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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXX, No. 11

Monday, March 15, 2004

121ST LEGISLATURE

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 5, 2004

Ch. 533 - An Act Regarding Habitual Truants. (H.P. 800, L.D. 1082)

Ch. 534 - An Act To Authorize the Town of Verona To Change Its Name. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 604, L.D. 1653)

Ch. 535 - An Act To Expand the State Fire Marshal's Responsibilities and To Clarify That the Commissioner of Public Safety Will Follow the Maine Administrative Procedure Act when Adopting Certain Rules. (H.P. 1253, L.D. 1731)

Ch. 536 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Humane Agents and Kennel Licenses. (H.P. 1264, L.D. 1742)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Ch. 537 - An Act To Simplify the Finance Authority of Maine Act. (H.P. 1288, L.D. 1766)

Ch. 538 - An Act To Clarify the Standards for Granting a Name Change. (H.P. 1319, L.D. 1797)

Ch. 539 - An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Execute Easements. (H.P. 1299, L.D. 1777)

Ch. 540 - An Act To Amend the Law Providing Restitution to Victims of Timber Theft. (H.P. 1260, L.D. 1738)

Ch. 541 - An Act To Strengthen the Charitable Solicitations Act. (S.P. 623, L.D. 1691)

Ch. 542 - An Act To Clarify the Educational Requirements for Counselor Licensure. (H.P. 1279, L.D. 1757)

Ch. 543 - An Act To Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code Regarding Balloon Payments. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 602, L.D. 1638)

Ch. 544 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Automobile Dealer Registration Plates. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 609, L.D. 1677)

Ch. 545 - An Act To Rename the Former Vocational-technical Secondary Education Schools, Now Called Applied Technology Centers and Regions, Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions. (H.P. 1227, L.D. 1649)

Ch. 546 - An Act Regarding Standard Contracts for Assisted Living Services. (H.P. 1145, L.D. 1563)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Ch. 36 - An Act To Amend the Maine Turnpike Authority's Budget for Calendar Year 2004. (S.P. 636, L.D. 1704)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 5, 2004

Ch. 107 - Resolve, To Allow MaineCare Reimbursement for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists To Provide Services to Child Protective Services Clients and Adult Protective Services Clients. (H.P. 134, L.D. 175)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Ch. 108 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in a Certain Parcel of Real Estate Located in the City of Auburn. (H.P. 1329, L.D. 1807)

Ch. 109 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services To Adopt Rules To Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Home Health Agencies while Maintaining Budget Neutrality. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 987, L.D. 1341)

Ch. 110 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Conservation To Implement a Pilot Project To Evaluate Outdoor Playground Surface Materials. (H.P. 927, L.D. 1253)

(Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 106, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004

L.D. 1911, S.P. 752
An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Establish Local Tax Relief Programs. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1912, H.P. 1413
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on ATV Issues. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative LANDRY of Sanford)

L.D. 1913, H.P. 1414
An Act To Establish the Department of Health and Human Services. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 1914, H.P. 1415
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 302: Rules for the Maine Microenterprise Initiative, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Economic Development. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Economic and Community Development pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1915, H.P. 1417
Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Scope and Quality of Citizenship Education. (Submitted by the Commission to Study the Scope and Quality of Citizenship Education pursuant to Resolve 2003, chapter 85, section 8 and chapter 101, section 3.)

L.D. 1916, H.P. 1418
An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Revisor of Statutes pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 94.)

L.D. 1917, H.P. 1419
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (Submitted by the Legislative Youth Advisory Council pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 168-A, subsection 1, paragraph E.)

L.D. 1918, S.P. 757
An Act To Improve the Viability of Railroads Operating in Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Public Law 2003, chapter 498, section 11 and Resolve 2003, chapter 101, section 3.)

L.D. 1919, H.P. 1420 (DRAFT)
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, 2004 and June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BRANNIGAN of Portland)

L.D. 1920, H.P. 1421
An Act To Revise the Fish and Wildlife Laws To Complement the Recodification of Those Laws. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Public Law 2003, chapter 414, Part D, section 5 and Resolve 2003, chapter 101, section 3.)

L.D. 1921, H.P. 1422
An Act To Encourage Voluntary Efficiency in Maine's School Systems and Related Costs Savings. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative McLAUGHLIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1922, S.P. 758
An Act To Preserve Transportation Projects Statewide by Using Federal GARVEE Financing for the Waldo-Hancock Bridge Replacement. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1923, S.P. 759
An Act To Increase Business Investment, Provide Expanded Property Tax Relief to Low-income and Moderate-income Homeowners and Cap Local and County Spending. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator STANLEY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1924, S.P. 761
An Act To Reduce the Cost of Local Government through Increased State Education Funding and Provide Property Tax Relief. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

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.