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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXX, No. 12

Monday, March 22, 2004

121ST LEGISLATURE

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Ch. 547 - An Act To Amend the Random Drug Testing Laws. (H.P. 1282, L.D. 1760)

Ch. 548 - An Act To Revise the Frequency of Home Health Licensing Surveys. (H.P. 1294, L.D. 1772)

Ch. 549 - An Act To Ensure Fair Payment for Timber Harvesting Jobs on Land Managed by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (H.P. 1304, L.D. 1782)

Ch. 550 - An Act To Improve the Property Boundary Marking Laws for Purposes of Timber Harvesting. (S.P. 625, L.D. 1693)

Ch. 551 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Relating to Environmental Protection. (S.P. 606, L.D. 1655)

Ch. 552 - An Act To Clarify Certain Provisions Contained in the Recodified Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws. (S.P. 629, L.D. 1697)

Ch. 553 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Study Group To Examine an Emergency Alert Notification System for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Individuals. (S.P. 667, L.D. 1819)

Ch. 554 - An Act Relating to the Consideration of the Cumulative Effects on Protected Natural Resources. (H.P. 1361, L.D. 1837)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Ch. 555 - An Act To Facilitate the Development of Cost-effective Distributed Electricity Generation in the State. (S.P. 235, L.D. 671)

Ch. 556 - An Act To Increase the Amount of Restitution Allowed for State and Municipal Fire Service. (H.P. 1344, L.D. 1821)

Ch. 557 - An Act To Authorize Licensure by Endorsement for Canadian Dentists and Dental Hygienists. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1258, L.D. 1736)

Ch. 558 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating To Requirements for Competitive Electricity Providers. (H.P. 1263, L.D. 1741)

Ch. 559 - An Act To Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982. (H.P. 1284, L.D. 1762)

Ch. 560 - An Act To Maintain the Current Statutes Regarding Unlawful Solicitation To Benefit Law Enforcement Agencies. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 675, L.D. 1832)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 18, 2004

Ch. 561 - An Act To Obtain Substance Abuse Services for Youth in Need of Services. (S.P. 220, L.D. 611)

Ch. 562 - An Act Regarding Child Support Collection Practices. (H.P. 1293, L.D. 1771)

Ch. 563 - An Act To Provide an Exemption to the Laws Governing Patient Confidentiality Regarding Certain Former Patients of the State Mental Institutions. (H.P. 1219, L.D. 1642)

Ch. 564 - An Act To Clarify the Requirements of the Behavioral Treatment and Safety Device Review Teams for Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (H.P. 1261, L.D. 1739)

Ch. 565 - An Act Requiring Blood Testing of All Drivers Involved in Fatal Accidents. (H.P. 1325, L.D. 1803)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Ch. 37 - An Act Concerning the Boundary Line of the Town of Unity. (H.P. 1301, L.D. 1779)

Ch. 38 - An Act To Provide for the 2004 and 2005 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1364, L.D. 1838) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Ch. 111 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Labor to Collect Certain Data Involving Retirees Receiving Social Security or Other Pensions. (H.P. 657, L.D. 880)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Ch. 112 - Resolve, To Ensure That Emergency Medical Help Is Available to All School Children. (H.P. 136, L.D. 177)

(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. 1919, H.P. 1420
(Bill appeared on Weekly Legislative Report 11 in draft form; the final bill is now available.)

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. 1925, H.P. 1425
An Act To Change the Name of Township 17, Range 5, WELS, in the Unorganized Territory to Cross Lake. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PARADIS of Frenchville)

L.D. 1926, H.P. 1426
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government Pursuant to the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, chapter 35 and Resolve 2003, chapter 101, section 1.)

L.D. 1927, S.P. 764
An Act To Modify Taxation of Benefits under Employee Retirement Plans, Including Retirement Plans for Teachers. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1928, H.P. 1428
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $4,822,368 To Provide Funds To Repair and Upgrade Maine Army National Guard Armories and Facilities and for the Challenger Learning Center of Maine. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1929, H.P. 1429
An Act To Promote Economic Development in the State by Encouraging the Production of Electricity from Renewable and Indigenous Resources. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative LUNDEEN of Mars Hill)

L.D. 1930, S.P. 767
An Act To Promote Intergovernmental Cooperation, Cost Savings and Efficiencies. (Submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Regionalization and Community Cooperation pursuant to Joint Order 2003, S.P. 689.)

L.D. 1931, H.P. 1431
An Act To Provide for a Limited Transition Provision for Renewal of Certain Social Worker Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1932, S.P. 768
An Act To Make Mother's Day a Free Day for Fishing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1933, H.P. 1432
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development Regarding the Board of Licensure in Medicine Pursuant to Reviews Conducted under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4 and Resolve 2003, chapter 101, section 1.)

L.D. 1934, S.P. 769
An Act To Make Additional Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of State 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 Senator HATCH of Somerset)

L.D. 1935, S.P. 770
An Act To Create the Starboard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SHOREY of Washington)

L.D. 1936, H.P. 1434
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Blood Tests for Persons Suspected of Operating Under the Influence. (Presented by Representative GAGNE-FRIEL of Buckfield)

L.D. 1937, S.P. 771
An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Maine Potato Board for the Purchase of Potatoes in Need of Disposal Due to Weather Conditions during the Harvest in 2003. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1938, I.B. 5
An Act Prohibiting Certain Bear Hunting Practices. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 121st Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 17, 2004 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 1939, H.P. 1435
An Act To Decrease Insurance Fraud in This State. (Presented by Representative BUNKER of Kossuth Township)

L.D. 1940, H.P. 1437
An Act To Clarify Departmental Reporting Requirements for Developmental Disability Prevention Activities. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Resolve 2003, chapter 69 and Resolve 2003, chapter 101, section 3.)

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.