LD 29

An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Reduce the Burden of Home Heating Costs on Low-income Households

 

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H-48

LD 29 proposed to implement the recommendations of the Task Force to Reduce the Burden of Home Heating Costs on Low-income Households established in the Second Regular Session of the 119th Legislature by Resolve 1999, chapter 132. The bill proposed to:

1. Establish a summer "fill" program to provide low-income households that are eligible for fuel assistance through the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with an initial supply of fuel;

2. Require the Maine State Housing Authority to identify the most effective way to provide adequate funding of the anticipated 25% nonfederal share of the weatherization program;

3. Establish a program funded by a bond issue to allow low-income and middle-income citizens to obtain low-interest loans or grants for energy conservation improvements;

4. Require the Maine State Housing Authority and the State Planning Office to investigate the possibility of establishing a separate Office of Energy Conservation within the Maine State Housing Authority;

5. Require the Maine State Housing Authority to annually for 3 years investigate the possibility of increasing the percentage of LIHEAP funds for weatherization services;

6. Require the Public Utilities Commission to monitor the effects of interruptible gas services on the supply and price of home heating oil; and

7. Require the State Planning Office to conduct a study to determine whether the State of Maine can reduce its per capita residential energy consumption by 25% by 2011.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-48) proposed to authorize the Maine Rainy Day Fund to be used to provide a working capital advance to the Fuel Assistance Reserve Fund in the event a General Fund unappropriated surplus is not available for that purpose. It also proposed to require the Maine State Housing Authority to study fixed-price fuel oil contracts for fuel assistance recipients and to require the Maine State Housing Authority and Finance Authority of Maine to fund a program that provides low-interest loans or grants to moderate-income Maine citizens through the issuance of private activity bonds. The amendment also proposed to reduce the amount of general obligation bonds proposed to be issued to fund low-interest loans or grants for energy conservation for low-income citizens from $8,000,000 to $5,000,000. It proposed to amend the wording of a proposed referendum question to be submitted to the voters of Maine to reflect the lowered bond issue amount. It also proposed to eliminate from the original bill a proposal to establish an Office of Energy Conservation within the Maine State Housing Authority. Finally, the amendment proposed to delete a requirement that the Public Utilities Commission monitor the effects of interruptible gas services on the supply and price of home heating oil in Maine and to change various reporting deadlines for reports to the 120th Legislature.

Although many of the provisions of LD 29, as amended, were incorporated into the Part 2 budget (LD 855, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part GG), the bill was nevertheless carried over to the Second Regular Session for additional consideration by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.

LD 39

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $9,000,000 to Purchase School Buses for Public Schools

ONTP

 

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MCALEVEY

ONTP

 

TARAZEWICH

   

LD 39 proposed that bonds be issued in the amount of $9,000,000 to be used to purchase school buses for Maine's public schools. Proceeds of the bond issue would be disbursed over a 3-year period. The bill also proposed to require the Department of Education to adopt rules to determine the criteria for bus replacement that require, at a minimum, that buses that are to be replaced must be at least 10 years old and have mileage in excess of 150,000 miles.

LD 42

An Act to Fund the Endowment Incentive Fund

CARRIED OVER

 

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BAKER

 

H-371

CATHCART

   

LD 42 proposed an appropriation of $14,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Endowment Incentive Fund to match qualified private donations for academic purposes at the University of Maine System, the Maine Technical College System and the Maine Maritime Academy.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-371) proposed to reduce the amount of the General Fund appropriation from $14,000,000 to $100,000

LD 42 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 47

An Act to Improve the Navigational Aids Program

ONTP

 

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FULLER

ONTP MAJ

 

GAGNON

OTP-AM MIN

 

LD 47 proposed to allocate funds from the Boating Facilities Fund for an additional supervisor and seasonal assistant positions in the navigational aids program in the Department of Conservation.

LD 60

An Act to Require Full Funding of the State's Share of General Purpose Aid

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BAKER

ONTP

 

CATHCART

   

LD 60 proposed to require that the state share of actual local program costs of school administrative units be fully funded by specifying that the subsidy percentage reduction percentages for all program costs are 0% beginning in fiscal year 2001-02 rather than in fiscal year 2002-03 as provided under current law. This bill also proposed an additional amount of General Fund appropriations for the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program to fully fund the state share of actual local program costs.

LD 79

An Act to Reinstate Tax Deductibility of Qualified Long-term Care Insurance

 

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KANE

 

H-432

GAGNON

   

LD 79 proposed to repeal, retroactive to January 1, 2000, changes that were made to the income tax deduction and credit for long-term care insurance premiums by restoring a requirement repealed in 1999 that eligible policies be certified by the Superintendent of Insurance.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-432) proposed to extend the income tax deduction and credit for federally qualified long-term care insurance to include policies certified by the Superintendent of Insurance.

LD 79 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. When removed from the Appropriations Table, this bill was committed to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 97

An Act to Provide Funding for the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery

 

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ETNIER

OTP

 

SHOREY

   

LD 97 proposed to appropriate $15,000 to the Department of Marine Resources in each of fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 for the establishment of a grant to the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center to support outreach activities at the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery.

The provisions of this bill were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439 Part JJ. See LD 855.

LD 136

An Act to Increase the Adult Education State Subsidy by a Specific Percentage

 

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MICHAUD MH

ONTP

 

BRUNO

   

LD 136 proposed to appropriate funds to increase the state adult education subsidy by 6% for each year of the 2002-2003 biennium.

LD 146

An Act to Promote High Technology Training Programs in Maine Schools

 

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MENDROS

ONTP

 

LD 146 proposed to appropriate $100,000 to the Department of Education in fiscal year 2001-02 to develop a grant program for schools with innovative plans to bring technology into the school.

LD 185

An Act to Improve Employment and Postsecondary Education Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities Exiting Maine's High Schools

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

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BERRY R

OTP

 

DAGGETT

   

LD 185 proposed a General Fund appropriation of $200,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Education to allow the Committee on Transition to assist public schools to reach compliance with state and federal transition requirements as they relate to learning results and postsecondary outcomes for youth with disabilities.

An appropriation of $200,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 for the Committee on Transition was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part MM. See LD 855.

LD 205

An Act to Provide Continued Funding for the Maine Airs Program

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

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MAYO

OTP-AM

H-268

DAGGETT

   

LD 205 proposed to appropriate $45,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Labor for the continuation of the Maine Airs program through the Iris Network for people who are blind or visually impaired and other people who are unable to access printed information due to a disability.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-268) proposed to clarify that funding is to be provided on an on-going basis.

An appropriation of $35,000 in each year of the biennium of on-going funding for the Maine Airs program was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part AAAAA. See LD 855.

LD 210

An Act to Fund the Maine Biomedical Research Program

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

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GOLDTHWAIT

OTP-AM

S-210

BRUNO

   

LD 210 proposed an appropriation of $10,000,000 in each year of the biennium to the Maine Biomedical Research Fund to support biomedical research in Maine.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-210) proposed to reduce the appropriation of funds to $6,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the Maine Biomedical Research Fund to support biomedical research in Maine

An appropriation of $2,150,000 to the Maine Biomedical Research Fund in fiscal year 2001-02 was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part WWWW. See LD 855.

LD 211

An Act to Increase Health Insurance Benefits for Retired Teachers

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

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CATHCART

OTP-AM

S-152

BELANGER

   

LD 211 proposed to increase the State's contribution for health insurance for retired educators from 30% of the member's share to 40% beginning January 1, 2002 and to 50% beginning January 1, 2003.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-152) proposed to add an appropriation section to the bill.

Provisions were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part PP increasing the state share of retired teachers health insurance from 30% to 35% beginning July 1, 2002 and requiring that a retired teacher have 5 years of creditable service to be eligible for group health insurance coverage. See LD 855.

LD 223

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide for Protected Reserve Funds

 

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MILLS

ONTP

 

LD 223 proposed to amend the Maine Constitution to permit the Legislature to create reserve funds to provide for capital improvements, to fulfill long-range goals or to meet fiscal contingencies of State Government. When carried over from one Legislature to another, a reserve fund could not be spent for any purpose other than that for which the fund was expressly created unless another purpose is approved by a vote of 3/5 of both Houses of the Legislature.

LD 224

An Act to Reinstate Emergency Assistance for Veterans

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

OTP-AM

S-209

WINSOR

   

LD 224 proposed to appropriate $200,000 in each year of the biennium to restore funding for aid to veterans and their dependents in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 37-B, section 505.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-209) proposed to repeal the existing statute regarding financial assistance to veterans and their dependents and replace it with new language that expands the eligibility criteria and streamlines the benefit payment process and to appropriate funds for administrative costs.

The provisions of Committee Amendment "A" with a nonlapsing appropriation for fiscal year 2001-02 only were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part QQ. See LD 855.

LD 226

An Act to Fund Community Health Access Programs

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsor(s)

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OTP-AM

H-698

LD 226 proposed to establish the nonlapsing Affordable Health Care Fund and appropriate to it $1.5 million in fiscal year 2001-02 to provide subsidies for individuals enrolled in community health access programs.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-69) proposed to reduce the appropriation to the Affordable Health Care Fund to $100,000.

Although this bill died on the Appropriations Table, the establishment of the Affordable Health Care Fund was included in Public Law 2001, chapter 450, "An Act to Increase Access to Health Care" with a nonlapsing one-time appropriation of $50,000 in fiscal year 2001-02.

LD 228

An Act to Create the Maine EPSCoR Capacity Fund

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

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TESSIER

OTP-AM

H-479

GOLDTHWAIT

   

LD 228 proposed to appropriate $3,000,000 in each year of the biennium to the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to be used as the state match requirement for the Maine Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a federal and state partnership that builds research infrastructure in states.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-479) proposed to reduce the appropriation to the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to $1,000,000 in each year of the biennium and to establish the Maine EPSCoR Capacity Fund in statute to be used to match successful EPSCoR awards

Provisions were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part RR to establish the Maine EPSCoR Capacity Fund in statute and to appropriate $300,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine Science and Technology Foundation for the purposes specified in the original bill. See LD 855.

LD 231

An Act to Provide Funding to the Maine Maritime Academy for the Small Vessel Endowment Fund

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

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MCKENNEY

OTP-AM

H-104

SAWYER

   

LD 231 proposed to appropriate $500,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine Maritime Academy to be used for maintenance and preservation costs of the schooner Bowdoin and to be matched by private contributions for the same purpose.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-104) proposed to appropriate $100,000 on a one-time basis in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine Maritime Academy's Small Vessel Endowment Fund, for which the academy would be required to raise private contributions on a 2-for-1 basis to supplement the appropriation.

Provisions were included in the Part 2 budget, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part SS to appropriate $50,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine Maritime Academy's Small Vessel Endowment Fund to require 2 for 1 matching private funds. See LD 855.

LD 262

An Act to Make Additional Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2001

PUBLIC 1
EMERGENCY

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BERRY R

OTP-AM

H-7

GOLDTHWAIT

   

PART A proposed:

1. Supplemental appropriations from the General Fund.

2. Supplemental allocations from the Federal Expenditures Fund.

3. Supplemental allocations from Other Special Revenue funds.

PART B proposed:

1. Appropriations from the General Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

2. Allocations from the Highway Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

3. Allocations from the Federal Expenditures Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

4. Allocations from Other Special Revenue funds for approved reclassifications and range changes.

5. Allocations from the Federal Block Grant Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

PART C proposed to:

1. Amend the law to authorize transfers from the Maine Rainy Day Fund.

2. Authorize the transfer of funds from General Fund unappropriated surplus to the General Fund "Capital Construction/Repairs/Improvements - Administration" account in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

3. Authorize the transfer of funds from the Salary Plan program in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to the Department of Corrections.

4. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to implement tax revenue maximization initiatives.

5. Authorize the transfer of funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine.

PART D proposed to authorize the Department of Corrections to transfer funds by financial order to pay authorized labor market adjustments for teachers at the Northern Maine Juvenile Detention Facility.

PART E proposed to amend Public Law 1999, chapter 401, Part DDD, section 1, as it pertains to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

PART F proposed to authorize the transfer of funds from the Bureau of Medical Services, Federal Expenditures Fund account in the Department of Human Services.

PART G proposed to authorize the transfer of funds from the General Fund unappropriated surplus to the Carrying Balances - Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

PART H proposed to repeal the law as it pertains to the sawmill biomass tax credit.

PART I proposed to

1. Authorize the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to seek reimbursement of expenditures under Medicaid Title XIX for targeted case management.

2. Authorize the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to transfer funds by financial order for the payment of overtime expenses.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-7)

This amendment proposed to do the following:

PART A proposed to:

1. Make supplemental appropriations from the General Fund.

2. Make supplemental allocations from the Federal Expenditures Fund.

3. Make supplemental allocations from Other Special Revenue funds.

4. Make supplemental allocations from the Federal Block Grant Fund.

PART B proposed to:

1. Make appropriations from the General Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

2. Make allocations from the Highway Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

3. Make allocations from the Federal Expenditures Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

4. Make allocations from Other Special Revenue funds for approved reclassifications and range changes.

5. Make allocations from the Federal Block Grant Fund for approved reclassifications and range changes.

PART C proposed to:

1. Authorize the transfer of funds from the Salary Plan program in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to the Department of Corrections.

2. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to implement tax revenue maximization initiatives.

3. Authorize the transfer of funds from the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund to the unallocated surplus of the Highway Fund.

4. Authorize limited-period positions within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to continue work on the statewide E-9-1-1 project.

PART D proposed to authorize the Department of Corrections to transfer funds by financial order to pay authorized labor market adjustments for teachers at the Northern Maine Juvenile Detention Facility.

PART E proposed to amend Public Law 1999, chapter 731, Part DDD, section 1, and Public Law 1999, chapter 401, Part II, section 2 regarding a working capital advance and an appropriation to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

PART F proposed to:

1. Transfer funds from the Bureau of Medical Services, Federal Expenditures Fund account in the Department of Human Services to the General Fund.

2. Transfer earned federal matching funds from Medicaid eligible expenditures in the Department of Human Services to the General Fund.

PART G proposed to authorize the transfer of funds from the General Fund unappropriated surplus to the Carrying Balances - Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

PART H proposed to:

1. Authorize the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to seek reimbursement of expenditures under Medicaid Title XIX for targeted case management.

2. Authorize the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to transfer funds by financial order for the payment of overtime expenses.

3. Require the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to report back to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on transfers by financial order for the payment of overtime expenses.

PART I proposed to authorize the Department of Transportation to carry forward funds appropriated for the Administration - Aeronautics program and the Railroad Assistance Program to June 30, 2002.

PART J proposed to authorize the transfer of unexpended funds in any account administered by the Legislature to be used to support legislative activities.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 1 is the "Emergency Budget Bill" for fiscal year 2000-01. It contains the following provisions.

