weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXIX, No. 24

Monday, July 7, 2003

121ST LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

Adjourned June 14, 2003

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Ch. 450 - An Act To Authorize the Department of Audit To Perform Other Audits and Reviews. (H.P. 1048, L.D. 1429)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 12, 2003

Ch. 451 - An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2003, June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1190, L.D. 1614) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 13, 2003

Ch. 452 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the MCJUSTIS Policy Board Concerning the Drafting of Crimes and Civil Violations Pursuant to Resolve 1997, Chapter 105, as Amended. (H.P. 1149, L.D. 1567)

Ch. 453 - An Act To Improve the Clean Election Option for Gubernatorial Candidates. (H.P. 964, L.D. 1310)

Ch. 454 - An Act To Improve Enforcement of the State's Natural Resource Protection, Timber Theft and Trespass Laws. (H.P. 1059, L.D. 1447)

Ch. 455 - An Act To Provide Affordable Loans for Higher Education. (S.P. 579, L.D. 1625) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 456 - An Act To Protect Against Unfair Prescription Drug Practices. (S.P. 194, L.D. 554)

Ch. 457 - An Act To Protect Public Health by Reducing Human Exposure to Arsenic. (H.P. 963, L.D. 1309)

Ch. 458 - An Act to Ensure that Maine's Unemployment System is Responsive to the Needs of Today's Workforce. (H.P. 195, L.D. 240)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 16, 2003

Ch. 459 - An Act to Promote Fairness and Opportunity for Working Amputees. (S.P. 48, L.D. 125)

Ch. 460 - An Act To Simplify Calculation of Legal Interest. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 835, L.D. 1132)

Ch. 461 - An Act To Control County Jail Health Care Expenses. (H.P. 585, L.D. 808)

Ch. 462 - An Act To Ensure Equity in Mortgage Volume Fees. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 310, L.D. 969)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Ch. 463 - An Act to Amend Certain Provisions of the Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Laws. (H.P. 59, L.D. 51)

Ch. 464 - An Act To Make Minor Technical Changes to the Maine Biomedical Research Program and To Amend the Calculation of Funds To Be Transferred to the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 436, L.D. 1345)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Ch. 465 - An Act To Establish the Long-term Care Oversight Committee. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 65, L.D. 57)

Ch. 466 - An Act To Change the Options for a Lobster Management Zone and To Change Entry Criteria for Noncommercial Licensees. (H.P. 520, L.D. 703)

Ch. 467 - An Act To Improve the Fairness of the Health Care Provider Tax and To Ensure Fair Implementation of Health Care Reimbursement Reforms. (S.P. 424, L.D. 1293)

Ch. 468 - An Act Concerning Age Requirements for Student, Apprentice and Noncommercial Lobster Licenses. (H.P. 1003, L.D. 1368)

Ch. 469 - An Act To Provide Affordable Health Insurance to Small Businesses and Individuals and To Control Health Care Costs. (H.P. 1187, L.D. 1611) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 470 - An Act to Repeal the Presidential Preference Primary Elections Process. (H.P. 109, L.D. 100)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 20, 2003

Ch. 471 - An Act To Improve Collection of Information about Work-related Injuries and To Enhance Injury Prevention Efforts. (S.P. 135, L.D. 398)

Ch. 472 - An Act To Require That Disciplinary, Attendance and Health Records Be Included in the Records That Follow a Student Who Transfers to Another School. (S.P. 96, L.D. 262)

Ch. 473 - An Act To Expand the Education Tax Credit. (H.P. 387, L.D. 502)

Ch. 474 - An Act To Clarify the Intent of School Budget Referendum Language. (H.P. 77, L.D. 69)

Ch. 475 - An Act To Ensure Effective Prosecution of Certain Repeat Offenders. (S.P. 317, L.D. 976)

Ch. 476 - An Act To Increase Penalties for Furnishing or Trafficking Scheduled Drugs That Cause Death or Serious Bodily Injury. (H.P. 701, L.D. 944)

Ch. 477 - An Act To Amend and Improve the Education Laws. (S.P. 538, L.D. 1577)

Ch. 478 - An Act To Facilitate E-9-1-1 for Multiline Telephone Systems. (H.P. 1056, L.D. 1444)

Ch. 479 - An Act Regarding Conformity with the Federal Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. (S.P. 589, L.D. 1633) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 23, 2003

