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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXX, No. 20

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

121ST LEGISLATURE

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION

Adjourned April 30, 2004

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Ch. 681 - An Act To Encourage and Support Maine Small Businesses. (S.P. 427, L.D. 1325)

Ch. 682 - An Act To Promote Responsible Pet Ownership. (H.P. 1285, L.D. 1763)

Ch. 683 - An Act To Honor Maine's First Peoples. (H.P. 1254, L.D. 1732)

Ch. 684 - An Act To Make Principles of Reimbursement for Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded Major Substantive Rules. (S.P. 613, L.D. 1681)

Ch. 685 - An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding Interpreting Services for People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing. (S.P. 620, L.D. 1688)

Ch. 686 - An Act To Expand Maine's Homestead Exemption for the Blind. (H.P. 1316, L.D. 1794)

Ch. 687 - An Act To Establish the Gambling Control Board To License and Regulate Slot Machines at Commercial Harness Racing Tracks. (H.P. 1342, L.D. 1820) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 688 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1418, L.D. 1916)

Ch. 689 - An Act To Establish the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1414, L.D. 1913) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 690 - 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) (S.P. 769, L.D. 1934) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 691 - An Act To Clarify Legislative Pay. (S.P. 806, L.D. 1961)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 7, 2004

Ch. 692 - An Act To Encourage Cost Savings by State Employees. (S.P. 618, L.D. 1686)

Ch. 693 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Purchase of Military Time Served under the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 1360, L.D. 1836)

Ch. 694 - An Act Regarding Penalties Assessed by the Bureau of Forestry. (H.P. 1472, L.D. 1965)

Ch. 695 - An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on ATV Issues. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1413, L.D. 1912) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 696 - An Act To Promote Intergovernmental Cooperation, Cost Savings and Efficiencies. (S.P. 767, L.D. 1930)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 10, 2004

Ch. 697 - An Act To Increase Maine's Minimum Wage. (S.P. 237, L.D. 673)

Ch. 698 - An Act To Promote the Production and Use of Fuels Derived from Agricultural and Forest Products. (H.P. 1089, L.D. 1492)

Ch. 699 - An Act To Establish the Maine Jobs, Trade and Democracy Act. (H.P. 1337, L.D. 1815)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Ch. 700 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Returnable Beverage Containers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 931, L.D. 1257)

Ch. 701 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Maine-Canada Trade Ombudsman. (H.P. 464, L.D. 634)

Ch. 702 - An Act To Provide Equity in Veterans' Property Tax Exemptions. (H.P. 1268, L.D. 1746)

Ch. 703 - An Act To Create the Maine Military Family Relief Fund. (S.P. 657, L.D. 1724)

Ch. 704 - An Act To Coordinate Education, Job Training and Employers in Maine. (H.P. 1399, L.D. 1883)

Ch. 705 - An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1335, L.D. 1813)

Ch. 706 - An Act To Improve the Operations of the Department of Corrections and the Safety of State Correctional Facilities. (H.P. 1286, L.D. 1764)

Ch. 707 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Management and Incarceration of Prisoners. (H.P. 1382, L.D. 1856)

Ch. 708 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (H.P. 1419, L.D. 1917)

Ch. 709 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Committee To Study Compliance with Maine's Freedom of Access Laws. (H.P. 1456, L.D. 1957)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Ch. 710 - An Act To Promote Economic Growth by Retaining Engineers in Maine. (S.P. 334, L.D. 993)

Ch. 711 - An Act To Further Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Management and Incarceration of Prisoners and the Recommendations of the Commission To Improve Community Safety and Sex Offender Accountability. (H.P. 1409, L.D. 1903)

Ch. 712 - An Act To Reduce the Cost of Local Government through Increased State Education Funding and Provide Property Tax Relief. (S.P. 761, L.D. 1924) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Ch. 48 - An Act To Provide Funding for Court Security. (S.P. 390, L.D. 1186)

Ch. 49 - An Act To Support the Kennebec-Chaudiere International Corridor. (S.P. 373, L.D. 1149)

Ch. 50 - An Act To Support the New Century Community Program. (H.P. 1309, L.D. 1787)

Ch. 51 - An Act To Appropriate Funds for World War II and Korean War Memorial Plaques in the Hall of Flags. (H.P. 1367, L.D. 1841)

Ch. 52 - 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) (S.P. 771, L.D. 1937)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Ch. 53 - An Act To Support the Regional Library System. (H.P. 222, L.D. 279)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Ch. 143 - Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Scope and Quality of Citizenship Education. (H.P. 1417, L.D. 1915)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 10, 2004

Ch. 144 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 23: Standards for Timber Harvesting To Substantially Eliminate Liquidation Harvesting, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Conservation. (H.P. 1466, L.D. 1962)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Ch. 145 - Resolve, To Renew the Veterans' Emergency Assistance Program. (S.P. 350, L.D. 1021)

Ch. 146 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Estate in Presque Isle, Known as the "Aroostook Residential Center". (H.P. 1307, L.D. 1785)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Ch. 147 - Resolve, to Fund Scholarships to the Seeds of Peace Camp. (H.P. 55, L.D. 47)

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.

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.

INTERIM STUDIES

Recodification of Title 7 (Joint Order S.P. 586)

Commission to Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Management and Incarceration of Prisoners (Chapter 707, Public Laws of 2003) (continuation)

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

Maine Drug Return Implementation Group (Chapter 679, Public Laws of 2003)

Health and Human Services Committee Review of the Establishment of the Department of Health and Human Services (Chapter 689, Public Laws of 2003)

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

Committee to Study Compliance with the Freedom of Access Laws (Chapter 709, Public Laws of 2003) (continuation)

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) (continuation)

Citizen Trade Policy Commission (Chapter 699, Public Laws of 2003)

Intergovernmental Advisory Group (Chapter 696, Public Laws of 2003)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the Second Regular Session of the 121st Legislature became effective April 30, 2004. Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the Second Special Session of the 121st Legislature become effective July 30, 2004. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.