Part

Section

Issue

     

A

A-1

Supplemental General Fund Appropriations

 

A-2

Supplemental Federal Expenditures Fund Allocations

 

A-3

Supplemental Other Special Revenue funds Allocations

 

A-4

Supplemental Federal Block Grant Fund Allocations

     

B

B-1

General Fund Appropriations for Reclassifications

 

B-2

Highway Fund Allocations for Reclassifications

 

B-3

Federal Expenditures Fund Allocations for Reclassifications

 

B-4

Other Special Revenue funds Allocations for Reclassifications

 

B-5

Federal Block Grant Fund Allocations for Reclassifications

     

C

C-1

Authorizes a transfer from the Salary Plan to the Dept. of Corrections

   

for approved upgrades of employees in adult corrections

 

C-2

Authorizes tax revenue maximization initiatives

 

C-3

Requires transfer of an amount not to exceed $500,000 from the General

   

Fund unappropriated surplus to the Highway Fund by June 30, 2001

 

C-4

Authorizes the establishment of 8 limited-period positions to continue

   

work on the statewide E-911 project

D

D-1

Authorizes the Department of Corrections to transfer funds by financial

   

order to pay teachers at Northern Maine Juvenile Facility

     

E

E-1

Provides an extension for the repayment of a working capital advance by

   

the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management

 

E-2

Provides an extension to the transfer of revenue from the Veterans' Services

   

program, Federal Expenditures Fund related to expansion of the Veterans'

   

Memorial Cemetery

     

F

F-1

Authorizes a transfer of Federal Expenditure Funds from the Bureau of

   

Medical Services to the General Fund

 

F-2

Authorizes a transfer from earned federal matching funds from Medicaid

   

eligible expenditures to the General Fund

     

G

G-1

Authorizes the transfer of funds from the General Fund unappropriated

   

surplus to the Carrying Balances program of the Dept. of Inland Fisheries

   

and Wildlife

     

H

H-1

Authorizes the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and

   

Substance Abuse Services to seek reimbursement for Medicaid

   

expenditures

 

H-2

Authorizes the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and

   

Substance Abuse Services to transfer funds by financial order for

   

overtime expenses.

 

H-3

Requires Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance

   

Abuse to report on all transfers pursuant to section H-2.

     

I

I-1

Requires any unencumbered balance in the Administration - Aeronautics

   

program to be carried forward and a Department of Transportation report

 

I-2

Requires any unencumbered balance in the Railroad Assistance Program

   

to be carried forward and a Department of Transportation report

     

J

J-1

Permits the unexpended balance of any appropriation or allocation

   

in any account administered by the Legislature to be transferred to be

   

used to support activities of the Legislature

LD 283

An Act to Require First Responders to Carry and Administer Epinephrine Autoinjectors

 

ONTP

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TRAHAN

ONTP

 

KILKELLY

   

LD 283 proposed a General Fund appropriation of $15,535 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $12,810 in fiscal year 2002-03 for the Department of Public Safety to purchase bee sting kits for first responders and to provide the necessary training to administer epinephrine.

LD 300

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003

 

PUBLIC 358
EMERGENCY

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

OTP-AM

    H-55

GOLDTHWAIT

 

    S-256 MICHAUD MH

   

    S-260 SMALL

PART A proposed appropriations and allocations of funds.

PART B proposed appropriations and allocation of funds representing reduction proposals or adjustments.

PART C proposed to specify the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools actual education cost certification and appropriation levels for fiscal year 2000-01 as required by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15605.

PART D proposed to:

1. Amend the law to increase the rate of excise tax on cigarettes from 74 to $1 per pack effective November 1, 2001;

2. Amend the law as it relates to the Real Estate Transfer Tax in order to apply the tax to transfers of controlling interests in entities with an interest in real property in the same manner as transfers by deed;

3. Amend the law to enact positive income modifications for individuals and corporations, requiring the add-back of any net operating loss deduction carried back for federal income tax purposes. A corresponding negative income modification for individuals and corporations would allow the deduction of any net operating loss carry-back deduction disallowed;

4. Amend the law to clarify the high-technology investment tax credit by limiting it to designers and producers of computer software and hardware effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2001; and

5. Authorize the Bureau of Revenue Services in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to implement tax revenue compliance initiatives.

PART E proposed to repeal the quality child care credit investment and related provisions in the income and insurance premium taxes retroactively to June 4, 1999.

PART F proposed to amend the law to eliminate the transfer of funds from the Capital Construction/Repairs/Improvements-Administration program within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to the Reserve Fund for State House Preservation and Maintenance.

PART G proposed to continue the voluntary employee incentive program for the 2002-2003 biennium.

PART H proposed to:

1. Increase the statutory amortization schedule for the Maine State Retirement System unfunded actuarial liability from 19 years to 22 years starting in fiscal year 2001-02;

2. Authorize the State Budget Officer to calculate the amount of savings that apply against each affected account and make appropriation and allocation adjustments to those accounts by financial order; and

3. Authorize the State Budget Officer to adjust the employer retirement rates in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 based on the actuarial amounts and rates provided by the Maine State Retirement System.

PART I proposed to amend the law that provided for reimbursement by the State of certain property taxes paid by businesses. Certain property is currently excluded from the program, and, with these changes, certain additional property will be excluded on a prospective basis. Applications for reimbursement would now be made on a single form submitted annually. The Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Fund, a nonlapsing dedicated account, is created in order to administer the program established by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, chapter 915.

PART J proposed to include unallocated language to guide the management of numerous Other Special Revenue, Federal Block Grant funds and enterprise funds.

PART K proposed to:

1. Authorize funds to be transferred from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund;

2. Authorize funds to be transferred from the Bureau of Medical Services, Federal Expenditures Fund in the Department of Human Services to the General Fund; and

3. Authorize funds to be transferred from the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine to the Fund for a Healthy Maine.

PART L proposed to:

1. Lapse funds from the carrying balance program in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to the General Fund;

2. Clarify the nature of funds appropriated to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for search and rescue as it relates to the Constitution of Maine.

PART M proposed to amend the law to provide for the closing of all state-operated liquor stores by October 31, 2001, and the privatization of the sale of liquor in Maine.

PART N proposed to present a comprehensive list of tax expenditures for the consideration of the Legislature.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-55)

PART A proposed to make current services appropriations and allocations and establish certain budgetary constraints for the operation of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003.

PART B proposed to make adjustments to current services appropriations and allocations.

PART C proposed to:

1. Establish the eligibility criteria for the "cushion" funding portion of General Purpose Aid for Local Schools;

2. Set the per pupil guarantee for fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03;

3. Set the statewide local share amount of operating cost allocation for fiscal year 2001-02;

4. Authorize the Commissioner of Education to spend $1,300,000 from adjustments and miscellaneous costs appropriations to assist local school units in implementing learning results;

5. Establish the basic elementary and secondary and foundation per pupil operating rates for General Purpose Aid for Local Schools;

6. Establish the per pupil guarantee and statewide factor for General Purpose Aid for Local Schools;

7. Establish the basic education allocation and appropriation funding levels for fiscal year 2001-02; and

8. Identify the fiscal year 2001-02 and 2002-03 funding levels for the foundation, debt service and adjustments components of General Purpose Aid for Local Schools.

PART D proposed to authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to implement tax revenue compliance initiatives under current tax law.

PART E proposed to eliminate the contingent effective date for the Quality Child Care Tax Credit and eliminated the transfer from the Fund for a Healthy Maine that offsets the General Fund revenue loss.

PART F proposed to eliminate the transfer of funds from the Capital Construction/Repairs/Improvements - Administration program to the Reserve Fund for State House Preservation and Maintenance.

PART G proposed to establish voluntary employee incentive programs.

PART H proposed to authorize transfers from the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03 and allowed the General Fund to retain the interest earnings on the balances in the Maine Rainy Day Fund. It also proposed to increase the amount of the transfers to the Maine Rainy Day Fund at the end of fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03 from 1/2 of excess General Fund revenue to 3/4 of excess General Fund revenue and prohibited transfers of excess revenue to the Retirement Allowance Fund pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 1517.

PART I proposed to change the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement (BETR) to one payment per year.

PART J proposed to permit changes to several dedicated funds and to federal block grant allocations to cover any approved salary plan adjustments and approved reclassifications and range changes. It proposed to restrict use of allocations from the State Alcoholic Beverage Fund and the State Lottery Fund. It proposed to establish guidelines for carrying forward federal block grant funds and to establish guidelines for carrying forward several dedicated environmental funds.

PART K proposed to authorize the transfer of $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $400,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 from one-time enhanced federal matching funds in the Department of Human Services to General Fund unappropriated surplus.

PART L proposed to lapse $1,027,712 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $2,444,416 in fiscal year 2002-03 from the Carrying Balances - Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program to the General Fund. It proposed to provide that appropriations to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife associated with search and rescue are not considered amounts appropriated to the department for purposes of the Constitutional requirement that appropriations to the department may not be less than revenues.

PART M proposed to provide for the closing of state liquor stores.

PART N proposed to present a list of tax expenditures for continuation by the Legislature.

PART O proposed to increase the cigarette tax from 74 cents to $1.00 per pack and reduce the amount of the increase that licensed distributors retain.

PART P proposed to increase the sales tax on prepared food from 5% to 7% and amend the definition of prepared food.

PART Q proposed to restrict the high-technology investment tax credit to computer hardware and software activities and the provision of Internet access and advanced telecommunications services.

PART R proposed to:

1. Repeal the sawmill biomass tax credit;

2. Authorize the carrying forward of balances within certain General Fund programs within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services;

3. Recognize General Fund revenue from the recovery of reserve for accounts receivable; and

4. Recognize General Fund revenue from the sale of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

PART S proposed to authorize the transfer of up to $150,000 of unencumbered General Fund balances in the Harness Racing Commission program in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to the Harness Racing Promotional Fund, Other Special Revenue account.

PART T proposed to:

1. Repeal the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine;

2. Repeal the working capital advance from the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine to the Maine Rx Program;

3. Require the State Treasurer to transfer the balance remaining in the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund on June 30, 2001;

4. Transfer to the General Fund a portion of the estimated year-end balances remaining as of June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003 in the Fund for a Healthy Maine;

5. Transfer a portion of the estimated balance remaining available in the fund from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund as a result of unexpended balances as of June 30, 2001;

6. Transfer unexpended funds in the Tobacco Prevention and Control, Other Special Revenue account in the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health to the General Fund. These funds are not from the Fund for a Healthy Maine;

7. Deallocate the amounts allocated to the biennial reserve to make it available within the Fund for a Healthy Maine; and

8. Deallocate amounts that will not be expended during fiscal year 2000-01 from allocations from the Fund for a Healthy Maine so that they are available for transfer to the General Fund pursuant to section 10 of this Part.

PART U proposed to transfer an available balance in the Federal Expenditures Fund Maximus Fund program to the General Fund. It proposed to clarify that revenue from the hospital assessment collected by the Bureau of Revenue Services and transferred to the Department of Human Services would be deposited as General Fund undedicated revenue and lapse to the General Fund balances related to the hospital assessment in the Department of Human Services.

PART V proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation for the demolition of the State Prison in Thomaston.

PART W proposed to authorize a balance in the Education in Unorganized Territory account within the Department of Education to lapse to the General Fund in fiscal year 2001-02.

PART X proposed to establish the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund within the Department of Economic and Community Development and dedicate a portion of meals and lodging tax collections to this fund to fund the Office of Tourism program.

PART Y proposed to adjust appropriations for the Low-cost Drugs for Maine's Elderly program and proposed to provide funding to establish the Healthy Maine Prescription Program.

House Amendment "A" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-60)

This amendment proposed to remove that part that provides for the closing of state liquor stores.

House Amendment "B" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-61)

This amendment proposed to remove language closing the state liquor stores. It also proposed to transfer funds from the Maine Rainy Day Fund to offset the cost of not closing the state liquor stores.

House Amendment "C" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-62)

This amendment proposed to remove funding for the fingerprinting and background checks of teachers and educational personnel.

House Amendment "D" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-63)

This amendment proposed to remove the Part of the committee amendment that raised the tax on cigarettes.

House Amendment "E" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-64)

This amendment proposed to establish one regional distribution center for liquor in each of the 16 counties of the State.

House Amendment "F" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-65)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Transfer $500,000 from the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund;

2. Deappropriate funding provided for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston; and

3. Provide funding for the federal match for a 3% cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities.

House Amendment "G" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-66)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Strike Part M of the committee amendment, which provides for the closing of state liquor stores;

2. Transfer funds from the Abandoned Property Fund that result from the liquidation of securities held in excess of 3 years; and

3. Deappropriate funds from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund.

House Amendment "H" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-67)

This amendment proposed to increase the State's share of general purpose aid for local schools to reach the statutory intent of 55% of education costs.

House Amendment "I" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-68)

This amendment proposed to repeal the law requiring background checks and fingerprinting of school employees. This amendment also proposed to correct cross-references to the repealed provisions.

This amendment also proposed to remove funding for the fingerprinting and background checks of teachers and educational personnel.

House Amendment "J" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-69)

This amendment proposed to increase funding for General Purpose Aid for Local Schools to "hold harmless" those local school districts that lost funding so that they are funded at the same level as in fiscal year 2000-01. This amendment proposed to transfer the funds for this increase from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment.

House Amendment "K" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-70)

This amendment proposed to increase funding for General Purpose Aid for Local Schools to "hold harmless" those local school districts that lost funding so that they are funded at the same level as in fiscal year 2000-01. This amendment also proposed to transfer the funds for this increase from the Maine Rainy Day Fund.

House Amendment "L" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-71)

1. Proposed to strike the increase in taxes on cigarettes and prepared foods proposed in the committee amendment.

2. Proposed to strike the restriction on the high-technology investment tax credit and repeal the sawmill biomass tax credit proposed in the committee amendment.

3. Proposed to strike the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund created in Committee Amendment "A" because the source of the funding was the increase in taxes on prepared foods.

4. Proposed to increase funding for general purpose aid to local schools by $20,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $25,000,000 in fiscal year 2002-03.

5. Proposed to reduce the appropriations to all state departments and agencies by 5% except for the following accounts: General Purpose Aid to Local Schools, Education in the Unorganized Territory, Debt Service, Teacher Retirement, General Assistance and Medical Care - Payments to Providers. Proposed to place a hiring freeze on all departments and agencies except for those personnel determined by the Governor to be essential to the safety, care and welfare of the people of Maine.

6. Proposed a cost-of-living adjustment to nursing home workers and nursing home residents.

7. Proposed to prohibit the State from paying for any portion of health care coverage provided to unmarried partners of employees of the State.

House Amendment "M" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-72)

This amendment proposed to provide additional funds for a cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities to partially offset funds deappropriated and deallocated in Part B of Committee Amendment "A."

House Amendment "N" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-91)

This amendment proposed to provide a 2nd tier of cushion funding for general purpose aid. The cushion is in addition to any other 2nd tier cushion that may be provided by law. Funding from the cushion would not be available to any school administrative unit that receives more than $400,000 in adjustments to component funding.

House Amendment "O" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-576)

This amendment proposed to amend Part M of the Part I budget, which proposed to close all 27 state liquor stores. This amendment proposed to close 17 stores and maintained 10 to be operated by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations as regional wholesale and retail distribution centers. Under this amendment, the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Liquor Enforcement is authorized to license 6 agency stores in municipalities with a population in excess of 20,000 where a state store has been closed and 3 agency stores in municipalities with a population less than 20,000 where a state store has been closed. It also proposed to provide assistance for state employees laid off as a result of the closing of 17 state liquor stores.

House Amendment "P" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-607)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Remove Part H, which authorized transfers from the Maine Rainy Day Fund, allowed the General Fund to retain interest earned on that fund and increased the transfers to the fund for 2 fiscal years; Part M, which proposed to close state liquor stores; Part O, which increased the cigarette tax; and Part P, which increased the sales tax on prepared food.