Ch. 480 - An Act to Allow Hunters to Exchange Assigned Hunting Areas or Zones with Other Hunters. (S.P. 46, L.D. 123)

Ch. 481 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 557, L.D. 751)

Ch. 482 - An Act To Improve Conditions for Inmates with Mental Illness. (H.P. 367, L.D. 475)

Ch. 483 - An Act To Facilitate Communication between Prescribers and Dispensers of Prescription Medication. (H.P. 702, L.D. 945)

Ch. 484 - An Act To Prohibit Personal Watercraft on Lake St. George in the Town of Liberty. (H.P. 477, L.D. 647)

Ch. 485 - An Act To Clarify Eligibility in the Maine State Retirement System Life Insurance Program. (H.P. 810, L.D. 1107)

Ch. 486 - An Act Concerning Retirement Benefits for State Employees. (H.P. 730, L.D. 1009)

Ch. 487 - An Act To Strengthen the Energy Resources Council. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 233, L.D. 669)

Ch. 488 - An Act To Create the Maine National Guard Education Assistance Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1126, L.D. 1533)

Ch. 489 - An Act To Clarify Immunity and Workers' Compensation for Search and Rescue Volunteers. (H.P. 1054, L.D. 1435)

Ch. 490 - An Act To Make Supplemental Highway Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 976, L.D. 1322) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 491 - An Act Concerning Illegal Introduction of Fish into Maine Waters. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 592, L.D. 1635) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Ch. 492 - An Act to Extend the Authority of the Health Care System and Health Security Board. (H.P. 27, L.D. 20)

Ch. 493 - An Act To Protect Workers from Secondhand Smoke and To Promote Worker Safety. (S.P. 437, L.D. 1346)

Ch. 494 - An Act To Improve the Maine Rx Program. (S.P. 590, L.D. 1634) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Ch. 495 - An Act to Adopt a New Interstate Compact Regarding Adults Who are on Probation and Parole. (H.P. 254, L.D. 311)

Ch. 496 - An Act To Restrict Use of Auto Dealer Plates. (H.P. 745, L.D. 1028)

Ch. 497 - An Act To Promote Energy Conservation. (S.P. 92, L.D. 233)

Ch. 498 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Rail Transportation and Correct an Inconsistency. (S.P. 208, L.D. 599)

Ch. 499 - An Act To Improve the State's Returnable Bottle Law and Adjust Handling Fees. (S.P. 326, L.D. 985)

Ch. 500 - An Act To Adopt an Interstate Compact for Juveniles on Probation and Parole. (H.P. 977, L.D. 1323)

Ch. 501 - An Act To Encourage Responsible Employment Practices. (H.P. 880, L.D. 1206)

Ch. 502 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Storage of Sand and Salt and To Provide Funding for State and Municipal Storage Facilities. (H.P. 1036, L.D. 1414)

Ch. 503 - An Act To Improve Access by the Department of Corrections to Federal Funds under Title IV-E of the Federal Social Security Act. (S.P. 498, L.D. 1498)

Ch. 504 - An Act To Implement School Funding Based on Essential Programs and Services. (S.P. 575, L.D. 1623) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Ch. 505 - An Act To Improve the Ability of the Public Utilities Commission To Enforce State Laws, Rules and Requirements. (H.P. 1088, L.D. 1483)

Ch. 506 - An Act To Provide Energy Opportunities to Northern Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 86, L.D. 163)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Ch. 29 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education. (H.P. 284, L.D. 364)

Ch. 30 - An Act To Fund Municipal Collection of Household Hazardous Waste. (H.P. 1135, L.D. 1549)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 23, 2003

Ch. 31 - An Act to Increase Funding for the Maine Dental Education Loan Program. (H.P. 152, L.D. 193)

Ch. 32 - An Act To Authorize the Deorganization of the Town of Centerville. (H.P. 1201, L.D. 1624)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 16, 2003

Ch. 73 - Resolve, Directing the Community Preservation Advisory Committee To Study Issues Pertaining to Barriers to Affordable Housing in the State. (H.P. 364, L.D. 472)

Ch. 74 - 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) (H.P. 1206, L.D. 1627)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Ch. 75 - Resolve, to Improve Community Safety and Sex Offender Accountability. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 292, L.D. 372)

Ch. 76 - Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study Parity and Portability of Retirement Benefits for State Law Enforcement Officers, Municipal and County Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 989, L.D. 1343)

