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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Joseph W. Mayo, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXV, No. 24

Monday, June 21, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 9, 1999

Ch. 433 - An Act to Amend the Laws Prohibiting Terrorizing. (H.P. 69, L.D. 82)

Ch. 434 - An Act to Establish the Crime of Aggravated Criminal Trespass. (S.P. 110, L.D. 307)

Ch. 435 - An Act to Protect Victims of Crimes in the Workplace. (H.P. 688, L.D. 944)

Ch. 436 - An Act to Amend Maine's Boating Laws Pertaining to Noise Limits on Watercraft. (S.P. 240, L.D. 662)

Ch. 437 - An Act to Create the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (S.P. 597, L.D. 1721)

Ch. 438 - An Act to Remove the Statute of Limitations for Unlawful Sexual Contact and Sexual Abuse of Minors. (H.P. 1412, L.D. 2019)

Ch. 439 - An Act to Amend the Requirements of Full-time Students for State-funding Purposes. (H.P. 573, L.D. 813)

Ch. 440 - An Act to Provide for Citizen Participation in the Hancock County Budget. (H.P. 716, L.D. 1006)

Ch. 441 - An Act to Support the Graduate Education of Speech Pathologists for Maine Schools. (S.P. 703, L.D. 1978)

Ch. 442 - An Act to Increase the Requirement that Drugs be Confiscated from 48 Hours to 6 Months. (H.P. 963, L.D. 1361)

Ch. 443 - An Act to Provide for the 1999 and 2000 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 417, L.D. 1206)

Ch. 444 - An Act to Criminalize Internet Dissemination of Child Pornography. (H.P. 1116, L.D. 1575)

Ch. 445 - An Act to Expand Membership on the Maine Tourism Commission. (S.P. 824, L.D. 2227)

Ch. 446 - An Act to Improve Access to Electronic Filing for Businesses. (S.P. 77, L.D. 180)

Ch. 447 - An Act to Enhance the Marketing and Promotion Capabilities of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (S.P. 138, L.D. 374)

Ch. 448 - An Act to Improve the Effectiveness of the Driver Education and Evaluation Programs. (H.P. 1546, L.D. 2202)

Ch. 449 - An Act to Include the Income of a Lessee for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility in Farm and Open Space Tax Laws. (H.P. 1077, L.D. 1524)

Ch. 450 - An Act to Improve the State's Democracy by Increasing Access to the Ballot and Other Election Processes. (S.P. 217, L.D. 639)

Ch. 451 - An Act to Enhance Communications Between the Department of Corrections, the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Agencies. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1518, L.D. 2166)

Ch. 452 - An Act to Enhance Maine's Relationship with Aomori, Japan by Hosting a Cultural Exchange. (S.P. 69, L.D. 172)

Ch. 453 - An Act to Redefine Trafficking and Furnishing of Heroin in Terms of the Amount of the Drug Possessed. (H.P. 1404, L.D. 2009)

Ch. 454 - An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 847, L.D. 2247) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 10, 1999

Ch. 455 - An Act to Amend the Crime of Theft by Deception to Include False Impressions as to Identity. (S.P. 228, L.D. 650)

Ch. 456 - An Act to Amend the Maine Tort Claims Act. (H.P. 825, L.D. 1148)

Ch. 457 - An Act to Increase the Deer Hunting Day by 15 Minutes. (H.P. 30, L.D. 39)

Ch. 458 - An Act to Increase the Sanctions for Criminal Mischief Within a Correctional Facility. (H.P. 341, L.D. 457)

Ch. 459 - An Act Concerning Corrections Employees. (S.P. 455, L.D. 1330)

Ch. 460 - An Act to Amend the Liability Limit under the Maine Tort Claims Act. (H.P. 1118, L.D. 1577)

Ch. 461 - An Act to Increase Access to Basic Needs for Low-income Maine Children and Families. (S.P. 657, L.D. 1879)

Ch. 462 - An Act to Provide Equity for Veterans of the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf Conflict. (S.P. 692, L.D. 1938)

Ch. 463 - An Act to Require That Both the Northern Maine Regional Juvenile Detention Facility and the Maine Youth Center Receive Detainees. (H.P. 984, L.D. 1382)

Ch. 464 - An Act to Address the Solvency of the Unemployment Compensation Fund. (H.P. 1372, L.D. 1970)