2. Reduce the appropriations to all state departments and agencies by 5% except for the following accounts: General Purpose Aid for Local Schools, Education in the Unorganized Territory, Debt Service, Teacher Retirement, General Assistance and Medicaid programs and any accounts under the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Technical College System and the Legislature. It also proposed to place a hiring freeze on all departments and agencies except for those personnel determined by the Governor to be essential to the safety, care and welfare of the people of Maine.

3. Transfer $35,000,000 from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund.

4. Establish a 3% cost-of-living adjustment to nursing home workers and residents.

5. Increase funding for the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools account to "hold harmless" those local school districts that lost funding so that they are funded at the same level as in fiscal year 2000-01.

6. Increase the percentage of state-municipal revenue sharing to 5.2% from 5.1% beginning January 1, 2003.

7. Restore funding for certain child care services.

8. Restrict reimbursement of property taxes under the business equipment tax reimbursement program if the taxes also are reimbursed under a tax increment financing district agreement. Effective for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2003, reimbursement under the BETR program is limited to 75% of taxes paid.

9. Require that military retirement benefits are not subject to the offset for social security and railroad retirement benefits effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2001. In the same Part, this amendment also proposed to correct a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment also proposed to resolve the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

10. Add a delayed closure of the state liquor stores. It directed the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to close 8 state liquor stores by December 31, 2001 and an additional 6 stores no sooner than June 1, 2002, but not later than December 31, 2002 and established a commission to develop a plan to implement an appropriate statewide liquor distribution system.

11. Provide funds for the new classifications and pay ranges for Department of Corrections staff.

12. Set aside funds in the General Fund salary plan for collective bargaining agreements.

13. Provide funds to reduce the unfunded liability for retiree health insurance.

House Amendment "Q" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-609)

This amendment proposed to deappropriate all General Fund funding for the Forum Francophone and appropriate $75,000 per year for fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to support the employment and economic development activities of Spanish-speaking people in the State.

House Amendment "R" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-610)

This amendment proposed to increase general purpose aid to local schools by 3% in fiscal year 2003 and require the Department of Human Services to adopt rules increasing the amount of income that may be retained by residents of nursing and residential care facilities.

Senate Amendment "A" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-25)

This amendment proposed to restore funds deallocated for child care initiatives and pays for this cost with cuts in the legislative budget.

Senate Amendment "B" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-26)

This amendment proposed to provide funding for an increased cushion to eligible local school administrative units. The cost of the increased cushion is funded through a transfer from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment.

Senate Amendment "C" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-27)

This amendment proposed to remove the cap on military pension benefits, thus allowing them to be fully deductible from the state income tax.

This amendment also proposed to correct a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment proposed to resolve the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

This amendment proposed to transfer an amount from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to fund the loss in revenue created by the removal of the cap.

Senate Amendment "D" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-28)

This amendment proposed to remove the cap on military pension benefits, thus allowing them to be fully deductible from the state income tax.

This amendment also proposed to correct a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment proposed to resolve the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

This amendment proposed to transfer an amount from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to fund the loss in revenue created by the removal of the cap.

Senate Amendment "E" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-29)

This amendment proposed to remove the cap on military pension benefits, thus allowing them to be fully deductible from the state income tax.

This amendment also proposed to correct a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment proposed to resolve the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

This amendment proposed to transfer an amount from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to fund the loss in revenue created by the removal of the cap.

Senate Amendment "F" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-30)

This amendment proposed to remove funding of the "cushion" for school funding and applied it to general purpose aid for local schools.

Senate Amendment "G" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-31)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Transfer $500,000 from the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund;

2. Deappropriate funding provided for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston; and

3. Provide funding for the federal match for a 3% cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities.

Senate Amendment "H" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-32)

This amendment proposed to provide funding for a 2nd tier of cushion funding for general purpose aid for local schools. This amendment also proposed to provide for the transfer of unobligated balances from general purpose aid for local schools and the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund.

Senate Amendment "I" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-34)

This amendment proposed to remove Part P, which increased the sales tax on prepared food, and fund the cost from a transfer from the Maine Rainy Day Fund. This amendment also proposed to eliminate Part X, but provide the same additional funding for tourism promotion in fiscal year 2002-03 as the committee amendment by providing a General Fund appropriation to tourism.

Senate Amendment "J" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-35)

This amendment proposed to appropriate $75,000 in each year of the biennium to the Forum Francophone Des Affaires. This amendment also expressed the intent of the Legislature that such legislative funding would not continue beyond the end of fiscal year 2002-03 without affirmative action by the Legislature.

Senate Amendment "K" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-36)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Strike from the committee amendment Part M, which closed the state liquor stores, Part O, which increased the cigarette tax, Part P, which increased the sales tax on prepared food, Part V, which provided for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston and Part X, which established the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund.

2. Provide funds for a 3% cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities.

3. Provide funding for a 2nd tier of cushion funding for general purpose aid for local schools. This amendment also provided for the transfer of unobligated balances from general purpose aid for local schools and the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund.

4. Increase the percentage of state-municipal revenue sharing to 5.2% from 5.1% beginning July 2002 and provide an $800,000 appropriation for state-municipal revenue sharing in fiscal year 2001-02. It also required Verizon to transfer $5,000,000 from the School and Library Network project to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment. The amendment also transferred $5,000,000 from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund to offset the costs of this amendment.

5. Provide additional appropriations for infant, toddler and preschool child care subsidies, school-aged child care subsidies and full-day, year-round Head Start programs to offset deallocations from Part B.

6. Appropriate $75,000 in each year of the biennium to the Forum Francophone Des Affaires. This amendment also expressed the intent of the Legislature that such legislative funding would not continue beyond the end of fiscal year 2002-03 without affirmative action by the Legislature.

7. Require the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to close 5 state liquor stores by December 31, 2001 and established a commission to develop a plan to implement the closure of the remaining state liquor stores by December 31, 2002. The department is directed to close the remaining state liquor stores no sooner than June 1, 2002 but not later than December 31, 2002.

8. Amend the law that provides for reimbursement by the State of certain property taxes paid by businesses. Certain property is currently excluded from the BETR program, and, with these changes, certain additional property will be excluded on a prospective basis.

9. Transfer $2,000,000 from the Abandoned Property Fund resulting from the liquidation of securities held in excess of 3 years to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

10. Establish a funding mechanism for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston.

11. Remove the cap on military pension benefits, thus allowing them to be fully deductible from the state income tax. In the same part, this amendment also corrected a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment resolved the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

12. Establish the Maine Learning Technology Endowment within the Maine Rainy Fund to consist of no more than $50,000,000, which is the amount of the principal of the original endowment. Interest earned on that segregated amount must be transferred to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment Fund to accomplish the purposes of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Part 9.

13. Provide the same additional funding for tourism promotion in fiscal year 2002-03 as the committee amendment by providing a General Fund appropriation to tourism.

Senate Amendment "L" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-43)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Strike from the committee amendment Part M, which closed the state liquor stores, and replaced it with a delayed closure of the state stores. It directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to close 8 state liquor stores by December 31, 2001 and an additional 6 stores no sooner than June 1, 2002, but not later than December 31, 2002, and establishes a commission to develop a plan to implement an appropriate statewide liquor distribution system.

2. Eliminate Part O, which increased the cigarette tax, and Part P, which increased the sales tax on prepared food. It provided that military retirement benefits are not subject to the offset for social security and railroad retirement benefits. In the same Part, this amendment also corrected a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment resolved the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

3. Amend the law that provides for reimbursement by the State of certain property taxes paid by businesses. Certain property is currently excluded from the BETR program, and, with these changes, certain additional property will be excluded on a prospective basis.

4. Increase the percentage of state-municipal revenue sharing to 5.2% from 5.1% beginning January 2003.

5. Transfer $51,500,000 from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund. The amendment appropriated $2,300,000 to the endowment to implement a portion of the plan and required the Commissioner of Education to report back to the Legislature on the effectiveness of the technology expenditures. It also required Verizon to transfer $2,000,000 from the School and Library Network project to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment.

6. Replace Part C and provided funding for a 2nd tier of cushion funding for general purpose aid for local schools. This amendment also provided for the transfer of unobligated balances from general purpose aid for local schools and the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund.

7. Double the amount of budgeted savings from projected vacancies to realize an additional $2,000,000 per year in personal services savings.

8. Transfer to the General Fund the estimated remaining balance in the Fund for a Healthy Maine at the end of fiscal year 2002-03. To address the cash flow needs of the programs funded from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the amendment authorized a working capital advance from the General Fund to avoid delays in program implementation until the April 2004 Tobacco Settlement Payment is received. Fiscal year 2003-04 is the first year when no January payment is scheduled.

9. Provide funds for a 3% cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities.

10. Replace Part V, which provided for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston as an appropriation. Instead, the amendment funded the demolition through the use of lapsed balances, or the Maine Rainy Day Fund if lapsed balances are insufficient to fund the cost.

11. Replace Part X, which established the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund that was funded through an increase of the tax on prepared foods. A similar proposal is implemented, dedicating 7% of the tax on meals and lodging taxed at 7% to generate approximately the same amount of revenue for tourism promotion as the committee amendment.

12. Provide additional appropriations for infant, toddler and preschool child care subsidies, school-aged childcare subsidies and full-day, year-round Head Start programs to offset deallocations from Part B.

13. Appropriate $75,000 in each year of the biennium to the Forum Francophone Des Affairs. This amendment also expressed the intent of the Legislature that such legislative funding would not continue beyond the end of fiscal year 2002-03 without affirmative action by the Legislature.

14. Transfer $2,000,000 from the Abandoned Property Fund resulting from the liquidation of securities held in excess of 3 years to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

Senate Amendment "M" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-44)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Strike from the committee amendment Part M, which closed the state liquor stores, and replaced it with a delayed closure of the state stores. It directed the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to close 8 state liquor stores by December 31, 2001 and an additional 6 stores no sooner than June 1, 2002, but not later than December 31, 2002, and established a commission to develop a plan to implement an appropriate statewide liquor distribution system.

2. Eliminate Part O, which increased the cigarette tax, and Part P, which increased the sales tax on prepared food. It provided that military retirement benefits are not subject to the offset for social security and railroad retirement benefits effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2001. In the same Part, this amendment also corrected a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment resolved the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

3. Amend the law that provides for reimbursement by the State of certain property taxes paid by businesses. Certain property is currently excluded from the BETR program, and, with these changes, certain additional property will be excluded on a prospective basis.

4. Increase the percentage of state-municipal revenue sharing to 5.2% from 5.1% beginning January 2003.

5. Transfer $51,500,000 from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund. The amendment appropriated $2,300,000 to the endowment to implement a portion of the plan and required the Commissioner of Education to report back to the Legislature on the effectiveness of the technology expenditures. It also required Verizon to transfer $2,000,000 from the School and Library Network project to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment.

6. Replace Part C and it provide funding for a 2nd tier of cushion funding for general purpose aid for local schools. This amendment also provided for the transfer of unobligated balances from general purpose aid for local schools and the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund.

7. Double the amount of budgeted savings from projected vacancies to realize an additional $2,000,000 per year in personal services savings.

8. Transfer to the General Fund the estimated remaining balance in the Fund for a Healthy Maine at the end of fiscal year 2002-03. To address the cash flow needs of the programs funded from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the amendment authorized a working capital advance from the General Fund to avoid delays in program implementation until the April 2004 Tobacco Settlement Payment is received. Fiscal year 2003-04 is the first year when no January payment is scheduled.

9. Provides funds for a 3% cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities.

10. Replace Part V, which provided for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston as an appropriation. Instead, the amendment funded the demolition through the use of lapsed balances, or the Maine Rainy Day Fund if lapsed balances are insufficient to fund the cost.

11. Replace Part X, which established the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund that was funded through an increase of the tax on prepared foods. A similar proposal is implemented, dedicating 7% of the tax on meals and lodging taxed at 7% to generate approximately the same amount of revenue for tourism promotion as the committee amendment.

12. Provide additional appropriations for infant, toddler and preschool child care subsidies, school-aged childcare subsidies and full-day, year-round Head Start programs to offset deallocations from Part B.

13. Appropriate $75,000 in each year of the biennium to the Forum Francophone Des Affairs. This amendment also expressed the intent of the Legislature that such legislative funding would not continue beyond the end of fiscal year 2002-03 without affirmative action by the Legislature.

14. Transfer $2,000,000 from the Abandoned Property Fund resulting from the liquidation of securities held in excess of 3 years to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

Senate Amendment "N" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-256)

This amendment proposed to:

1. Strike from the committee amendment Part M, which closed the state liquor stores, and replaced it with a delayed closure of the state stores. It directed the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to close 8 state liquor stores by December 31, 2001 and an additional 6 stores no sooner than June 1, 2002, but not later than December 31, 2002, and established a commission to develop a plan to implement an appropriate statewide liquor distribution system.

2. Eliminate Part O, which increased the cigarette tax, and Part P, which increased the sales tax on prepared food.

3. Replace Part C and provide additional funding for the first tier of cushion and new funding for a 2nd tier of cushion for general purpose aid for local schools.

4. Lapse $4,000,000 from the General Fund salary plan program at the close of fiscal year 2000-01.

5. Transfer $12,000,000 to the General Fund from the estimated remaining balance in the Fund for a Healthy Maine at the end of fiscal year 2002-03. Proposed to address the cash flow needs of the programs funded from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the amendment authorized a working capital advance from the General Fund to avoid delays in program implementation until the April 2004 Tobacco Settlement Payment is received. Fiscal year 2003-04 is the first year when no January payment is scheduled.

6. Replace Part V, which provided for the demolition of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston as an appropriation. Instead, the amendment funded the demolition through the use of lapsed balances, or the Maine Rainy Day Fund if lapsed balances are insufficient to fund the cost. It also dedicated the proceeds of the sale of the Maine State Prison to the Maine Rainy Day Fund.

7. Strike Part X, which established the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund that was funded through an increase of the tax on prepared foods.

8. Transfer $2,000,000 from the Abandoned Property Fund resulting from the liquidation of securities held in excess of 3 years to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

9. Reduce a portion or all of the General Fund appropriations in fiscal year 2002-03 representing the growth over fiscal year 2001-02 funding for general purpose aid for local schools and the public higher education institutions.

10. Provide funds for the Department of Human Services to increase wages and benefits for nonadministrative personnel employed in nursing facilities and home care agencies.

11. Provide funds for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to increase payments for wages and benefits for direct care personnel employed by certain agencies providing mental health and mental retardation services to adults and children.

12. Clarify the application of the high-technology investment tax credit and makes changes to limitations on the credit.

13. Provide a working capital advance of $1,700,000 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to provide start-up funds for the Maine Rx Program and allocates funds to implement the Maine Rx Program.

14. Require the Medicaid reimbursement rate for routine home care under the hospice program to be set at the Medicare rate plus 23% beginning April 1, 2002.

15. Provide ongoing funds for the Maine Hospice Council to support volunteer hospice programs.

16. Provide that military retirement benefits are not subject to the offset for social security and railroad retirement benefits effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2001. In the same Part, this amendment also corrected a conflict created by Public Law 1999, chapters 708 and 731, each of which enacted a new Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph M. This amendment resolved the conflict by reallocating one of the new paragraphs to be the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph N.