Ch. 77 - Resolve, to Extend the Reporting Deadline of the Commission to Recognize Veterans of World War II and the Korean War in the State House Hall of Flags. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 26, L.D. 40)

Ch. 78 - Resolve, To Create the Study Group To Examine an Emergency Alert Notification System for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Individuals. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 134, L.D. 397)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Ch. 79 - Resolve, To Study the Implementation of a Plan To Prohibit the Discharge of Certain Wastewater into Coastal Waters. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 943, L.D. 1271)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 20, 2003

Ch. 80 - An Act To Transfer Speech Pathologist Licensure Functions to the Department of Education. (S.P. 330, L.D. 989)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 23, 2003

Ch. 81 - Resolve, To Reduce the State Valuation for the Town of Hermon. (S.P. 182, L.D. 542)

Ch. 82 - Resolve, To Protect High and Moderate Value Waterfowl and Wading Bird Habitats. (H.P. 908, L.D. 1234)

Ch. 83 - Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study Compliance with Maine's Freedom of Access Laws. (H.P. 797, L.D. 1079)

Ch. 84 - Resolve, To Study the Needs of Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children and Adolescents. (S.P. 193, L.D. 553)

Ch. 85 - Resolve, To Prepare Maine's Students for Active Citizenship. (H.P. 333, L.D. 425)

Ch. 86 - Resolve, Allowing Christy Reposa To Sue the State. (H.P. 536, L.D. 730)

Ch. 87 - Resolve, To Study the Effects of NAFTA and Other Cross-border Issues on Maine Businesses. (S.P. 216, L.D. 607)

Ch. 88 - Resolve, Directing the State Tax Assessor to Adjust the State Valuation for the Town of Ashland. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 61, L.D. 138)

Ch. 89 - Resolve, To Reestablish the Commission To Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 446, L.D. 1358)

Ch. 90 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell Up to 15 Acres of Land and Other Interests of the State at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, in South Portland. (H.P. 1105, L.D. 1512)

Ch. 91 - Resolve, Amending the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services' Authorization To Convey a Portion of the Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta Pursuant to Resolve 1999, Chapter 56. (H.P. 1069, L.D. 1464)

Ch. 92 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Estate Located in Hallowell. (H.P. 1070, L.D. 1465)

Ch. 93 - Resolve, To Authorize the State To Purchase a Landfill in the City of Old Town. (H.P. 1205, L.D. 1626) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 94 - Resolve, To Ratify the Endorsement of the Towns of Otisfield and Harrison in Renaming the Bolsters Mills Bridge. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 588, L.D. 1632)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Ch. 95 - Resolve, To Study Obesity and Methods To Decrease the Cost of Health Care and Increase the Public Health. (H.P. 363, L.D. 471)

Ch. 96 - Resolve, Regarding the Operation of the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants. (H.P. 224, L.D. 281)

Ch. 97 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services To Establish an Advisory Task Force to Examine Staff-child Ratios and Maximum Group Size in Child Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 538, L.D. 732)

Delivered to the Office of the Secretary of State
Friday, June 13, 2003
Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6.
In accordance with the Constitution of Maine,
the Resolve was not presented to the Governor.

Ch. 98 - 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) (S.P. 585, L.D. 1630)

(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.)

Pending

Presented to the Governor by the Senate on June 14, 2003,
and not signed within 10 days (excluding Sundays).
The status of this bill is currently undecided.
The final status will be posted on the House of Representatives web site
at http://janus.state.me.us/house/wlr_list.htm when it is determined.

An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (H.P. 217, L.D. 274)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2003

L.D. 1635, S.P. 592
An Act Concerning Illegal Introduction of Fish into Maine Waters. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

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.

BILL HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"…If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

An Act To Support Harness Horse Racing in Maine, Equine Agriculture in Maine, Maine Agricultural Fairs and the General Fund of the State. (S.P. 449, L.D. 1361)

ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FOUR BILLS
HELD OVER BY LEGISLATURE

The following matters are held over to any special or regular session of the 121st Legislature by vote of the House and Senate, pursuant to Joint Order House Paper 1212:

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

S.P. 120, L.D. 338 - An Act to Stabilize the Maine Dairy Industry.

H.P. 544, L.D. 738 - An Act To Save Maine Dairy Farms.

H.P. 1110, L.D. 1518 - An Act To Improve Harvest Standards for Lands Purchased and Harvested within an 8-year Period.

