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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXX, No. 18

Monday, May 3, 2004

121ST LEGISLATURE

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Ch. 649 - An Act to Require that Patients in Private Mental Hospitals Be Afforded the Same Rights As Patients in State Mental Institutions. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 79, L.D. 156)

Ch. 650 - An Act To Protect Maine's Coastal Water. (S.P. 378, L.D. 1158)

Ch. 651 - An Act To Ensure the Accurate Counting of Votes. (H.P. 1281, L.D. 1759)

Ch. 652 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 632, L.D. 1700)

Ch. 653 - An Act To Clarify the Responsibilities under the Adult Protective Services Act. (H.P. 1287, L.D. 1765)

Ch. 654 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Committee To Study the Revenue Sources of the Office of Consumer Credit Regulation. (S.P. 751, L.D. 1910)

Ch. 655 - An Act To Revise the Fish and Wildlife Laws To Complement the Recodification of Those Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1421, L.D. 1920)

Ch. 656 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Improve Community Safety and Sex Offender Accountability Regarding Public Notification by Law Enforcement. (H.P. 1373, L.D. 1847)

Ch. 657 - An Act To Amend the Maine Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Laws as Recommended by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 1370, L.D. 1844)

Ch. 658 - An Act To Amend the Protection from Harassment Laws. (H.P. 1410, L.D. 1906)

Ch. 659 - An Act To Strengthen the Enforcement Provisions of the Maine Health Data Organization. (S.P. 730, L.D. 1884) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 660 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine. (H.P. 1383, L.D. 1857)

Ch. 661 - An Act To Protect Public Health and the Environment by Providing for a System of Shared Responsibility for the Safe Collection and Recycling of Electronic Waste. (H.P. 1402, L.D. 1892)

Ch. 662 - An Act To Establish Family Fishing Days. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 768, L.D. 1932)

Ch. 663 - An Act To Reclassify Certain Downeast Waters. (H.P. 1401, L.D. 1891)

Ch. 664 - An Act To Amend the Dissolved Oxygen Standard for Class C Waters. (S.P. 743, L.D. 1899)

Ch. 665 - An Act To Promote Economic Development in the State by Encouraging the Production of Electricity from Renewable and Indigenous Resources. (H.P. 1429, L.D. 1929) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 26, 2004

Ch. 666 - An Act to Define a Scope of Practice for Acupuncture. (S.P. 97, L.D. 263)

Ch. 667 - An Act To Ensure Disclosure of Prescription Drug Prices. (S.P. 736, L.D. 1890)

Ch. 668 - An Act To Require Surety Bonding by Payroll Processing Companies. (H.P. 1369, L.D. 1843)

Ch. 669 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development Regarding the Board of Dental Examiners Pursuant to Reviews Conducted under the State Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1457, L.D. 1958)

Ch. 670 - An Act To Promote the Public Interest by Providing for Reasonable Rates of Compensation for Forest Products Harvesting and Hauling Services. (H.P. 972, L.D. 1318)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Ch. 671 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Property and Casualty Insurance and To Authorize the Superintendent of Insurance To Establish a Mandatory Market Assistance Program. (S.P. 692, L.D. 1853) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Ch. 672 - An Act To Promote the Financial Security of Maine's Families and Children. (H.P. 1152, L.D. 1579)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Ch. 46 - An Act To Change the Names of Certain Townships in the Unorganized Territory. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1425, L.D. 1925)

Ch. 47 - An Act To Create the Starboard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 770, L.D. 1935)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Ch. 133 - Resolve, To Promote Transparency in Budgeting. (H.P. 1302, L.D. 1780)

Ch. 134 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 16: Foster Home Licensing Rule Regarding Smoking by Foster Parents, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (H.P. 1353, L.D. 1830)

Ch. 135 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97, Private Non-medical Institution Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1391, L.D. 1867)

Ch. 136 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 1: Procedures and Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, Major Substantive Rules of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (H.P. 1392, L.D. 1868)

Ch. 137 - Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (S.P. 775, L.D. 1942) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 138 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 299: Highway Driveway and Entrance Rules, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1443, L.D. 1943)

Ch. 139 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Marine Resources To Review the Licensing Requirements for the Harvest of Certain Marine Resources. (H.P. 1455, L.D. 1955)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Ch. 140 - Resolve, Authorizing Professional and Occupational Licensing Authorities in State Government To Defer or Waive Continuing Education Requirements for Military Personnel. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1459, L.D. 1959) (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, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2004

L.D. 1963, S.P. 812
An Act To Provide a Consistent Deadline for Filing Regulatory Agendas. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 1964, H.P. 1471
An Act To Protect Forest Products, Loggers and Haulers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 1965, H.P. 1472
An Act Regarding Penalties Assessed by the Bureau of Forestry. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2003, chapter 422, Part B, section 2 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.