17. Revise the hospital assessment revenue projections to reflect a recent acceptance of an offer in compromise.

18. Remove amounts reserved for the Healthy Maine Prescription Program, L.D. 1790, Public Law 2001, chapter 293.

19. Appropriate $75,000 in each year of the biennium to the Forum Francophone Des Affairs. This amendment also expressed the intent of the Legislature that such legislative funding will not continue beyond the end of fiscal year 2002-03 without affirmative action by the Legislature.

20. Amend the laws related to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment. It transferred $20,000,000 of the original amount appropriated to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment, plus an estimated $3,000,000 in interest income earned from the investment of the $50,000,000 in the endowment by August 1, 2001, to the General Fund. It required the State to raise a minimum of $15,000,000 in contributions from nonstate sources by January 8, 2003 in order to establish the endowment. Failure of the State to raise these contributions from nonstate sources by this date will result in the removal of the limitation on the endowment principal in implementing the learning technology plan in fiscal years 2002-03 to 2005-06. It stipulated that the principal and income of the endowment may not be used to implement the fundraising plan. It allowed limited use of the initial principal to ensure timely start-up and implementation of Phase I of the task force plan. It established a mechanism to allow donors to redirect their contributions to the endowment if the State fails to raise sufficient contributions by January 8, 2003.

21. Lapse $512,384 of balances available within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services resulting from savings in the amounts appropriated from the renovation of the State Office Building.

22. Recognize General Fund savings in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program as a result of a recognition of the State's share of child support collections earned but not yet transferred.

Senate Amendment "O" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-260)

This amendment proposed to require individual and group health insurance policies to provide coverage for hospice care services to persons who are terminally ill. The amendment applied to all policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2002.

It also proposed to require the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health to solicit grants and funding from other outside funding sources to establish and operate the Maine Center for End-of-life Care and proposed to require that the center be hosted by an educational institution, professional association or other entity interested in the care of the terminally ill.

It proposed to require the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Registration to compile a report on the current entry-level and continuing educational requirements related to end-of-life care issues for licensed health care professions.

It proposed to require the Maine Health Data Organization to gather baseline data and standardized assessment tools regarding end-of-life care within the organization's existing database.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 358 is the "Part 1 Budget Bill for fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03." It contains the following provisions.

PART

 

SECTION

 

DESCRIPTION

         

A

 

A-1: A-24

 

Budget Preamble

         
   

A-25

 

"Current Services" Appropriations & Allocations

         
   

A-26

 

Technical Changes to "Current Services" Appropriations & Allocations

         

B

 

B-1

 

Adjustments to "Current Services" Appropriations & Allocations

         

C

 

C-1

 

Authorizes the Bureau of Revenue Services to implement tax revenue compliance initiatives under current tax law

         

D

 

D-1

 

Eliminates contingent effective date for the Quality Child Care Tax Credit and eliminates the transfer from the Fund for a Healthy Maine that offsets the General Fund revenue loss.

         

E

 

E-1

 

Eliminates the transfer of funds from the Capital Construction/Repairs/Improvements-Administration program to the Reserve Fund for State House Preservation and Maintenance

         

F

 

F-1:F-4

 

Establishes voluntary employee incentive programs

         

G

 

G-1:G-2

 

Authorizes transfers of $17,278,982 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $18,234,610 in fiscal year 2002-03 from the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund and allows the General Fund to retain the interest earnings on the balances in the Maine Rainy Day Fund during fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03

         
   

G-3

 

Increases the amount of the transfers to the Maine Rainy Day Fund at the end of fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03 from 1/2 of excess General Fund revenue to 3/4 of excess General Fund revenue and prohibits transfers of excess revenue to the Retirement Allowance Fund pursuant to Title 5, 1517

         

H

 

H-1:H-3

 

Changes BETR reimbursement to one payment per year

         

I

 

I-1

 

Permits changes to several dedicated funds and to federal block grant allocations to cover any approved salary plan adjustments and approved reclassifications and range changes

         
   

I-2; I-5:I-6

 

Restricts use of allocations from the State Alcoholic Beverage Fund and the State Lottery Fund

         
   

I-3:I-4

 

Establishes guidelines for carrying forward Federal Block Grant Funds

         
   

I-7

 

Establishes guidelines for carrying forward several dedicated environmental funds

         

J

 

J-1

 

Authorizes the transfer of $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $400,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 from one-time enhanced federal matching funds in the Department of Human Services to General Fund unappropriated surplus

         

K

 

K-1

 

Lapses $1,027,712 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $2,444,416 in fiscal year 2002-03 from the Carrying Balances - Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program to the General Fund

         
   

K-2

 

Provides that appropriations to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife associated with search and rescue are not considered amounts appropriated to the department for purposes of the Constitutional requirement that appropriations to the department may not be less than revenues

         

L

 

L-1

 

Presents a list of tax expenditures for continuation by the Legislature

         

M

 

M-1:M-6

 

Restricts the high-technology investment tax credit to computer hardware and software activities and the provision of internet access and advanced telecommunication services

         

N

 

N-1

 

Lapses to General Fund unappropriated surplus the revenues collected under the former hospital assessment and directs that any future hospital assessment collections be credited to General Fund undedicated revenue

         

O

 

O-1; O-6

 

Repeals the Sawmill Biomass Tax Credit

         
   

O-2:O-3

 

Authorizes the carry forward of balances within certain General Fund programs within Department of Administrative and Financial Services

         
   

O-4

 

Recognizes General Fund revenue from the recovery of reserve for accounts receivable

         
   

O-5

 

Recognizes General Fund revenue from the sale of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy

         

P

 

P-1

 

Authorizes the transfer of up to $150,000 of unencumbered General Fund balances in the Harness Racing Commission program in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to the Harness Racing Promotional Fund, Other Special Revenue account

         

Q

 

Q-1:Q-5

 

Repeals the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine

         
   

Q-6:Q-7; Q-14

 

Repeals the working capital advance from the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine to the Maine Rx Program

         
   

Q-8

 

Requires the State Treasurer to transfer the balance remaining in the Trust Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund on June 30, 2001

         
   

Q-9

 

Transfers to the General Fund a portion of the estimated year-end balances remaining as of June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003 in the Fund for a Healthy Maine

         
   

Q-10

 

Transfers a portion of the estimated balance remaining available in the fund from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund as a result of unexpended balances as of June 30, 2001

         
   

Q-11

 

Transfers unexpended funds in the Tobacco Prevention and Control, Other Special Revenue account in the Bureau of Health to the General Fund (these funds are not from the Fund for a Healthy Maine)

         
   

Q-12

 

Deallocates the amounts allocated to the biennial reserve to make it available within the Fund for a Healthy Maine

         
   

Q-13

 

Deallocates amounts that will not be expended during fiscal year 2000-01 from allocations from the Fund for a Healthy Maine so that they are available for transfer to the General Fund pursuant to Section Q-10

         

R

 

R-1

 

Transfers an available balance in the Federal Expenditures Fund Maximus Fund program to the General Fund

         

S

 

S-1

 

Lapses $2,500,000 of available balances in fiscal year 2001-02 to the General Fund from the Education in the Unorganized Territory account within the Department of Education

         

T

 

T-1

 

Deappropriates funding in excess of projected expenditures for the Low-cost Drugs for Maine's Elderly program

         

U

 

U-1

 

Establishes the eligibility criteria for the "cushion" funding portion of General Purpose Aid

         
   

U-2

 

Sets the "per pupil guarantee" for fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03

         
   

U-3

 

Sets the statewide local share amount of operating cost allocation for fiscal year 2001-02

         
   

U-4

 

Authorizes Commissioner of Education to spend $1,300,000 from Adjustments and Miscellaneous Costs Appropriation to assist local school units in implementing "learning results"

         
   

U-5

 

Establishes the basic elementary and secondary and foundation per pupil operating rates for General Purpose Aid

         
   

U-6

 

Establishes per pupil guarantee and statewide factor for General Purpose Aid

         
   

U-7:U-18

 

Establishes the basic education allocation and appropriation funding level for fiscal year 2001-02

         
   

U-19

 

Identifies the fiscal year 2001-02 and 2002-03 funding levels for the foundation, debt service and adjustments components of General Purpose Aid

         
   

U-20

 

Appropriates funds for the Tier 2 cushion and provides additional funds for the Tier 1 cushion

         

V

 

V-1:V:8

 

Provides for the closure of 14 state liquor stores and establishes a planning process for the closure of additional stores and the development of a statewide distribution system

         

W

 

W-1

 

Requires the Treasurer of State to transfer $1,000,000 from the Abandoned Property Fund to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund by June 30th of each year of the biennium

         

X

 

X-1:X:2

 

Provides funding for the demolition of the Maine State Prison at Thomaston through the transfer of up to $3,800,000 from the available balance of the General Fund in fiscal year 2000-01 and, if the balance is insufficient to fund the $3,800,000 cost, the remainder from the Maine Rainy Day Fund in fiscal year 2001-02

         
   

X-3

 

Requires all proceeds from the sale of the Maine State Prison in Thomaston be transferred to the Maine Rainy Day Fund

         

Y

 

Y-1

 

Authorizes a working capital advance of $25,500,000 from the General Fund to the Fund for a Healthy Maine, beginning July 1, 2003, to be repaid as a first priority from amounts credited to the Fund for a Healthy Maine

         
   

Y-2

 

Requires the State Controller to transfer $12,000,000 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund on or before June 30, 2003

         

Z

 

Z-1

 

Lapses $4,000,000 from the General Fund Salary Plan program to the General Fund unappropriated surplus at the close of fiscal year 2000-01

         

AA

 

AA-1

 

Makes adjustments to appropriations for General Purpose Aid and for higher education in fiscal year 2002-03

         

BB

 

BB-1

 

Appropriates $75,000 in each year of the biennium for the Forum Francophone and provides that funding does not continue past fiscal year 2002-03 without affirmative action by the Legislature

         

CC

 

CC-1:CC-4

 

Provides that the $6,000 income tax exemption for military pensions is not reduced by the amount of social security or railroad retirement plan benefits

         

DD

 

DD-1:DD-3

 

Provides for a 2.5% increase in wages and benefits for nonadministrative personnel employed in home care agencies and adjusts funding for nursing facilities to reflect revised estimates

         

EE

 

EE-1:EE-3

 

Restores a cost-of-living adjustment for nursing facilities and for a 3% increase in wages and benefits for "front-line" employees in nursing facilities

         

FF

 

FF-1:FF-3

 

Provides for a 2.5% increase in wages and benefits for direct care personnel in agencies under contract to provide mental health and mental retardation services to children and adults

         

GG

 

GG-1:GG-4

 

Provides for an increase in reimbursement for hospice care for routine home care services to the level paid under Medicare plus an additional 23% and requires the Department of Human Services to analyze the savings resulting from that increase

         

HH

 

HH-1

 

Appropriates $25,000 in each year of the biennium to support volunteer hospice programs

         

II

 

II-1:II-8

 

Amends the laws related to the Maine Learning Technology Endowment and the requirement of an annual learning technology plan

         
   

II-9

 

Requires the transfer of $20,000,000 from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund unappropriated surplus

         
   

II-10

 

Requires the transfer of all interest income earned prior to August 1, 2001 by the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to the General Fund unappropriated surplus

         

JJ

 

JJ-1

 

Authorizes a $1,700,000 advance from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the Maine Rx Dedicated Fund on July 1, 2001 that must be repaid by June 30, 2010

         
   

JJ-2

 

Allocates funds for implementation of the Maine Rx Program

         

KK

 

KK-1

 

Lapses $512,384 in Capital Construction-Repairs-Improvements-Renovation of State Facilities account to General Fund unappropriated surplus in fiscal year 2001-02 from savings from renovation of the State Office Building

         
   

KK-2:KK-4

 

Recognizes General Fund savings in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as a result of a recognition of child support collection earned but not yet transferred

         

LL

 

LL-1:LL-6

 

Requires insurance coverage of hospice care, palliative care and end-of-life care

         
   

LL-7; LL-10

 

Authorizes the establishment of the Maine Center for End-of-Life Care

         
   

LL-8; LL-10

 

Requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Registration to report on entry level and continuing education requirements related to end-of-life care

         
   

LL-9

 

Requires the Maine Health Data Organization to gather baseline data and standardized assessment tools regarding end-of-life care

LD 303

An Act to Appropriate Funds to Assist in Removing a Hazardous Dam

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

FERGUSON

ONTP

 

PATRICK

   

LD 303 proposed to appropriate to the Department of Environmental Protection $100,000 for the removal of the Mt. Zircon dam located in Rumford.

LD 305

An Act to Allow Maine to Continue its Membership in the Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

KILKELLY

OTP-AM

S-159

CARR

   

LD 305 proposed to appropriate $25,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine Milk Commission to be used for membership dues to the Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-159) proposed to reduce the appropriation from $25,000 to $20,000, specify that it is on a one-time basis and appropriate the funds to the Office of the Commissioner within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources instead of the Maine Milk Commission.

The provisions of Committee Amendment "A" were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part WW. See LD 855.

LD 331

An Act to Promote Cultural Tourism for St. Croix Island

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SHOREY

ONTP

 

MENDROS

   

LD 331 proposed appropriations of $50,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism and Community Development for the purpose of promoting St. Croix Island as a permanent tourist destination and to plan for the St. Croix 2004 celebration.

Provisions were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part EE that provide funds from a transfer from unappropriated surplus at the close of fiscal year 2000-01 to match a federal grant to plan and construct the Downeast Heritage Center.

LD 342

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $10,000,000 to Make Maine Courts Compliant with the Federal American With Disabilities Act of 1990

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

LONGLEY

ONTP

 

SCHNEIDER

   

LD 342 proposed that bonds be issued in the amount of $10,000,000 to be used to make the State's courthouses compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

LD 367

An Act to Support Requests for Jobs for Maine's Graduates Programs in Maine Communities

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SAXL

OTP-AM

H-267

MICHAUD MH

   

LD 367 proposed to appropriate $275,000 in each year of the biennium for the Jobs for Maine's Graduates program to fund a portion of the cost of serving 1,400 additional students at 10 new sites.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-267) proposed to double the appropriation in fiscal year 2002-03 in order to fund an additional 10 new sites in that year.

Provisions were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part YY that appropriate $84,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $126,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to fund a portion of the cost of establishing 4 new sites. See LD 855.

LD 370

An Act to Appropriate Funds to Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Mental Illness

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

CANAVAN

OTP-AM

H-480

GAGNON

   

LD 370 proposed to appropriate $100,000 in each year of the biennium for the High Hopes Clubhouse to carry out its job training, development and placement efforts and to expand its operations to the Augusta area.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-480) proposed to appropriate $100,000 in each year of the biennium to the Mental Health Services - Community program to fund the Waterville High Hopes Clubhouse to allow that organization to carry out its job training, development and placement efforts in Waterville. The amendment does not provide funding for the Waterville High Hopes Clubhouse to expand its operations to the Augusta area.

The Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part ZZ provides an appropriation of $50,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the Mental Health Services - Community program to fund continuing operations of the High Hopes Clubhouse in Waterville. See LD 855.

LD 387

An Act to Appropriate Funds for the State's Share of the Budget to Operate the Northeast Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MAYO

OTP-AM

H-476

MICHAUD MH

   

LD 387 proposed to appropriate $25,000 in each year of the biennium to fund the State's share of the cost to operate the Northeast Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-476) proposed to reduce the appropriation from $25,000 to $18,000 annually for the State's share of the cost to operate the Northeast Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing.

The provisions of Committee Amendment "A" were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part AAA. See LD 855.