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

H.P. 10, L.D. 3 - An Act to Amend the Membership of the Revenue Forecasting Committee.

H.P. 55, L.D. 47 - Resolve, to Fund Scholarships to the Seeds of Peace Camp.

S.P. 87, L.D. 164 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $30,000,000 To Fund Healthy Schools Through the School Revolving Renovation Fund.

H.P. 126, L.D. 167 - An Act To Fund the Matching Requirement for Maine's Successful NASA EPSCoR Award.

H.P. 149, L.D. 190 - An Act to Expand Funding and Services to Students of Limited Proficiency in English.

H.P. 153, L.D. 194 - An Act to Increase the Adult Education State Subsidy by a Specific Percentage.

H.P. 187, L.D. 228 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $20,000,000 To Provide Maine's 7 Technical Colleges with Essential Facilities Improvements and Classroom Equipment.

H.P. 222, L.D. 279 - An Act To Support the Regional Library System.

S.P. 118, L.D. 336 - An Act to Fund the Endowment Incentive Fund.

S.P. 119, L.D. 337 - An Act to Strengthen State Investment in the University of Maine System for Applied Research and Development.

H.P. 276, L.D. 356 - An Act To Build a Prison in Washington County.

H.P. 314, L.D. 394 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $2,700,000 for Maine Maritime Academy.

S.P. 204, L.D. 595 - An Act To Appropriate Funds for a Study To Determine the Feasibility of a Medical School in Maine.

H.P. 464, L.D. 634 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Maine-Canada Trade Ombudsman.

S.P. 241, L.D. 677 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $6,000,000 To Enable LifeFlight of Maine to Fully Implement a Statewide, Dedicated Air-medical Response System.

S.P. 254, L.D. 716 - An Act To Continue Necessary State Funding of Freestanding, Nonprofit Psychiatric Hospitals for Services Provided to Indigent Patients and for Other Purposes.

S.P. 270, L.D. 791 - An Act To Fully Fund Retirement Benefits for Game Wardens and Marine Patrol Officers.

S.P. 304, L.D. 908 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $1,000,000 To Provide Funds to Riverfront Municipalities To Develop Riverfront Cultural Heritage Centers.

S.P. 334, L.D. 993 - An Act To Promote Economic Growth by Retaining Engineers in Maine.

S.P. 350, L.D. 1021 - Resolve, To Renew the Veterans' Emergency Assistance Program.

S.P. 361, L.D. 1089 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $15,000,000 for Energy Conservation in State Buildings and Facilities.

S.P. 373, L.D. 1149 - An Act To Support Maine's Franco-American Heritage and the Kennebec-Chaudiere International Corridor.

H.P. 923, L.D. 1249 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Quality Child Care Tax Credit.

S.P. 423, L.D. 1292 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $20,000,000 for Capital Projects and Major Maintenance at State and Municipal Parks and Historic Sites, for Acquiring Land for Coastal and Inland Waterway Access and for Capitalizing a Revolving Loan Fund for Land Trusts and Municipalities To Acquire Land and Conservation Easements for Public Access.

S.P. 528, L.D. 1569 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $16,800,000 To Construct and Upgrade Water Pollution Control Facilities, To Remediate Solid Waste Landfills, To Clean Up Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites and To Make Drinking Water System Improvements.

S.P. 531, L.D. 1572 - An Act To Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount of $75,000,000 for Improvements to Highways; Bridges; Airports; State-owned Ferry Vessels; Ferry and Port Facilities; Port and Harbor Structures; Development of Rail Corridors; Improvements to Railroad Structures and Intermodal Facilities; Investment in Public Transportation Fleet and Public Park and Ride and Service Facilities; and Statewide Trail and Pedestrian Improvements.

S.P. 546, L.D. 1591 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $13,300,000 To Address Health, Safety and Compliance Deficiencies in the University of Maine System; To Expedite the Creation of a Community College System; To Make Improvements to State Parks; To Make Cultural Improvements; and To Modernize the State Court System.

Business, Research and Economic Development

S.P. 97, L.D. 263 - An Act to Define a Scope of Practice for Acupuncture.

H.P. 311, L.D. 391 - An Act To Provide Consumers at Chain Restaurants with Accurate, Accessible Nutrition Information.

H.P. 509, L.D. 692 - An Act To Protect Consumer Privacy Rights.

