Elder and Adult Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1153, L.D. 1580)

Ch. 67 - 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) (H.P. 1161, L.D. 1588)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 5, 2003

Ch. 68 - Resolve, Regarding Notice of Deficient Care in Long-term Care Settings. (H.P. 936, L.D. 1264)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 6, 2003

Ch. 69 - Resolve, Regarding Opportunities To Decrease the Occurrence of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges in Childhood. (H.P. 999, L.D. 1364)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 9, 2003

Ch. 70 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services To Enact Rules To Reduce the Health Risks Associated with Latex Gloves. (S.P. 262, L.D. 767)

Ch. 71 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Conduct a Programmatic Review within Certain Areas of the Department. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 52, L.D. 129)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Ch. 72 - Resolve, Concerning Reauthorization of a 1997 Pollution Control Bond Issue. (S.P. 583, L.D. 1628) (Governor's Bill)

(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 13, 2003

L.D. 1630, S.P. 585
Resolve, Approving the 2003 Draft and Arrangement of the Constitution of Maine Made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and Providing for its Publication and Distribution. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6.)

L.D. 1631, S.P. 587
An Act To Prevent the Sale of Water Laced with Nicotine in Maine. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1632, S.P. 588
Resolve, To Ratify the Endorsement of the Towns of Otisfield and Harrison in Renaming the Bolsters Mills Bridge. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 1633, S.P. 589
An Act Regarding Conformity with the Federal Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator STANLEY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1634, S.P. 590
An Act To Improve the Maine Rx Program. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator TREAT of Kennebec)

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.