LD 395

An Act to Provide Funding for a Low-flow Study for the Aroostook Water and Soil Management Board

 

P & S 43
EMERGENCY

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

KNEELAND

OTP-AM

S-158

BELANGER

   

LD 395 proposed appropriations of $25,000 in each year of the biennium to fund a low-flow study in Aroostook County to be conducted by the United States Geological Survey.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-158) proposed to reduce the annual appropriations from $25,000 to $20,000 and add emergency provisions to the bill.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 43 provided appropriations of $20,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to pay the United States Geological Survey to conduct a low-flow study in Aroostook County.

This bill was enacted as an emergency measure and takes effect June 29, 2001.

LD 416

An Act to Improve the Services of the Saco River Corridor Commission

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

O'NEIL

OTP

 

LAFOUNTAIN

   

LD 416 proposed to appropriate $25,000 in each year of the biennium to the Saco River Corridor Commission to cover the commission's operating costs.

The provisions of this bill were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part EEE. See LD 855.

LD 433

An Act to Provide Funding to the Wells National Estuarine Reserve Research Center

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

COLLINS

ONTP

 

CARPENTER

   

LD 433 proposed to appropriate an annual sum of $125,000 to the Wells National Estuarine Reserve Research Center. The bill was intended to fund the cost of water pollution testing and research conducted by the Wells National Estuarine Reserve Research Center.

LD 436

An Act Concerning National Board Certification of Teachers

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

CUMMINGS

OTP-AM

H-320

LD 436 proposed to appropriate $50,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Education to provide grants of $2,000 each to teachers seeking certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-320) proposed to appropriate $25,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Education to grant funds to certain teachers seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The funds would be appropriated as a state match with federal and University of Maine System funds. Starting in fiscal year 2002-03, this appropriation is intended to provide reimbursement for only those teachers who become certified. Individual grants issued by the Maine Leadership Consortium could not exceed $2,300 per teacher.

The provisions of Committee Amendment "A", with an appropriation in fiscal year 2002-03 only was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part FFF. See LD 855.

LD 448

An Act to Discourage the Use of Dangerous Drugs

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

PERRY

ONTP

 

LD 448 proposed to appropriate $720,000 for fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to the Drug Enforcement Agency to provide funding for 12 additional drug enforcement agents through local police agencies in the Bangor area.

LD 456

Resolve, to Increase Access and Support Student Success at Maine's Technical Colleges

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

 

S-211

SAXL

   

LD 456 proposed to appropriate $1,790,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $2,710,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to allow enrollment of 500 additional students in the Maine Technical College System and provide support services.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-211) proposed to increase the amount appropriated by $100,000 in each year of the biennium and provides for continuation of the Pulp and Paper Technology program at Kennebec Valley Technical College.

This bill was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 457

An Act to Clarify that the Sales Tax Exemption for Purchase of Manufacturing Equipment Applies Equitably

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

 

S-100

GREEN

   

LD 457 proposed to include television and radio broadcast signals within the definition of "tangible personal property" under the sales tax law for the purpose of including machinery used to produce the radio and television broadcasts within the existing manufacturers' sales tax exemption that is currently utilized by the print media.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-100) proposed to move the changes provided by the bill from a definition section in the law to a sales tax exemption section in the law to accomplish the intent of the bill more appropriately.

LD 457 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. When removed from the Appropriations Table it was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 467

An Act to Make Career Information More Accessible to Maine Citizens

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

ONTP

 

SMALL

   

LD 467 proposed to appropriate $80,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03 to the Maine Technical College System to maintain "Careers for ME," a multimedia Internet-based career information site to help Maine people learn about careers in Maine.

LD 470

An Act to Provide Mental Health Services at Shelters

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BROOKS

ONTP

 

YOUNGBLOOD

   

LD 470 proposed a General Fund appropriation of $1,000,000 in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 for the Shelter Operating Subsidy program within the Maine State Housing Authority to allow shelters to work with area agencies for mental health services for the shelter's clients.

LD 472

Resolve, to Establish a Fatherhood Issues Study Commission

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

TESSIER

 

H-362

   

H-87

LD 472 was a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. It proposed to establish a study commission to examine various issues associated with being a father in Maine.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-87), the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, proposed to replace the bill with a resolve to create the Commission on Fatherhood Issues consisting of 11 members appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The resolve proposed that the commission study issues concerning the barriers to being an involved father in Maine.

House Amendment "A" (H-362) proposed to strike the emergency preamble and the emergency clause and changes the dates by which appointments must be made to the Commission on Fatherhood Issues, the first meeting convened and the commission's report submitted.

LD 472 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. When removed from the Appropriations Table the bill was carried over to the Second Regular Session by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.

LD 477

An Act Directing the Department of Human Services to Adjust Dental Reimbursement Rates Under the Medicaid Program

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

O'BRIEN J

 

H-625

DAGGETT

   

LD 477 proposed to direct the Department of Human Services annually to set the Medicaid reimbursement rates for dental services to the 50th percentile of the fees published in the most recent "Survey of Dental Fees, New England Region," published by the American Dental Association.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-625) proposed to replace the bill. It proposed to direct the Department of Human Services to adjust reimbursement rates for dental services under the Medicaid program. It proposed to remove the proposed requirement of an annual adjustment. It proposed to add an appropriation section and an allocation section to the bill.

This bill was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 498

An Act to Increase the Bond Ceiling of the University of Maine System

 

PUBLIC 449

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Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BENNETT

OTP

 

LD 498 proposed to increase the University of Maine System bond ceiling from $100,000,000 to $150,000,000 to allow for financing a portion of the capital improvement program of the university system.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 449 increases the University of Maine System bond ceiling from $100,000,000 to $150,000,000.

LD 505

An Act to Continue the Donated Dental Services Program

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

RAND

OTP-AM

S-157

QUINT

   

LD 505 proposed to allocate $35,200 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $36,250 in fiscal year 2002-03 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine for contracted services for a part-time referral coordinator and related costs to administer the Donated Dental Services program that provides free dental services to financially challenged individuals.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-157) proposed to reduce the allocations to $1,260 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $2,310 in fiscal year 2003-03.

The provisions of Committee Amendment "A" were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part GGG. See LD 855.

LD 506

An Act to Expand Funding for the Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students Program

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BROMLEY

ONTP

 

RICHARDSON

   

LD 506 proposed to appropriate $100,000 in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to support the Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students program to provide internship opportunities in science and mathematics for teachers and students.

LD 524

An Act to Fund Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

COLWELL

OTP

 

SMALL

   

LD 524 proposed appropriations of $4,800,000 in each year of the biennium for the Department of Human Services to contract with community-based agencies to provide school-based and community-based sexual assault and domestic violence prevention education and to sustain the efforts already in place to protect Maine citizens from domestic violence and sexual assault and to provide services to victims of those crimes.

House Amendment "A" (H-715) proposed to increase the tax on the value of liquor sold in licensed establishments from 7% to 10%, create a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Board within the Department of the Attorney General and change the amounts and programs for which appropriations are made.

Appropriations in the amounts of $1,200,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention education and services are included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part VVVV. See LD 855.

LD 603

An Act to Increase Instruction for Legally Blind Children

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SAWYER

OTP

 

LD 603 proposed to appropriate $130,000 in each year of the biennium for the Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired to support the cost of 2 additional Teacher of Blind and Visually Impaired Children positions and related costs.

Appropriations of $100,000 in each year of the biennium to fund a portion of the costs of the positions supported by this bill were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part JJJ. See LD 855.

LD 608

An Act to Provide Heating Fuel Assistance to the Elderly

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

O'GARA

ONTP

 

SAVAGE W

   

LD 608 proposed to appropriate $5,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to assist elderly residents in paying their home heating bills and to increase the income limits for eligibility of elderly persons for home heating assistance to 210% of the federal low-income guidelines for Maine.

LD 653

An Act to Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount of $2,900,000 to Fund High Priority Snowmobile Crossings on Highway Bridges and Provide Boating and Fishing Access Improvements to Highway Bridges

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

 

ONTP

 

LD 653 proposed a $2,900,000 General Fund bond issue to fund snowmobile crossings and boating and fishing access improvements on certain highway bridges. The bill would require the Commissioner of Transportation to consult with the Commissioner of Conservation, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Commissioner of Marine Resources prior to making any expenditures of these bond funds and would allow that money to be spent only on projects identified by those agencies as high priority projects.

LD 658

An Act to Continue Funding for the Maine Microenterprise Initiative Fund

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SHOREY

   

DUGAY

   

LD 658 proposed to appropriate $1,000,000 in each year of the biennium for the Department of Economic and Community Development's Maine Microenterprise Initiative Fund to provide grants to community-based organizations that provide business assistance services to microenterprises.

This bill was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 666

An Act to Amend the Law Governing the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MCALEVEY

ONTP

 

LD 666 proposed to authorize the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf to borrow money and issue bonds to obtain funds to carry out the school's statutory purposes.

LD 694

An Act to Fund the Pulp and Paper Technology Program at Kennebec Valley Technical College

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

TESSIER

ONTP

 

GAGNON

   

LD 694 proposed appropriations of $100,000 in each of fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to the Maine Technical College System to continue the Pulp and Paper Technology Program at Kennebec Valley Technical College. See also LD 456.

LD 695

An Act to Expand Opportunities for Education, Training and Employment for Displaced Homemakers

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

TESSIER

OTP-AM MAJ

H-374

CATHCART

ONTP MIN

 

LD 695 proposed to appropriate $350,804 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $353,778 in fiscal year 2002-03 to increase funding statewide to sustain and expand education, training and employment and self-employment services, placement and transitional support services for displaced homemakers that lead to economic self-sufficiency. This funding was intended to cover increased costs for existing centers and the creation of new service delivery sites in unserved areas of the State: Washington, Piscataquis, Waldo, Oxford and rural Cumberland and York counties.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-374) proposed to reduce funding in the bill to $118,292 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $195,431 in fiscal year 2002-03 by eliminating the creation of new service delivery sites in rural Cumberland County and York County

An appropriation of $16,367 and $17,634 in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03, respectively, for a 3% salary increase and accompanying personnel benefits increase for all current program staff was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part A. See LD 855.

An appropriation in fiscal year 2002-03 of $100,000 for the expansion of services in Waldo and Washington Counties was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part MMM. See LD 855.

LD 701

An Act to Build Parking Garages in Service Center Municipalities

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

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TESSIER

   

LD 701 proposed to require that, in developing criteria for awarding public infrastructure loans and grants from the Municipal Investment Trust Fund, the Department of Economic and Community Development give priority to service center municipalities with populations under 20,000. The bill also allocates $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 from the Municipal Investment Trust Fund to build parking garages in service center municipalities with populations under 20,000.

LD 701 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 725

An Act to Maintain Maine Quality Centers' Current Level of Services

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

TESSIER

 

H-403

BENNETT

   

LD 725 proposed to appropriate $440,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine Technical College System's Maine Quality Centers to prevent a decrease from current levels of customized training and education services to qualified Maine businesses adding new workers.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-403) proposed to remove emergency provisions from the bill and to clarify that the appropriation was on a one-time basis.

LD 725 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 730

An Act to Assist Maine Licensing Agents in Modernization of Technology

 

ONTP

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Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

DUNLAP

ONTP

 

CATHCART

   

LD 730 proposed to appropriate $250,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to be used as grants to licensing agents for the purchase and installation of equipment necessary to implement the department's automated licensing system.

LD 737

An Act to Create the Infrastructure Trust Fund

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

DUNLAP

ONTP

 

GAGNON

   

LD 737 proposed to create the State Infrastructure Trust Fund. The fund would be capitalized by a transfer of 1/3 of unappropriated surplus from the General Fund at the close of each fiscal year. The fund could be used for capital projects, including, but not limited to, highways, local road assistance, railroads and airports.

LD 779

An Act to Enhance the State's Agricultural Marketing

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

KILKELLY

ONTP

 

MCKEE

   

LD 779 proposed to appropriate $250,000 to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources in each of fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 for the implementation of a marketing campaign for Maine agribusinesses. Implementation efforts would include development of database and information technology resources, research of new market opportunities, technical assistance, strategic planning assistance, development of media strategies and development of new trade opportunities.

LD 784

An Act to Stimulate Job Growth Through Investing in University Research and Development

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

CATHCART

ONTP

 

THOMAS

   

LD 784 proposed to appropriate $7,500,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the University of Maine System for the Maine Economic Improvement Fund to be used to fund applied research and development at the University of Maine System. The bill also proposed to appropriate $2,500,000 in each year of the biennium as part of an ongoing funding strategy for debt service for the University of Maine System.

LD 793

An Act to Provide an Appropriation for "mainescience.org"

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

KILKELLY

ONTP

 

HONEY

   

LD 793 proposed one-time General Fund appropriations of $100,000 in each year of the 2002-2003 biennium for the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to continue the operation of "mainescience.org" until the clearinghouse can attract adequate outside funding and become self-sufficient.

LD 819

An Act to Revitalize Teacher Certification Support Systems

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MCKEE

ONTP

 

LD 819 proposed annual appropriations of $1,440,000 in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 for the Department of Education Block Grants to Municipalities to provide funds for local teacher certification support systems based on an amount of $100 per teacher.

LD 841

An Act to Endow the Maintenance of Maine Civil War Monuments at Gettysburg

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

WINSOR

OTP

 

LD 841 proposed to fund the Maine Civil War Monuments Maintenance Program within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management with a one-time appropriation of $85,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 for the Commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to arrange with the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service through the Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park for the maintenance of Maine's monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park.

LD 841 died on the Appropriations Table.

LD 855

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, 2001, June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003

 

PUBLIC 439

Sponsor(s)

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Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

OTP-AM MAJ

    H-724

GOLDTHWAIT

OTP-AM MIN

    H-740 BERRY R

   

    H-747 BERRY R

   

    S-367 GAGNON

   

    S-368 BENNETT

PART A proposed supplemental appropriations and allocations from various governmental, internal service and enterprise funds.

PART B proposed supplemental appropriations and allocations from various governmental funds for approved reclassifications and range changes.

PART C proposed to:

1. Amend the law as it relates to the definition of a corporation to ensure that all health maintenance organizations are equitably subjected to the corporate income tax;

2. Amend the law as it relates to the definition of compensation for payroll tax calculation on leased or temporary employees;

3. Authorize the State Budget Officer to distribute retiree health insurance costs to affected accounts as appropriation and allocation adjustments;

4. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease purchase agreements to purchase motor vehicles for the Central Motor Pool;

5. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease purchase agreements to purchase hardware, software and systems in support of the operations of state government; and

6. Authorize the issuance of securities by the Maine Government Facilities Authority.

PART D proposed to:

1. Establish the Office of Victim Services in the Department of Corrections;

2. Authorize the Department of Corrections to transfer funds by financial order to pay overtime expenses and authorized labor market adjustments for teachers at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility; and

3. Authorize the Department of Corrections to establish intermittent positions to perform duties for which unbudgeted overtime would otherwise be incurred.

PART E proposed to:

1. Amend the law to increase the meals and lodging tax from 7% to 7.5% effective October 1, 2001; and

2. Establish the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development.

PART F proposed to authorize funds to be lapsed from the General Purpose Aid for Local School account to the General Fund.

PART G proposed to authorize funds to be transferred from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund.

PART H proposed to amend the law to increase the application fee for a permit to take an antlerless deer from $1 to $5.