S.P. 356, L.D. 1025 - An Act To Ensure Uniform Code Compliance and Efficient Oversight of Construction in the State.

S.P. 376, L.D. 1152 - An Act To Authorize Collaborative Practice for Emergency Contraception.

H.P. 931, L.D. 1257 - An Act To Increase Returnable Beverage Container Redemption Rates.

S.P. 427, L.D. 1325 - An Act To Encourage and Support Maine Owner-operated Small Businesses.

S.P. 468, L.D. 1410 - An Act To Eliminate State Licensing of Boxers, Wrestlers and Transient Sellers.

H.P. 1137, L.D. 1551 - An Act To License Home Building and Improvement Contractors.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

H.P. 38, L.D. 31 - An Act to Establish a Seamless Strategic Drug Abuse Model for Addressing Criminal Enforcement, Treatment, Education and Public Advocacy within Washington County.

H.P. 114, L.D. 105 - An Act to Further the Productive Use of Land Held by the Department of Corrections.

S.P. 226, L.D. 617 - An Act Amending the Time by Which a Sex Offender or Sexually Violent Predator Must Register.

S.P. 286, L.D. 891 - An Act To Require the Videotaping of Police Interrogations.

H.P. 674, L.D. 917 - An Act Regarding the Sale of Weapons at Gun Shows.

S.P. 390, L.D. 1186 - An Act to Revise the Reimbursement by the County Jail Prisoner Support and Community Corrections Fund and To Provide Additional Support to County Jails.

Education and Cultural Affairs

H.P. 113, L.D. 104 - An Act to Help Public Schools Promote Public Health and Address Childhood Obesity.

S.P. 72, L.D. 149 - An Act to Transfer Bureau of General Services School Construction Functions to the Maine Department of Education.

H.P. 136, L.D. 177 - An Act to Ensure that Emergency Medical Help is Available to All School Children and Personnel.

H.P. 154, L.D. 195 - An Act To Facilitate Summer Employment for Youths.

S.P. 89, L.D. 230 - An Act Concerning Restructuring of School Districts.

H.P. 800, L.D. 1082 - An Act Regarding Habitual Truants.

H.P. 990, L.D. 1344 - An Act To Give Teachers a Greater Voice in School Improvement.

H.P. 1000, L.D. 1365 - An Act To Assist Maine Educators in Meeting the Quality Requirements of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Health Care Reform (Joint Select Committee)

H.P. 1188, L.D. 1612 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Preserve the Fund for a Healthy Maine.

Health and Human Services

H.P. 67, L.D. 59 - An Act to Adjust MaineCare Reimbursement Rates.

H.P. 81, L.D. 73 - An Act to Make the Children's Ombudsman Program an Independent Office.

S.P. 79, L.D. 156 - An Act to Require that Patients in Private Mental Hospitals Be Afforded the Same Rights As Patients in State Mental Institutions.

S.P. 82, L.D. 159 - An Act To Refine the Criteria for Issuing a Certificate of Need.

H.P. 134, L.D. 175 - An Act to Ensure Parity Among Mental Health Professionals Under Medicaid.

S.P. 175, L.D. 535 - An Act To Strengthen Health Data Information and Health Planning.

H.P. 447, L.D. 584 - An Act To Strengthen the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002.

H.P. 448, L.D. 585 - An Act to Establish a Statewide Primary and Preventive Health Care Program.

S.P. 220, L.D. 611 - An Act To Obtain Substance Abuse Services for Minors.

S.P. 225, L.D. 616 - An Act To Provide Safe Staffing Levels for Patients and To Retain Registered Nurses.

S.P. 251, L.D. 713 - An Act to Support Health Care Safety Net Programs.

H.P. 784, L.D. 1066 - An Act to Address the Temporary Maximum Levels of Assistance for General Assistance Established in 1991.

S.P. 362, L.D. 1090 - Resolve, To Promote Recruitment and Retention of Direct Care Workers in Long-term Care in Maine.

H.P. 830, L.D. 1127 - An Act To Require Fire-safe Cigarettes in the State.

S.P. 422, L.D. 1291 - An Act To Establish a System of Advocacy and Oversight To Benefit Persons with Mental Retardation and Autism.

H.P. 987, L.D. 1341 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services To Adopt Rules To Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Home Health Agencies.

H.P. 1145, L.D. 1563 - An Act Regarding Standard Contracts for Assisted Living Services.

S.P. 572, L.D. 1621 - An Act To Amend the Structure of the Office of Advocacy.