Ch. 465 - An Act to Enhance the Payment Options for Certain Employers. (H.P. 214, L.D. 292)

Ch. 466 - An Act to Change the Minimum Time for Issuing a Temporary Registered Gross Weight Increase from 2 Months to One Month. (H.P. 410, L.D. 552)

Ch. 467 - An Act to Secure Wounded Deer. (H.P. 181, L.D. 259)

Ch. 468 - An Act to Consolidate Traffic Movement Permits within the Department of Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 756, L.D. 2132)

Ch. 469 - An Act to Improve the Collection of Restitution. (S.P. 268, L.D. 761)

Ch. 470 - An Act to Amend Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 587, L.D. 1667)

Ch. 471 - An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding when A Merchant Must Remit Sales Tax. (H.P. 306, L.D. 422)

Ch. 472 - An Act to Increase Load Weight on Farm Vehicles. (H.P. 1443, L.D. 2064)

Ch. 473 - An Act to Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2000 and June 30, 2001. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 690, L.D. 957) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 11, 1999

Ch. 474 - An Act to Promote Ethanol Production as Alternative Fuel. (H.P. 1032, L.D. 1454)

Ch. 475 - An Act to Encourage Contributions to Family Development Account Reserve Funds. (S.P. 186, L.D. 579)

Ch. 476 - An Act to Require Disclosures in Connection with Transfers of Residential Property. (H.P. 1368, L.D. 1966)

Ch. 477 - An Act to Encourage Support of Passamaquoddy Tribal Government Through On-reservation Business Activities. (H.P. 739, L.D. 1029)

Ch. 478 - An Act Concerning the Regulation and Treatment of Time-shares. (H.P. 1333, L.D. 1916)

Ch. 479 - An Act to Designate December 3rd as Organ Donor Awareness Day. (S.P. 834, L.D. 2234)

Ch. 480 - An Act to Give Citizens 70 Years of Age and Older Free Bear and Duck Hunters Stamps. (H.P. 171, L.D. 249)

Ch. 481 - An Act to Raise Penalties for Cases of Cruelty to Animals or Birds. (H.P. 903, L.D. 1281)

Ch. 482 - An Act to Amend the Harness Racing Laws. (H.P. 1276, L.D. 1837)

Ch. 483 - An Act Relating to Medicaid Liens. (H.P. 1176, L.D. 1687)

Ch. 484 - An Act to Retain Jobs at Paper Production Facilities in the State. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 816, L.D. 2222)

Ch. 485 - An Act to Provide Tax-exempt Status to Organizations That Teach Reading. (H.P. 271, L.D. 379)

Ch. 486 - An Act to Adopt the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. (H.P. 316, L.D. 432)

Ch. 487 - An Act to Ameliorate Penalties for Late Filing of Municipal Tax Returns. (S.P. 198, L.D. 587)

Ch. 488 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Study Telecommunications Taxation. (H.P. 807, L.D. 1130)

Ch. 489 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relative to Vesting in the Maine State Retirement System and to Protect Retirement Benefits Once the Right to those Benefits has Attached. (H.P. 189, L.D. 267)

Ch. 490 - An Act to Allow Student License Holders to Become Eligible for Commercial Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses. (H.P. 948, L.D. 1345)

Ch. 491 - An Act to Establish a License for the Marine Shrimp Fishery. (S.P. 649, L.D. 1829)

Ch. 492 - An Act to Increase the Length of Probation for a Person Convicted of Domestic Violence. (H.P. 381, L.D. 512)

Ch. 493 - An Act to Expand the Uniform 1998 Special Retirement Plan to Include Baxter State Park Authority Rangers, Fire Marshals and Certain Additional Correctional Employees. (H.P. 978, L.D. 1376)

Ch. 494 - An Act to Extend the Maine Residents Property Tax Program to Persons Living in Subsidized Housing Who Receive Certain Disability Payments. (H.P. 811, L.D. 1134)

Ch. 495 - An Act to Amend the Qualifications for Participation in the High School Aspirations Incentives Program. (H.P. 762, L.D. 1085)

Ch. 496 - An Act to Establish the Maine Dental Education Loan Program. (H.P. 1367, L.D. 1965)

Ch. 497 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Aroostook Water and Soil Management Board and to Provide Funding for a Low-flow Study. (S.P. 430, L.D. 1267)

Ch. 498 - An Act to Clarify the Equine Activity Law. (S.P. 749, L.D. 2108)