PART I proposed to:

1. Amend the law to create a deputy commissioner position in the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; and

2. Authorize the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to seek reimbursement of expenditures under Medicaid Title XIX for targeted case management.

Committee amendment "A" (H-724)

PART A proposed supplemental appropriations and allocations.

PART B proposed supplemental appropriations and allocations from various governmental funds for approved reclassifications and range changes.

PART C proposed to:

1. Amend the Retiree Health Insurance Internal Service Fund law to clarify investment, audit and use of the fund; and

2. Authorize the State Budget Officer to distribute retiree health insurance costs to affected accounts as appropriation and allocation adjustments.

PART D proposed to:

1. Amend the law as it relates to the definition of "corporation" to ensure that all health maintenance organizations are equitably subjected to the corporate income tax; and

2. Amend the law as it relates to the definition of "compensation" for payroll tax calculation on leased or temporary employees.

PART E proposed to amend the law concerning positions to support the design and implementation of the new Budget Management System within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

PART F proposed to:

1. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease-purchase agreements to purchase motor vehicles for the Central Motor Pool;

2. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease-purchase agreements to purchase hardware, software and systems in support of the operations of State Government; and

3. Authorize the issuance of securities by the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority.

PART G proposed to establish the Office of Victim Services within the Department of Corrections and to authorize the transfer of funds by financial order to pay overtime and labor market adjustments for teachers at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility. Part G also proposed to authorize the Department of Corrections to establish intermittent positions to avoid unbudgeted overtime. This Part proposed to rename the Southern Maine Juvenile Facility the "Long Creek Youth Development Center" and the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility the "Mountain View Youth Development Center." This Part also proposed to authorize the Department of Corrections to carry forward funds for overtime.

PART H proposed to remove the Federal and State Education Program Coordinator from the list of appointments by the Commissioner of Education. It also proposed to authorize funds to be lapsed from the general purpose aid for local schools account to the General Fund.

PART I proposed to establish the Land Management Fund within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This Part also proposed to authorize certain carrying balances within the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program to lapse to the General Fund.

PART J proposed to amend the law to create a Deputy Commissioner position within the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

PART K proposed to authorize the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf to transfer available balances of appropriations and allocations between line categories by financial order and authorize the extension of a limited-period position to June 30, 2002.

PART L proposed to change the presumptive abandonment period for property related to the demutualization or related reorganization of an insurance company to 2 years. It also proposed to allow the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to share certain information with the Treasurer of State. It also proposed to transfer additional amounts from the Abandoned Property Fund in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03.

PART M proposed to authorize the change of bargaining unit from Professional Technical to Supervisory Services for the Senior DNA Forensic Analyst position within the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police. This Part also proposed to authorize the Department of Human Services to fund position upgrades in the Drinking Water program and the Eating and Lodging program and the previously approved upgrade of one Planning and Research Associate position within existing budgeted resources.

PART N proposed to authorize the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to issue securities up to $5,500,000 for certain courthouse projects.

PART O proposed to eliminate the Office of State Historian program, deappropriate its current funding and provide funding for the Office of State Historian program within the Historic Preservation Commission program. It also proposed to eliminate the nonlapsing funds language.

PART P proposed to fund the Lewiston-Auburn College teachers for elementary and middle schools project through a delay in the Maine Patent Program and provide 2.5% increases in the base budgets for the University of Maine System, the Maine Technical College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

PART P also proposed to authorize transfers from the General Fund Salary Plan to the Maine Technical College System for collective bargaining costs in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03.

PART Q proposed to continue an adjustment of headcount that was authorized in Public Law 2001, chapter 1; reflect the number of positions authorized by the Legislative Council to support the activities of the Legislature and the organization of the 120th Legislature; provide sufficient funds in the personal services line category to meet the needs of the current organizational structure of the Legislature; and provide for a line category transfer of funds to establish a position to replace desktop support currently provided by contract.

PART R proposed to fund a celebration of the State House renovations.

PART S proposed to provide additional guidance regarding the 2.5% increase of wages and benefits included in the reimbursement to agencies for mental health and mental retardation services.

PART T proposed to:

1. Contain recommendations of the Committee to Develop a Compensation Program for Victims of Abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, created by Resolve 1999, chapter 127, Part B. This Part takes the place of L.D. 271 and L.D. 293.

2. Create the Baxter Compensation Authority, which establishes the Baxter Compensation Program to pay compensation to the former students who were sexually or physically abused while attending the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or its predecessor, the Maine School for the Deaf. Claims for compensation would need to be submitted by March 31, 2006. All compensation would need to be paid out by July 1, 2007, when the program ceased to exist.

The compensation and costs of the program would be paid from the Baxter Compensation Authority Other Special Revenue Fund account. The amount of $1,000,000 is proposed to be transferred from the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Student Trust Fund into the account on July 1, 2001. The amount of $2,000,000 is proposed to be transferred from the Maine Rainy Day Fund into the account in fiscal year 2001-02. The amount of $3,000,000 is proposed to be set aside in the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Compensation Fund within the Maine Rainy Day Fund to be made available by financial order to pay compensation to the victims and to pay administrative costs of the program.

Part U proposed to establish a Statewide Radio and Network System Reserve Fund as an internal service fund within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for the purpose of replacing the current radio and network system. This Part proposed to require the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to prepare a report to specified committees of the Legislature on all activities of the radio and network system. This Part also proposed to provide lease-purchase authorization for the acquisition of hardware and software for the radio and network system and provides funding for the financing costs.

Part V proposed to clarify the licensing responsibilities for new agency liquor stores and authorize the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Liquor Enforcement to waive the spacing requirement for agency liquor stores in order to license a sufficient number of agency stores in municipalities to implement this Part.

Part W proposed to transfer $150,000 to the General Fund in fiscal year 2001-02 from available balances in an account within the Department of the Attorney General designated for the legal expenses involved with the defense of the boundary dispute with New Hampshire. Part W also proposed to transfer $2,550,000 from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Securities Division to the General Fund in fiscal year 2001-02.

PART X proposed to:

1. Repeal the child welfare services ombudsman, a position in the Executive Department that has not been funded in years.

2. Establish an ombudsman program within the Executive Department through contract with an independent nonprofit organization. Ombudsman services will be provided by one ombudsman and one support staff.

3. Provide that the duties of the ombudsman include serving the children and families with regard to child welfare services provided by the Department of Human Services.

4. Provide for penalties for persons who intentionally interfere with the performance of the ombudsman's duties and for persons who penalize or impose restrictions on a person who makes a complaint or inquiry to the ombudsman.

5. Require a report in January 2003 regarding combining other advocacy and ombudsman functions within the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Corrections and the Disability Rights Center.

6. Provide funding for 18 new caseworkers, 3 supervisors, one Division Director and 2 Program Administrator - Child Protective positions in child welfare services in the Department of Human Services, increases funding for travel and cellular phone time and provides funding for laptop computers.

7. Transfer $4,043,531 from the Department of Human Services, Child Support Collections, Other Special Revenue account representing a portion of the State's share of child support collections earned but not transferred to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Other Special Revenue account and provides for a corresponding General Fund deappropriation due to the availability of one-time funds from child support collections.

PART Y proposed to provide funds for the Department of Human Services for the completion of Phase I and for Phase II and Phase III of the Claims Management System.

PART Z proposed to establish the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Board within the Department of the Attorney General. It also proposed to appropriate funds for the sexual assault forensic examiner program and for the new violence against women initiative in the Department of Public Safety.

PART AA proposed to authorize a tax anticipation note of up to $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2001-02 and provides a General Fund appropriation to cover the debt service costs associated with that note.

PART BB proposed to amend Public Law 1999, chapter 731 to provide that funds of the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission do not lapse but must be carried forward until June 30, 2002.

PART CC proposed to allocate funds on a one-time basis from the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Fund for a low-flow study to be conducted by the Aroostook Water and Soil Management Board.

PART DD proposed to provide a 5% increase in the maximum level of assistance in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program effective October 1, 2001.

PART DD also proposed to include offsetting allocations and deallocations of $750,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to reflect the requirement that the Department of Human Services use unexpended TANF block grant funds to support a portion of the 5% increase in the maximum level of assistance.

PART EE proposed to deallocate funds to the Public Advocate within the Executive Department in order to limit growth within the Office of the Public Advocate.

PART FF proposed to set up a priority of transfers from unappropriated surplus at the close of fiscal year 2000-01.

PART GG proposed to authorize the issuance of complimentary hunting and fishing licenses to resident active military personnel.

PART HH proposed to:

1. Establish a summer "fill" program to provide low-income households that are eligible for fuel assistance through the Low-income Home Energy Assistance program, LIHEAP, with an initial supply of fuel and authorizes a $10,000,000 working capital advance from the General Fund beginning in fiscal year 2002-03.

2. Require the Maine State Housing Authority to study fixed-price home heating fuel contracts for fuel assistance recipients.

3. Require the Maine State Housing Authority to identify the most effective way to provide adequate funding of the anticipated 25% nonfederal share of the weatherization program.

4. Require the Maine State Housing Authority to investigate the possibility of establishing a separate Office of Energy Conservation within the Maine State Housing Authority.

5. Require the Maine State Housing Authority to annually investigate the possibility of increasing the percentage of LIHEAP funds for weatherization services.

6. Require the State Planning Office to conduct a study to determine whether the State can reduce its per capita residential energy consumption by 25% by 2011.

PART II proposed to expand the eligibility for the elderly low-cost drug program by adding over-the-counter medications that are prescribed by a health care provider and approved as cost-effective by the Department of Human Services as a basic component of the elderly low-cost drug program. This Part also proposed to establish income eligibility for the elderly low-cost drug program at 185% of the federal nonfarm income poverty line as adjusted to match the annual cost-of-living increases in social security retirement benefits.

PART JJ proposed to exempt from use tax merchandise that is donated to an exempt organization.

PART KK proposed to appropriate funds to support outreach activities at the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery.

PART LL proposed to provide an income tax deduction for compensation paid to victims of the Holocaust and their survivors.

PART MM proposed to require the Department of Human Services to adopt rules that take effect on January 1, 2002 to increase the amount of reimbursement under the Medicaid program for occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathologist and audiologist services to 50% of the usual and customary charge.

PART NN proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation to the Department of Education for the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition, the department's training and technical assistance arm on mandated transition issues. The funds will be used to ensure that all youth, parents, school districts and agencies dealing with transition in this State have access to the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition's services including information disseminating, training, capacity building for systems change, youth leadership and advocacy.

PART OO proposed to direct the Department of Conservation to work with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to modify the federal coastal engineering structure at Camp Ellis in Saco. It also proposed to direct the department to develop a beach nourishment policy for the State.

PART PP proposed to increase the percentage transferred to the Local Government Fund from 5.1% to 5.2% for 6 months beginning January 1, 2003.

PART QQ proposed to increase the contribution for health insurance for retired teacher members from 30% to 35% beginning July 1, 2002. In addition, the amendment proposed to indicate that eligible retired teachers must have 5 years of creditable service to be eligible for the state contribution to the health insurance benefit.

PART RR proposed to reinstate emergency assistance for veterans.

PART SS proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation of $300,000 to the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to be used as the state match requirement for the Maine Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a federal and state partnership that builds research infrastructure in states. This amendment also proposed to establish the Maine EPSCoR Capacity Fund to be used to match successful EPSCoR awards.

PART TT proposed to provide one-time funds to encourage private donations to the Maine Maritime Academy's Small Vessel Endowment Fund and require the Academy to raise private contributions on a 2-for-1 basis to supplement the appropriation.

PART UU proposed to direct the Department of Human Services to grant Medicaid eligibility to women who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer under the State's early detection program.

PART VV proposed to designate as public assistance aid provided to veterans and their dependents pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 37-B and require that the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management retain administrative responsibility for this aid.

PART VV also proposed to provide funding for support staff positions in the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Veterans' Services regional field offices.

PART WW proposed to implement certain recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission established by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 4, chapter 35. The purpose of implementing this Part is to attract the most highly qualified candidates to the bench by improving the retirement benefits provided to the State's judiciary. Implementation of this Part will increase the maximum benefit from 60% to 70% of average final compensation for judges appointed on or after December 1, 1984.

PART XX proposed to provide funds to allow Maine to continue its membership in the Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship.

PART YY proposed to permit foster parents to purchase group health insurance through the state employee health insurance plan.

PART ZZ proposed to appropriate ongoing funds to establish 4 new Jobs for Maine's Graduates' sites for the biennium.

PART AAA proposed to provide funds for the High Hopes Clubhouse to allow for the continuation of its Waterville operations.

PART BBB proposed to provide funds for the State's share of the budget to operate the Northeast Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing.

PART CCC proposed to establish the Community Health Access Program within the Department of Human Services and provides for one Social Services Program Manager position to administer the program, effective July 1, 2002.

PART DDD proposed to specify the manner of calculation of rate of return for nonprofit nursing facilities beginning February 1, 2002, contingent on approval of Medicaid funding at the federal level.

PART EEE proposed to implement the recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission regarding per diem compensation.

PART FFF proposed to provide funds to improve the services of the Saco River Corridor Commission.

PART GGG proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation of $25,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the Department of Education to grant funds to certain teachers seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. These funds are appropriated as a state match with federal and University of Maine System funds. This appropriation is intended to provide reimbursement for only those teachers that become certified. Individual grants issued by the Maine Leadership Consortium may not exceed $2,300 per teacher.

PART HHH proposed to provide funds from the Fund for a Health Maine to continue the Donated Dental Services program.

PART III proposed to appropriate funds to the Maine Technical College System for the programs and operation of the Bath Higher Education Center.

PART JJJ proposed to exempt certain organizations from the meals and lodging tax.

PART KKK proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation to the Department of Labor for Catholic Charities Maine to support a portion of the cost of 2 additional Teacher of Blind and Visually Impaired Children positions and related costs.

PART LLL proposed to clarify the duties of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services regarding reporting the need for children's crisis services and allocates those duties to the Maine Revised Statutes.

PART MMM proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation of $67,000 annually in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 for the Department of Labor to support a portion of the cost of one new Computer Access Specialist position to provide computer access services through the Iris Network to blind consumers regardless of age or location in the State.

PART NNN proposed to provide General Fund appropriation of $100,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 for the Department of Labor to increase statewide education, training and employment and self-employment services for displaced homemakers. The appropriation would provide for increased staff to provide service delivery in Washington and Waldo counties beginning in fiscal year 2002-03.

PART OOO proposed to provide funds for the Finance Authority of Maine to undertake a study of methods of relieving the shortage of dentists in Maine, including the feasibility of establishing an accredited dental residency program.

PART PPP proposed to amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999 and sentencing provisions for sex offenders.

PART QQQ proposed to establish a sales tax exemption for certain incorporated, nonprofit memorial foundations.

PART RRR proposed to authorize the Department of Human Services to establish a prescription drug reimportation program contingent upon approval from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and upon cost savings to be realized by Maine citizens as a result of the operation of this program.

PART SSS proposed to provide for the reimbursement to optometrists for services provided to persons whose care is paid for in part by the Medicaid program and in part by the Medicare program.

PART TTT proposed to establish the Education Funding Reform Committee to make recommendations to the Legislature that reduce the State's reliance on the property tax as the primary source of funding for elementary and secondary education and to identify other funding sources that ensure equal educational opportunity, provide a more equitable balance among funding sources and provide property tax relief to encourage businesses to expand and locate to the State and to entice more people to live in the State. The committee is required to make recommendations to the Legislature by December 31, 2001. The Legislature may accept or reject the committee's recommendations or submit the committee's recommendations to the voters at a public referendum at the time of the general election in November 2002. It also provides a General Fund appropriation for the Legislature to support the costs of the commission.