S.P. 587, L.D. 1631 - An Act To Prevent the Sale of Water Laced with Nicotine in Maine.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

S.P. 81, L.D. 158 - An Act to Limit Agent Fees to the Number of Transactions.

H.P. 132, L.D. 173 - An Act To Provide for the Passage of Anadromous Fish Species into the Little River.

H.P. 308, L.D. 388 - An Act To Permit Small Game Hunting on Private Property on Sunday in Unorganized Territory.

H.P. 316, L.D. 408 - An Act Regarding the Presumption of Violations of the Hunting-on-Sunday Prohibition.

H.P. 338, L.D. 446 - An Act Regarding Bear Hunting.

H.P. 604, L.D. 827 - An Act Regarding Wildlife Habitat Conservation.

H.P. 631, L.D. 854 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Operation of All-terrain Vehicles.

Insurance and Financial Services

H.P. 172, L.D. 213 - An Act To Assist Maine's Infertile Citizens.

S.P. 146, L.D. 428 - An Act To Eliminate the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance Travel Restrictions for Obtaining Health Care.

S.P. 169, L.D. 497 - Resolve, To Study the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Providing Consumers with Consumer Reports on Health Care Services.

S.P. 231, L.D. 667 - An Act To Amend the Maine Insurance Code.

S.P. 359, L.D. 1087 - An Act To Require All Health Insurers To Cover the Costs of Hearing Aids.

S.P. 385, L.D. 1181 - An Act To Provide Fair Hearings in Health Insurance Rate Proceedings.

S.P. 394, L.D. 1190 - An Act To Create the Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association.

H.P. 913, L.D. 1239 - An Act Concerning Universal Health Insurance.

H.P. 995, L.D. 1353 - An Act To Ensure Women's Health Care Coverage for All Maine Women.

S.P. 554, L.D. 1601 - An Act To Authorize the Superintendent of Insurance To Establish a Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan.

Judiciary

S.P. 266, L.D. 787 - An Act To Limit the Damages Recoverable in Accidents Involving Snowmobile Clubs' Trail-grooming Activities.

H.P. 678, L.D. 921 - An Act To Enact the Uniform Trust Code.

S.P. 343, L.D. 999 - An Act To Ensure Fairness in Payment of Superior Court Witness Fees by Counties.

H.P. 756, L.D. 1039 - An Act Concerning Passamaquoddy Indian Territory in Washington County.

S.P. 426, L.D. 1295 - An Act To Enact the Uniform Mediation Act.

H.P. 1078, L.D. 1473 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Easements.

H.P. 1116, L.D. 1525 - An Act To Clarify the Freedom of Access Laws as They Pertain to the Penobscot Nation.

H.P. 1152, L.D. 1579 - An Act To Promote the Financial Security of Maine's Families and Children.

Labor

H.P. 79, L.D. 71 - An Act to Ban Strikebreakers.

S.P. 190, L.D. 550 - An Act Regarding Employment of Workers' Compensation Board Hearing Officers and Mediators.

H.P. 424, L.D. 561 - An Act To Improve Standards for Public Assistance to Employers in the State.

H.P. 438, L.D. 575 - An Act To Encourage Workers' Compensation Dispute Resolutions.

S.P. 237, L.D. 673 - An Act To Increase Maine's Minimum Wage.

H.P. 524, L.D. 718 - An Act To Create a New Pension System for Newly Hired Teachers and State Employees.

H.P. 567, L.D. 752 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Labor To Develop the Family Security Fund To Implement the Recommendations of the Committee to Continue to Study the Benefits and Costs for Increasing Access to Family and Medical Leave for Maine Families.

H.P. 657, L.D. 880 - An Act To Eliminate the Social Security Offset for Unemployment Benefits.

H.P. 676, L.D. 919 - An Act To Require Public Improvement Projects Contractors and Subcontractors To Meet Certain Criteria.

S.P. 374, L.D. 1150 - An Act To Protect the Rights of State Workers.

H.P. 972, L.D. 1318 - An Act To Provide Collective Bargaining Rights to Certain Forest Products Workers.

H.P. 1015, L.D. 1380 - An Act To Promote Safety and Fair Labor Practices for Forestry Workers.

H.P. 1197, L.D. 1618 - An Act To Clarify the Employment Status of Court Reporters, Stenographers and Videographers.