Ch. 499 - An Act to Create a Sales Tax Exemption for Child Abuse and Neglect Councils, Child Advocacy Organizations and Community Action Agencies. (H.P. 976, L.D. 1374)

Ch. 500 - An Act to Amend the Water Quality Laws to Establish a New Standard for Mercury Discharges. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 716, L.D. 2038)

Ch. 501 - An Act to Provide for Management of the Harvest of Seaweed. (S.P. 392, L.D. 1171)

Ch. 502 - An Act to Clarify the Sales Tax Exemption for Food Service in Educational Institutions. (S.P. 534, L.D. 1596)

Ch. 503 - An Act to Amend Criminal Law Procedures Regarding Defendants Found Incompetent to Stand Trial. (H.P. 1076, L.D. 1523)

Ch. 504 - An Act to Encourage Economic Development in the State. (S.P. 315, L.D. 949)

Ch. 505 - An Act to Assist in the Cleanup of the Town of Wells Maine Waste Oil Site. (H.P. 1141, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 506 - An Act to Ensure that Displaced Workers Have Access to Appropriate Job Training, Education and Employment Services through a Peer Support Program. (S.P. 594, L.D. 1718)

Ch. 507 - An Act to Amend the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 776, L.D. 2175)

Ch. 508 - An Act to Limit Entry into the Lobster Fishery by Zone. (H.P. 1386, L.D. 1992)

Ch. 509 - An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the State Compensation Commission. (S.P. 770, L.D. 2168)

Ch. 510 - An Act to Make Additional Corrections of Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1605, L.D. 2252)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Ch. 511 - An Act to Establish the Endowment Incentive Fund. (H.P. 77, L.D. 90)

Ch. 512 - An Act to Amend the Law Governing the Confidentiality of Health Care Information. (H.P. 1156, L.D. 1653)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 9, 1999

Ch. 31 - An Act to Allow the Town of Madrid to Deorganize. (S.P. 330, L.D. 984)

Ch. 32 - An Act Relating to Tree Growth Reimbursement. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 867, L.D. 1224)

Ch. 33 - An Act to Promote Research and Development Activities in Maine. (H.P. 1598, L.D. 2243)

Ch. 34 - An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excepted from Collective Bargaining for the Judicial Branch. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 848, L.D. 2248) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 10, 1999

Ch. 35 - An Act to Create a Seamless Treatment Plan for the Adult Offender with Substance Abuse Problems. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 621, L.D. 861)

Ch. 36 - An Act to Authorize York County to Hold Bond Referenda for New County Facilities. (H.P. 1533, L.D. 2186)

Ch. 37 - An Act to Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount $56,042,031 to Match Available Federal Funds for Improvements to Highways and Bridges, Airports and State-owned Ferry Facilities; Development of Rail Corridors and Marine Infrastructure; and Replacement of Public Transportation Fleets Statewide. (S.P. 740, L.D. 2089) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 38 - An Act Relating to the Kennebec Regional Development Authority. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 807, L.D. 2219)

Ch. 39 - An Act to Promote Participation in the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (H.P. 1527, L.D. 2180)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 11, 1999

Ch. 40 - An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $26,420,000 for Maine's 7 Technical Colleges. (H.P. 451, L.D. 614)

Ch. 41 - An Act to Fund Maine Agricultural Education Programs. (H.P. 407, L.D. 549)

Ch. 42 - An Act to Provide Funding for the Education Research Institute. (H.P. 820, L.D. 1143)

Ch. 43 - An Act to Appropriate $50,000 for the Muskie Memorial Committee in Rumford. (S.P. 35, L.D. 45)

Ch. 44 - An Act to Enhance Senior Volunteerism in Maine. (S.P. 98, L.D. 237)

Ch. 45 - An Act to Promote the Cranberry Industry and to Encourage Cultivation of Cranberries in the State. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 587, L.D. 827)

Ch. 46 - An Act to Allow Certain Companies' Operations that Started in 1996 to Qualify for Employment Tax Increment Financing Treatment. (S.P. 208, L.D. 597)

Ch. 47 - An Act to Provide Funding for the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery. (H.P. 579, L.D. 819)

Ch. 48 - An Act to Implement Funding the Recommendations of the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness and Housing Opportunities in the November 1997 Task Force Report. (H.P. 1471, L.D. 2111)

Ch. 49 - An Act to Provide Funds for a National World War II Memorial in Washington. (H.P. 1476, L.D. 2116)