PART UUU proposed to provide additional funds for the Reading Recovery Program.

PART VVV proposed to retroactively amend an appropriation for a school breakfast incentive grant program included in a 1999 supplemental budget to allow unexpended balances in that account to carry forward from year to year to be used for school breakfast incentive grants. Without this retroactive amendment, those unexpended balances would lapse to the General Fund. This part also proposed changes to the standard determining which schools are eligible to participate in the program to that standard originally proposed.

PART WWW proposed to appropriate funds for the Capital Riverfront Improvement District.

PART XXX proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation for the Department of Corrections to support the Building Alternatives Program at the Maine Youth Center in fiscal year 2002-03. It also proposed to require the Department of Corrections to report on a plan to establish a building alternatives program at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility.

PART YYY proposed to establish the Community Forestry Fund, provides a one-time appropriation to the fund in fiscal year 2001-02 and necessary allocations and ensures continuing revenues for the fund by dedicating to the fund 2.5% of the General Fund portion of real estate transfer tax revenue up to $200,000 annually. The portion of real estate transfer tax revenue dedicated to the fund is reduced by the amount of federal funds received for community forestry. In fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03, it is estimated that federal funds will exceed $200,000 annually, so that no real estate transfer tax funds will be required.

PART ZZZ proposed to appropriate funds for the continuance of the state meat inspection program.

PART AAAA proposed to establish the Health Care System and Health Security Board. The board is composed of 19 members. The board is charged with developing a plan to provide health care coverage to all citizens of this State in a manner that emphasizes 24 hour coverage, quality, cost containment, choice of provider and access to comprehensive and long-term care. The board is required to conduct a feasibility study of economic impacts of the plan on individuals and businesses of payment options and to develop proposals for implementation of a plan for universal coverage and access. The board is authorized to contract with a health policy organization for staffing assistance and to accept public and private funding. The board is authorized to introduce legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 120th Legislature.

PART BBBB proposed to establish the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund to support the research and development efforts of the Maine Science and Technology Foundation.

PART CCCC proposed to provide funds for a low-barrier homeless teen shelter located in Rockland to serve youth in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties of Region 2.

PART DDDD proposed to provide additional funding for the geographic isolation adjustment within the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program.

PART EEEE proposed to change the name of the Maine Communities in the New Century Program to the New Century Community Program and provide funding to enhance the preservation and advancement of local cultural resources, promote literacy and access to lifelong learning among children and adults and expand opportunities for cultural tourism.

PART FFFF proposed to authorize implementation of the Enhanced 9-1-1 Emergency System, authorizes a one-year increase in the statewide E-1-1 surcharge and provide additional allocations necessary to implement the program.

PART GGGG proposed to provide funds to include podiatrists in the group of health care providers who are exempt from reimbursement reductions with respect to its liability for Medicare Part B deductible and coinsurance charges.

PART HHHH proposed to remove certain law enforcement officers in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources from the 1998 Special Plan and provide those certain positions with a retirement plan that offers full retirement benefits after 25 years of service with no minimum age requirement. This plan change is to be funded through year-end transfers from the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund to the Retirement Allowance Fund. The effective date of the plan change is dependent upon the balance of the Retirement Allowance Fund and the further action of the Legislature to direct payment of the full actuarial cost of the retirement system.

PART IIII proposed to include a one-time General Fund appropriation to fund a matching grant program that establishes education and training programs for eligible health care businesses and organizations that provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds and meet eligibility criteria established by rules of the Maine Technical College System.

PART JJJJ proposed to appropriate funding for the Maine State Library to purchase on-line reference materials.

PART KKKK proposed to make the following General Fund appropriations: ongoing appropriations of $50,000 each in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 for operating costs at the Katahdin Area K-Tech Center; an ongoing appropriation of $60,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the Maine Technical College System for Western Maine University and Technical College Center operations; a one-time appropriation of $120,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the University of Maine System for architectural work at the Western Maine University and Technical College Center; and an ongoing appropriation of $90,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the University of Maine System for Western Maine University and Technical College Center operations.

PART LLLL proposed to establish a grant fund in the Department of Conservation to assist foresters with the costs of obtaining certain certifications. This Part also proposed to provide appropriations and allocations necessary to administer this program.

PART MMMM proposed to establish and fund the Maine Port Terminal Facilities Marketing Program.

PART NNNN proposed to require the Commissioner of Education to pay as a supplement to the regular student tuition for unorganized territory students attending school in School Administrative District No. 58 a debt service factor to help fund school construction costs of the school district.

PART OOOO proposed to establish a state purchasing code of conduct for suppliers of apparel, footwear or textiles and provide the Division of Purchases the General Fund appropriations necessary to administer the new provisions.

PART PPPP proposed to raise the debt service limit for school facilities bonds for fiscal year 2005-06 and fiscal year 2006-07.

PART QQQQ proposed to create the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, which is composed primarily of youth and student members, to provide advice to the Legislature on matters relating to youth and appropriates funds for the council.

PART RRRR proposed to establish the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force and appropriates funds to administer the task force.

PART SSSS proposed to authorize the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to accept land for a veterans' cemetery in southern Maine. Land accepted by the department must meet all the requirements provided in state laws and rules.

PART TTTT proposed to amend the penalties for late filing of accelerated campaign reporting under the Maine Clean Election Act. It also proposed to provide additional appropriations for increased costs of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and Other Special Revenue Funds allocations for one additional General Counsel position.

PART UUUU proposed to increase the cigarette tax from 74 cents to 94 cents per pack effective September 1, 2001 and reduce the amount of the increase that licensed distributors retain.

PART VVVV proposed to increase the sales tax on prepared food from 5% to 7% and amend the definition of prepared food effective August 1, 2001.

PART WWWW proposed to establish the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund within the Department of Economic and Community Development and dedicate a portion of meals and lodging tax collections to this fund to fund the Office of Tourism program effective July 1, 2003.

PART XXXX proposed to provide funds for sexual assault and domestic violence intervention and prevention.

PART YYYY proposed to authorize the expenditure of funding among pharmaceutical benefits programs administered by the Department of Human Services.

PART ZZZZ proposed to authorize certain balances to carry forward and makes adjustments to appropriations to reflect the estimated balances that will be carried forward. It also proposed to provide funding for the State House renovation shortfall, legislative studies, the civil rights team project and the Maine Biomedical Research Fund. It also recognized savings in the Department of Economic and Community Development and utilizes some of the TANF reserve funds within the Department of Human Services.

Committee Amendment "B" (H-725)

PART A proposed supplemental appropriations and allocations.

PART B proposed supplemental appropriations and allocations from various governmental funds for approved reclassifications and range changes.

PART C proposed to:

1. Amend the Retiree Health Insurance Internal Service Fund law to clarify investment, audit and use of the fund; and

2. Authorize the State Budget Officer to distribute retiree health insurance costs to affected accounts as appropriation and allocation adjustments.

PART D proposed to:

1. Amend the law as it relates to the definition of "corporation" to ensure that all health maintenance organizations are equitably subjected to the corporate income tax; and

2. Amend the law as it relates to the definition of "compensation" for payroll tax calculation on leased or temporary employees.

PART E proposed to:

1. Amend the law concerning positions to support the design and implementation of the new Budget Management System within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

PART F proposed to:

1. Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease-purchase agreements to purchase motor vehicles for the Central Motor Pool;

2 Authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease-purchase agreements to purchase hardware, software and systems in support of the operations of State Government; and

3. Authorize the issuance of securities by the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority.

PART G proposed to establish the Office of Victim Services within the Department of Corrections and authorizes the transfer of funds by financial order to pay overtime and labor market adjustments for teachers at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility. Part G also authorizes the Department of Corrections to establish intermittent positions to avoid unbudgeted overtime. This Part proposed to rename the Southern Maine Juvenile Facility the "Long Creek Youth Development Center" and the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility the "Mountain View Youth Development Center." This Part also proposed to authorize the Department of Corrections to carry forward funds for overtime.

PART H proposed to remove the Federal and State Education Program Coordinator from the list of appointments by the Commissioner of Education. It also proposed to authorize funds to be lapsed from the general purpose aid for local schools account to the General Fund.

PART I proposed to establish the Land Management Fund within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This Part also proposed to authorize certain carrying balances within the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program to lapse to the General Fund.

PART J proposed to amend the law to create a Deputy Commissioner position within the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

PART K proposed to authorize the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf to transfer available balances of appropriations and allocations between line categories by financial order and extend a limited-period position to June 30, 2002.

PART L proposed to change the presumptive abandonment period for property related to the demutualization or related reorganization of an insurance company to 2 years. It also proposed to allow the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to share certain information with the Treasurer of State. It also proposed to transfer additional amounts from the Abandoned Property Fund in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03.

PART M proposed to authorize the change of bargaining unit from Professional Technical to Supervisory Services for the Senior DNA Forensic Analyst position within the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police. This Part also proposed to authorize the Department of Human Services to fund position upgrades in the Drinking Water program and the Eating and Lodging program and the previously approved upgrade of one Planning and Research Associate position within existing budgeted resources.

PART N proposed to authorize the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to issue securities up to $5,500,000 for certain courthouse projects.

PART O proposed to eliminate the Office of State Historian program, deappropriate its current funding and provide funding for the Office of State Historian program within the Historic Preservation Commission program. It also proposed to eliminate the nonlapsing funds language.

PART P proposed to fund the Lewiston-Auburn College teachers for elementary and middle schools project through a delay in the Maine Patent Program and provide 2.5% increases in the base budgets for the University of Maine System, the Maine Technical College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

PART P also proposed to authorize transfers from the General Fund Salary Plan to the Maine Technical College System for collective bargaining costs in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03.

PART Q proposed to continue an adjustment of headcount that was authorized in Public Law 2001, chapter 1; reflect the number of positions authorized by the Legislative Council to support the activities of the Legislature and the organization of the 120th Legislature; provide sufficient funds in the personal services line category to meet the needs of the current organizational structure of the Legislature; and provide for a line category transfer of funds to establish a position to replace desktop support currently provided by contract.

PART R proposed funding a celebration of the State House renovations.

PART S proposed to authorize funds to be transferred from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the General Fund and provide additional deallocations from the Fund for a Healthy Maine.

PART T proposed to:

1. Contain recommendations of the Committee to Develop a Compensation Program for Victims of Abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, created by Resolve 1999, chapter 127, Part B. This Part takes the place of L.D. 271 and L.D. 293.

2. Create the Baxter Compensation Authority, which establishes the Baxter Compensation Program to pay compensation to the former students who were sexually or physically abused while attending the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or its predecessor, the Maine School for the Deaf. Claims for compensation must be filed by March 31, 2006. All compensation must be paid out by July 1, 2007, when the program ceases to exist.

The compensation and costs of the program would be paid from the Baxter Compensation Authority Other Special Revenue Fund account. The amount of $1,000,000 would be transferred from the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Student Trust Fund into the account on July 1, 2001. The amount of $2,000,000 would be transferred from the Maine Rainy Day Fund into the account in fiscal year 2001-02. The amount of $3,000,000 would be set aside in the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Compensation Fund within the Maine Rainy Day Fund to be made available by financial order to pay compensation to the victims and to pay administrative costs of the program.

PART U proposed to establish a Statewide Radio and Network System Reserve Fund as an internal service fund within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for the purpose of replacing the current radio and network system. This Part would require the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to prepare a report to specified committees of the Legislature on all activities of the radio and network system. This Part also proposed to provide lease-purchase authorization for the acquisition of hardware and software for the radio and network system and provides funding for the financing costs.

PART V proposed to clarify that the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement within the Department of Public Safety is responsible for licensing agency liquor stores and authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Liquor Enforcement to waive the spacing requirement for agency liquor stores in order to license a sufficient number of agency stores in municipalities to implement this Part.

PART W proposed to transfer $150,000 to the General Fund in fiscal year 2001-02 from available balances in an account within the Department of the Attorney General designated for the legal expenses involved with the defense of the boundary dispute with New Hampshire to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund. Part W also proposed to transfer $2,550,000 from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Securities Division to the General Fund in fiscal year 2001-02.

PART X proposed to:

1. Repeal the child welfare services ombudsman, a position in the Executive Department that has not been funded in years.

2. Establish an ombudsman program within the Executive Department through contract with an independent nonprofit organization. Ombudsman services would be provided by one ombudsman and one support staff.

3. Provide that the duties of the ombudsman include serving the children and families with regard to child welfare services provided by the Department of Human Services.

4. Provide for penalties for persons who intentionally interfere with the performance of the ombudsman's duties and for persons who penalize or impose restrictions on a person who makes a complaint or inquiry to the ombudsman.

5. Require a report in January 2003 regarding combining other advocacy and ombudsman functions within the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Corrections and the Disability Rights Center.

6. Provide funding for 18 new caseworkers, 3 supervisors, one Division Director and 2 Program Administrator - Child Protective positions in child welfare services in the Department of Human Services, increase funding for travel and cellular phone time and provide funding for laptop computers.

7. Transfer $4,043,531 from the Department of Human Services, Child Support Collections, Other Special Revenue account representing a portion of the State's share of child support collections earned but not transferred to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Other Special Revenue account and provide for a corresponding General Fund deappropriation due to the availability of one-time funds from child support collections.

PART Y proposed to provide funds for the Department of Human Services for the completion of Phase I and for Phase II and Phase III of the Claims Management System.

PART Z proposed to establish the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Board within the Department of the Attorney General.

PART AA proposed to authorize a tax anticipation note of up to $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2001-02 and provide a General Fund appropriation to cover the debt service costs associated with that note.

PART BB proposed to amend Public Law 1999, chapter 731 to provide that funds of the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission do not lapse but must be carried forward until June 30, 2002.

PART CC proposed to allocate funds on a one-time basis from the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Fund for a low-flow study to be conducted by the Aroostook Water and Soil Management Board.

PART DD proposed to provide for an across-the-board reduction of approximately 1% to General Fund accounts with some exception for fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03.

PART EE proposed to deallocate funds to the Public Advocate within the Executive Department in order to limit growth within the Office of the Public Advocate.

PART FF proposed to prioritize transfers from unappropriated surplus at the close of fiscal year 2000-01.

PART GG proposed to amend the law to provide for the closing of all state-operated liquor stores.

House Amendment "A "to Committee Amendment "A" (H-730)

This amendment proposed to direct the State Fire Marshal to negotiate a bulk purchase price for thermal imaging cameras to be purchased by local fire-fighting units and law enforcement agencies. The purchase may be furthered by means of a low-interest loan administered by the Commissioner of Public Safety from the Thermal Imaging Camera Fund. It also proposed to add appropriation and allocation sections to the amendment.

House Amendment "A" to Committee Amendment "B" (H-736)

This amendment proposed to amend Committee Amendment "B" as follows:

1. Provide funds for sexual assault and domestic violence intervention and prevention.

2. Authorize the expenditure of funding among pharmaceutical benefits programs administered by the Department of Human Services.

3. Authorize certain balances to carry forward and make adjustments to appropriations to reflect the estimated balances that will be carried forward. It also proposed to recognize savings in the Department of Economic and Community Development and utilize some of the TANF reserve funds within the Department of Human Services.