Legal and Veterans Affairs

H.P. 171, L.D. 212 - An Act to Establish Instant Run-off Voting.

H.P. 392, L.D. 507 - Resolve, To Allow the Town of Dennysville To Sue the State and the Atlantic Salmon Commission for Breach of Contract.

H.P. 441, L.D. 578 - An Act To Increase the Sale of Lottery Tickets To Benefit Conservation and Wildlife.

H.P. 470, L.D. 640 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce Voting Age Qualifications by 12 Months.

H.P. 472, L.D. 642 - An Act To Ensure the Economic Viability of the Harness Racing Industry.

H.P. 486, L.D. 656 - An Act to Allow Beverage Sales from Mobile Service Bars on Golf Courses.

H.P. 744, L.D. 1027 - Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Adopt Rules Regarding Certain Election Practices.

H.P. 916, L.D. 1242 - An Act To Recognize the Regional Impact of Casino-style Gambling Facilities.

H.P. 984, L.D. 1339 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Campaign Finance.

H.P. 996, L.D. 1354 - An Act To Permit Video Gaming for Money Conducted by Nonprofit Organizations.

S.P. 515, L.D. 1536 - An Act To Authorize the State To Establish a Multijurisdictional Lottery or Lottery Games.

H.P. 1177, L.D. 1603 - Resolve, Authorizing Michaela Corbin-Bumford To Sue the State.

S.P. 567, L.D. 1613 - Resolve, Authorizing Germaine Bell To Sue the State.

Marine Resources

H.P. 219, L.D. 276 - An Act to Allow the Sale of Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses.

H.P. 696, L.D. 939 - An Act To Repeal the Fee on Aquacultural Salmon Production.

S.P. 410, L.D. 1279 - Resolve, Related to Aquaculture Leases in Blue Hill Bay.

Natural Resources

S.P. 378, L.D. 1158 - An Act To Protect Maine's Coastal Water.

H.P. 927, L.D. 1253 - An Act to Ensure Playground Safety.

H.P. 1195, L.D. 1617 - An Act To Improve Subdivision Standards.

State and Local Government

H.P. 100, L.D. 91 - Resolve, to Create the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

H.P. 112, L.D. 103 - An Act to Establish the Regional County Corrections Construction Authority.

H.P. 327, L.D. 419 - An Act To Repeal Outdated and Unfunded Municipal and Educational Mandates.

S.P. 217, L.D. 608 - An Act to Support Domestic Businesses in Publicly Funded Construction Projects.

H.P. 699, L.D. 942 - An Act To Create Guidelines To Promote Good Science in Rulemaking.

H.P. 719, L.D. 962 - An Act to Consolidate the Advocacies of the Various State Agencies into an Executive Department and Establish the Office of Inspector General.

H.P. 722, L.D. 965 - Resolve, to Create a Task Force to Implement the 1991 Report of the President's and Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families.

H.P. 884, L.D. 1210 - Resolve, To Establish the Intergovernmental Advisory Commission.

S.P. 434, L.D. 1332 - An Act To Recognize the Maine Rural Development Council.

H.P. 1019, L.D. 1393 - An Act To Provide for Meaningful Public Input in the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

H.P. 1097, L.D. 1504 - An Act To Clarify the Work Center Purchases Committee Requirements for Work Centers and Competitive Bidding.

Taxation

H.P. 167, L.D. 208 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Related to the Taxation of Personal Property.

H.P. 274, L.D. 345 - An Act To Reinstate a Milk Handling Fee.

H.P. 552, L.D. 746 - An Act To Adopt a Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement That Allows for Local Option Taxes.

H.P. 695, L.D. 938 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Change the Assessment of Lands Used for Long-term Ownership.

H.P. 708, L.D. 951 - An Act To Establish the Maine Land Bank and Community Preservation Program.

S.P. 316, L.D. 975 - An Act To Improve the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program.

H.P. 844, L.D. 1141 - An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief for Maine Residents and Businesses and Implement Comprehensive Tax Reform.

H.P. 1020, L.D. 1394 - An Act To Modernize the State's Tax System.

H.P. 1089, L.D. 1492 - An Act To Promote the Production and Use of Fuels Derived from Agricultural and Forest Products.

H.P. 1209, L.D. 1629 - 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.

Transportation

S.P. 78, L.D. 155 - An Act to Allow a Business to Obtain a Municipal Permit for One Off-premises Business Advertising Sign.