Ch. 50 - An Act to Provide Funding for the Advisory Commission on Women Veterans. (H.P. 732, L.D. 1022)

Ch. 51 - An Act to Provide Additional Funding for the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. (H.P. 944, L.D. 1341)

Ch. 52 - An Act to Fund Training Programs for Water Pollution Control Facility Operators. (S.P. 845, L.D. 2244)

Ch. 53 - An Act to Increase the Availability of Prescription Drugs for the State's Elderly. (H.P. 228, L.D. 332)

Ch. 54 - An Act to Increase the Appropriation to the Saco River Corridor Commission. (H.P. 155, L.D. 217)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Ch. 55 - An Act to Appropriate Funds for Acquisitions for the Maine State Library and for Library Resource Sharing. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 374, L.D. 499)

Ch. 56 - An Act to Fund Public School Alliances. (H.P. 474, L.D. 681)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 9, 1999

Ch. 55 - Resolve, to Help Homeless Young People Returning to Home or Safe Living Situations. (H.P. 1528, L.D. 2181)

Ch. 56 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Waterville; Part of the Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta; Part of the Maine Youth Center in South Portland; and 2 parcels in Gray near the Pineland Center and to Purchase Land for Wetland Mitigation Purposes in Connection with the Construction of the Maine State Prison at Warren. (H.P. 1203, L.D. 1713)

Ch. 57 - Resolve, Regarding the Conveyance of a Right-of-way Across the Elizabeth Levinson Center in Bangor. (S.P. 620, L.D. 1785)

Ch. 58 - Resolve, to Establish a Police Cadet Program for the State, Municipal and County Law Enforcement Agencies. (H.P. 988, L.D. 1386)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, Authorizing the Knox County Commissioners to Borrow Not More than $1,000,000 for Construction or Renovation of a District Court and Office Areas in Knox County. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 703, L.D. 970)

Ch. 60 - Resolve, for Laying of the County Taxes and Authorizing Expenditures of Androscoggin County for the Year 1999. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1603, L.D. 2249)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 10, 1999

Ch. 61 - Resolve, to Preserve the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Block Grant Funds Reserved for Future Use. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 396, L.D. 1187)

Ch. 62 - Resolve, to Require the Development of a Basic Needs Budget. (H.P. 1258, L.D. 1812)

Ch. 64 - Resolve, to Review Traffic Congestion Including Truck Traffic along the Route 1 York Corridor and Route 236 Corridor. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 571, L.D. 1638)

Ch. 65 - Resolve, to Create the Commission to Study the Enhancement of Fire Protection Services throughout the State. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1017, L.D. 1428)

Ch. 66 - Resolve, to Create the Business Advisory Commission on Quality Child Care Financing. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 486, L.D. 1446)

Ch. 67 - Resolve, to Establish a Commission to Encourage Incorporations in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 697, L.D. 1972)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 11, 1999

Ch. 68 - Resolve, to Provide for the Implementation of a Maine Meat Inspection Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 780, L.D. 2190)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, to Establish a Task Force to Study Limited Entry in the Shrimp Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1079, L.D. 1526)

Ch. 70 - Resolve, to Study the Changes in Lobster Morbidity and Mortality. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 501, L.D. 1502)

Ch. 71 - Resolve, to Establish the John H. Reed-Kenneth M. Curtis Peace Fellowship. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 789, L.D. 2201)

Ch. 72 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Sections 61, 62, 63, 68, 69 and 73 of 10-149, Chapter 5: Bureau of Elder and Adult Services Policy Manual, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1572, L.D. 2220)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Ch. 73 - Resolve, to Increase Access to Medicaid for People who Need Psychological Services. (H.P. 447, L.D. 610)

(Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 126, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1999

L.D. 2255, H.P. 1612
An Act to Make Corrections to Laws Recently Enacted by the 119th Legislature. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 2256, H.P. 1613
An Act to Conform the Tax Laws of this State for 1998 With the United States Internal Revenue Code. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 2257, S.P. 859
An Act to Update the Statutes of the Maine Conservation Corps. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 2258, H.P. 1615
An Act to Improve Financing Opportunities for the Cranberry Industry. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1611.)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, Third Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@state.me.us. Please include your mailing address as we can not yet mail bill text electronically.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site /legis - choose "Session Information" to go to the list of available bills. New bills are added every couple of days.