H.P. 350, L.D. 458 - An Act Regarding Motorcycle Noise Emission Control Standards.

S.P. 214, L.D. 605 - An Act To Increase the Bond Limit of the Maine Turnpike Authority.

S.P. 319, L.D. 978 - An Act To Establish a Rotarian License Plate.

H.P. 788, L.D. 1070 - An Act To Increase Traffic Fines and Apportion a Part of the Increase to the Issuing Jurisdiction.

Utilities and Energy

H.P. 181, L.D. 222 - An Act Providing for Regulation of the Cable Television Industry by the Public Utilities Commission.

S.P. 187, L.D. 547 - An Act To Increase Bill Reductions for Electricity Customers in Maine.

H.P. 469, L.D. 639 - An Act To Ensure Accurate Electric Rates for the Ski Industry.

S.P. 235, L.D. 671 - An Act To Facilitate the Development of Cost-effective Distributed Electricity Generation in the State.

S.P. 377, L.D. 1157 - An Act To Promote Clean and Efficient Energy.

H.P. 876, L.D. 1201 - An Act To Require the Owner or Operator of a Casino To Improve or Replace Utilities and Infrastructure in the Vicinity of the Casino.

S.P. 407, L.D. 1261 - An Act To Support Clean and Efficient Energy for the Future of Maine's Economy and Environment.

S.P. 448, L.D. 1360 - An Act To Create a No-contact List and Prohibit Unsolicited E-mail.

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INTERIM STUDIES

(Approved as of June 10, 2003)

Interim Study of New Payment Models for the Logging Industry (Joint Order H.P. 724) (Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry)

Advisory Committee To Study Community Preservation Issues Pertaining to Barriers to Affordable Housing in the State (Chapter 73, Resolves of 2003)

Committee to Study the Revenue Sources of the Office of Consumer Credit Regulation (Chapter 462, Public Laws of 2003)

Commission to Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Management and Incarceration of Prisoners (Chapter 451, Section K-2 of Part 2 Budget, Public Laws of 2003)

Commission to Improve Community Safety and Sex Offender Accountability (Chapter 75, Resolves of 2003)

Legislative Youth Advisory Council – Implement Recommendations (Chapter 481, Public Laws of 2003)

Task Force to Address the Shortage of Speech-language Pathologists (Chapter 80, Resolves of 2003)

Task Force on Veterans' Health Services (Chapter 469, Part G, Public Laws of 2003)

Commission to Study Public Health (Chapter 95, Resolves of 2003)

Task Force to Study of the Needs of Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children and Adolescents (Chapter 84, Resolves of 2003)

Long-term Care Oversight Committee (Chapter 465, Public Laws of 2003)

Advisory Task Force to Examine and Make Recommendations Regarding Staff-child Ratios and Maximum Group Size in Child Care Facilities (Department of Human Services) (Chapter 97, Resolves of 2003)

Working Group to Develop Recommended Legislation Relating to Life Settlement Contracts (Chapter 320, Public Laws of 2003)

The Health Care System and Health Security Board (Chapter 492, Public Laws of 2003)

Commission to Study the Needs and Opportunities Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine (Chapter 89, Resolves of 2003)

Committee to Study Compliance with Maine's Freedom of Access Laws (Chapter 83, Resolves of 2003)

Commission to Review the Budget Process of the Workers' Compensation Board (Chapter 425, Public Laws of 2003)

Task Force to Study Parity and Portability of Retirement Benefits for State Law Enforcement Officers, Municipal and County Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters (Chapter 76, Resolves of 2003)

Committee to Study the Implementation of the Privatization of the State's Wholesale Liquor Business (Joint Order S.P. 552)

Stakeholder Group to Study the Implementation of a Plan to Prohibit the Discharge of Certain Wastewater into Coastal Waters (Chapter 79, Resolves of 2003)

Commission to Arrange for a Plaque or Plaques and a Flag or Flags to be Displayed in the Hall of Flags in the State House to Honor the Maine Veterans of World War II and the Korean War (Chapter 77, Resolves of 2003) (continuation)

Freight Transportation Advisory Council (Chapter 498, Public Laws of 2003)

Study Group to Examine an Emergency Alert Notification System for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Individuals (Chapter 78, Resolves of 2003)

Energy Resources Council (Chapter 487, Public Laws of 2003)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Regular Session of the 121st Legislature become effective September 13, 2003. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.