House Amendment "B" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-731)

This amendment proposed to require the Department of Human Services to adopt rules increasing the amount of income that may be retained by residents of nursing and residential care facilities.

House Amendment "C" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-732)

This amendment proposed to require the Department of Human Services to adopt rules increasing the amount of income that may be retained by residents of nursing and residential care facilities. This amendment proposed to fund the increase by funds that would otherwise go to legislative cost-of-living salary adjustments.

House Amendment "D" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-733)

This amendment proposed to repeal the Maine Learning Technology Endowment and transfer the funds currently in the endowment to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

House Amendment "E" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-734)

This amendment proposed to deappropriate funding for fingerprinting and background checks. The amendment proposed to appropriate funds for one additional adult probation officer to work with individuals convicted of sexual abuse. It also proposed to appropriate funds to be distributed as grants to local mentoring programs and to appropriate funds for 7 human services caseworkers to work with child abuse cases.

House Amendment "F" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-735)

This amendment proposed to amend Committee Amendment "A" to specify that the 7% sales tax on prepared foods is imposed only on food sold in establishments licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 562.

House Amendment "G" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-737)

This amendment proposed to deappropriate funding for the maintenance and network management associated with the ATM distance learning network.

House Amendment "H" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-738)

This amendment proposed to provide additional funds for General Purpose Aid for Local Schools based on a 5% increase, including cushion, over funding provided for fiscal year 2001-02. This amendment proposed funding this increase by transferring funds from the Maine Learning Technology Endowment.

House Amendment "I" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-740)

This amendment proposed to make a correction to the designation of a fund. It also proposed to strike that part of Committee Amendment "A" that amends the penalties for late filing of accelerated campaign reporting under the Maine Clean Election Act and that provides additional appropriations for increased costs of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and Other Special Revenue funds allocations for one additional General Counsel position.

House Amendment "J" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-741)

PART AAAAA proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation to the Department of Labor for the continuation of the Maine Airs program through the Iris Network, formerly known as the Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

PART BBBBB proposed to authorize the Chief of the State Police to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states concerning permits to carry concealed firearms and to appropriate funds necessary to administer those agreements.

PART CCCCC proposed to direct the State Fire Marshal to negotiate a bulk purchase price for thermal imaging cameras to be purchased by local fire-fighting units and law enforcement agencies. This Part also proposed to establish a fund by which loans can be made for the purchase of thermal imaging cameras and provide an appropriation and an allocation for these purposes.

PART DDDDD proposed to increase the allowable forest management and harvest plan income tax credit for parcels of land greater than 10 acres from $200 to $300, beginning January 1, 2002.

PART EEEEE proposed to appropriate funds to conduct a low-flow study in Aroostook County.

PART FFFFF proposed to consolidate existing dam safety laws within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management and moves the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Fund from the Department of Environmental Protection to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

PART GGGGG proposed to exempt from the sales tax sales to incorporate nonprofit organizations that provide temporary child placement and adoption services and are licensed by the Department of Human Services as child-placing agencies or emergency shelters.

PART HHHHH proposed to provide funds for the maintenance of Maine's monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park.

PART IIIII proposed to provide additional funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine for loans to Maine residents enrolled in a school of dental education or to repay loan agreements for practicing doctors of dental medicine who practice in underserved population areas.

PART JJJJJ proposed to authorize the issuance of transportation vouchers to persons with disabilities and appropriates funds for this purpose.

PART KKKKK proposed to appropriate one-time funds for the Oxford County Fair Society.

PART LLLLL proposed to require the Department of Human Services to amend the rules of reimbursement for durable medical equipment in 4 areas, including crossover claims for persons eligible under the Medicaid program and the Medicare program; removing the reimbursement cap on major purchases; granting approval for purchases requiring prior authorization if not granted within 30 days of submitting an application; and reimbursement for travel costs when necessary to make repairs and service durable medical equipment.

PART MMMMM proposed to authorize payments from the Maine Rainy Day Fund for death benefits for law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel who die in the line of duty.

PART NNNNN proposed to provide funds to create a digital library to meet the educational, research, business and economic needs of Maine.

PART OOOOO proposed to exclude from the calculation of a consumer's income the income of a consumer's spouse under the home-based care program within the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services within the Department of Human Services.

House Amendment "K" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-742)

This amendment proposed to eliminate funding for all new positions established by Committee Amendment "A" and instead provide additional funds for general purpose aid for local schools.

House Amendment "L" to Committee Amendment "A" (H-747)

This amendment proposed to remove the emergency preamble and emergency clause from the bill as amended. The amendment adjusts dates in the cigarette tax and the meal tax provisions to reflect the nonemergency status. It proposed to authorize the State Controller to keep open the official system of general accounts of State Government for fiscal year 2000-01 to make post-closing entries and adjustments to carry out the provisions of this Act. The amendment also proposed to increase transfers from the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

This amendment also changes the date of transfer of funds to the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Student Trust Fund from July 1, 2001 to October 1, 2001. The amendment also strikes the language authorizing a tax anticipation note to cover the debt service costs associated with that note. The amendment also proposed to change the reporting date on which the Maine State Housing Authority must report on the energy issues from September 1, 2001 to November 1, 2001. The amendment also proposed to strike the language that authorizes the expenditure of funding among pharmaceutical benefits programs administered by the Department of Human Services.

The amendment proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation to the Department of Labor for the continuation of the Maine Airs program through the Iris Network, formerly known as the Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The amendment proposed to direct the State Fire Marshal to negotiate a bulk purchase price for thermal imaging cameras to be purchased by local fire-fighting units and law enforcement agencies. This amendment also proposed to establish a fund by which loans can be made for the purchase of thermal imaging cameras and provides an appropriation and an allocation for these purposes.

The amendment proposed to authorize payments from the Maine Rainy Day Fund for death benefits for law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel who die in the line of duty.

The amendment proposed to provide additional funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine for loans to Maine residents enrolled in a school of dental education or to repay loan agreements for practicing doctors of dental medicine who practice in underserved population areas.

Senate Amendment "A" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-364)

This amendment proposed to amend the laws governing the general purpose aid to local schools program. Current law proposed to limit the state share of the foundation allocation for each administrative unit to the same proportion of the maximum allocation as the local administrative unit raises of its maximum local share of the foundation allocation. The amendment proposed to limit the reduction in the state share of the foundation allocation for each school administrative unit that raises its local share of the foundation allocation if the school administrative unit has raised 9.0 mills in fiscal year 2001-02 and 10.0 mills in fiscal year 2002-03.

Senate Amendment "B" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-365)

This amendment proposed to fund the per diem and other expenses associated with increasing the number of meetings and extending office hours of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices from the Maine Clean Election Fund.

Senate Amendment "C" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-366)

This amendment proposed to begin the increase in state-municipal revenue sharing on November 1, 2002 and repeals the July 1, 2003 sunset.

Senate Amendment "D" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-367)

This amendment proposed to remove the July 1, 2003 sunset in the increase of state-municipal revenue sharing to 5.2% of sales and income tax receipts.

Senate Amendment "E" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-368)

This amendment proposed to establish a cold case homicide squad within the Department of Public Safety and terminates the squad on October 30, 2004 unless the squad is continued by the Legislature. The amendment proposed to require the Department of Public Safety to provide a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters by January 1, 2004 evaluating the success of the cold case homicide squad and making recommendations on continuation of the squad. The amendment proposed to include an appropriation to fund one state police detective position for the cold case homicide squad.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 439 is the Part 2 budget bill for fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03. It contains the following provisions.

PART

 

SECTION

 

DESCRIPTION

         

A

 

A-1

 

Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations (All Funds)

         

B

 

B-1

 

General Fund Appropriations and Deappropriations for Reclassifications

         
   

B-2

 

Federal Expenditures Fund Allocations for Reclassifications

         
   

B-3

 

Other Special Revenue funds Allocations/Deallocations for Reclassifications

         
   

B-4

 

Federal Block Grant Fund Allocations for Reclassifications

         

C

 

C-1;C-4

 

Amends the Retiree Health Insurance Internal Service Fund law to clarify investment, audit and the use of the fund

         
   

C-2:C-3

 

Authorizes the State Budget Officer to distribute retiree health insurance costs to affected accounts as adjustments to appropriations and allocations in fiscal year 2002-03

         

D

 

D-1:D-2; D-9

Amends the income tax law as it relates to the definition of "corporation" to ensure that all health maintenance organizations are equitably subjected to the corporate income tax

         
   

D-3:D-9

 

Amends the law as it relates to the definition of "compensation" with regard to leased or temporary employees for determining the payroll factor for purposes of income tax apportionment

         

E

 

E-1

 

Amends the law concerning positions to support the design and implementation of the new Budget and Financial Management System

         

F

 

F-1

 

Authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease-purchase agreements to purchase motor vehicles for the Central Motor Pool

         
   

F-2

 

Authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to enter into lease-purchase agreements to purchase hardware, software and systems in support of the operations of State Government

         
   

F-3

 

Authorizes Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to issue securities up to $7,360,000 for construction and renovation at AMHI, the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and the Transportation Building in Augusta

         

G

 

G-1:G-2

 

Establishes the Office of Victim Services in the Department of Corrections

         
   

G-3

 

Authorizes the transfer of funds by financial order to pay overtime and labor market adjustments for teachers at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility

         
   

G-4

 

Authorizes the Department of Corrections to establish intermittent positions to avoid unbudgeted overtime

         
   

G-5:G-8

 

Renames the Southern Maine Juvenile Facility, the Long Creek Youth Development Center and the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility the Mountain View Youth Development Center

         
   

G-9:G-12

 

Authorizes the Department of Corrections to carry forward funds for overtime

         

H

 

H-1:H-4

 

Removes the Federal and State Education Program Coordinator from the list of appointments by the Commissioner of Education

         
   

H-5

 

Authorizes funds to be lapsed from the General Purpose Aid For Local Schools account to the General Fund

         

I

 

I-1

 

Establishes the Land Management Fund within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

         
   

I-2

 

Authorizes certain carrying balances within the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program to lapse to the General Fund

         
   

I-3

 

Appropriates funds to restore 3 part-time Recreational and Safety Coordinator positions

         

J

 

J-1:J-7

 

Creates a deputy commissioner and eliminates references to other administrative positions in the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services

         

K

 

K-1

 

Authorizes the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf to transfer available balances of appropriations and allocations between line categories within the same account in fiscal year 2001-02

         
   

K-2

 

Authorizes the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf to extend a limited-period Education Team and Policy Director position to June 30, 2002

         

L

 

L-1:L-5

 

Changes the presumptive abandonment period for property related to the demutualization or related reorganization of an insurance company to 2 years

         
   

L-6:L-8

 

It also allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to share certain information with the Treasurer of State

         
   

L-9

 

It also transfers an additional $1 million annually in fiscal year 2001-02 and 2002-03 from the Abandoned Property Fund to the General Fund

         

M

 

M-1

 

Authorizes the change of bargaining unit from Professional Technical to Supervisory Services for the Senior DNA Forensic Analyst position within the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police

         
   

M-2

 

Authorizes the Department of Human Services to fund position upgrades in the Drinking Water Program, the Eating and Lodging Program and a previously approved upgrade of one Planning and Research Associate position

         

N

 

N-1

 

Authorizes the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to issue securities up to $5,500,000 for certain courthouse projects

         

O

 

O-1:O-2

 

Eliminates the Office of State Historian program, deappropriates its current funding and establishes that program within the Historic Preservation Commission

         

P

 

P-1

 

Funds the Lewiston-Auburn College teachers for elementary and middle schools projects through a delay in the Maine Patent Program and provides 2.5% increases in the base budgets for the University of Maine System, the Maine Technical College System and the Maine Maritime Academy

         
   

P-2

 

Authorizes the Maine Technical College System to receive transfers from the General Fund Salary Plan for the costs of collective bargaining agreements in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03

         

Q

 

Q-1

 

Continues an adjustment of headcount that was authorized in Public Law 2001, c. 1; reflects the number of positions authorized by the Legislative Council to support the activities of the Legislature and the organization of the 120th Legislature; provides sufficient funds in the personal services line category to meet the needs of the current organizational structure of the Legislature; and provides for a line category transfer of funds to establish a position to replace desktop support currently provided by contract

         

R

 

R-1

 

Allocates funds supported by private fund-raising activities for a celebration of the State House renovations

         

S

 

S-1

 

Provides additional guidance regarding the 2.5% increase of wages and benefits included in the reimbursement to agencies for mental health and mental retardation services

         

T

 

T-1:T-2

 

Establishes the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Compensation Fund within the Maine Rainy Day Fund as a separate account and capitalizes the compensation fund in the amount of $3,000,000. It further authorizes the transfer of the $3,000,000 from the compensation fund within the Maine Rainy Day Fund to the Baxter Compensation Fund, Other Special Revenue funds account by financial order after the written request of the Baxter Compensation Authority Board (see LD 271 & LD 293)

         
   

T-3:T-8

 

Creates the Baxter Compensation Authority and the Baxter Compensation Program to provide funding to former students who were abused while students of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or the Maine School for the Deaf

         
   

T-9:T-10

 

Authorizes the transfer of $1,000,000 fro the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Student Trust Fund to the Other Special Revenue account and makes allocations from the account

         

U

 

U-1:U-4

 

Establishes a Statewide Radio and Network System Reserve Fund as an internal service fund within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for the purpose of replacing the current radio and network system; requires the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to prepare a report to specified committees of the Legislature on all activities of the radio and network system; provides lease-purchase authorization for the acquisition of hardware and software for the radio and network system and provides appropriations and allocations to fund the lease-purchase authorization

         

V

 

V-1

 

Provides a waiver of the 3.5 mile radius requirement for agency liquor stores

         

W

 

W-1

 

Transfers available balances in an account within the Department of the Attorney General to the General Fund unappropriated surplus

         
   

W-2

 

Transfers available balances in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Securities Division Other Special Revenue account to the General Fund

         

X

 

X-1:X-6

 

Establishes an Ombudsman program (see LD 764)

         
   

X-7:X-9

 

Provides funds for the Department of Human Services for 24 positions and related operating costs associated with increasing resources for child protective and child welfare services and funds for the Ombudsman program

         
   

X-10:X-12

 

Transfers one-time child support collections to TANF and deappropriates from the TANF program an amount equal to the transfer of these collections

         

Y

 

Y-1:Y-3

 

Provides funds for the Department of Human Services for the completion of the Claims Management System through the use of child support collection funds

         

Z

 

Z-1:Z-2

 

Establishes the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Board within the Department of the Attorney General (see LD 1530)

         
   

Z-3

 

Appropriates funds to establish a Research Assistant position in the Department of the Attorney General for the sexual assault forensic examiner program and funds for one Coordinator position and a half-time Clerk Typist III position in the Department of Public Safety for the new violence against women initiative.

         

AA

 

AA-1

 

Authorizes the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission to carry forward operating funds until June 30, 2002

         

BB

 

BB-1

 

Allocates Other Special Revenue funds within the Department of Environmental Protection to fund the costs of a low-flow study to be conducted by the Aroostook Water and Soil Management Board

         

CC

 

CC-1:CC-3

Provides a 5% increase in the maximum level of assistance in the TANF program effective October 1, 2001 (see LD 1209)

         

DD

 

DD-1

 

Revises allocations for the Office of the Public Advocate to limit growth

         

EE

 

EE-1:EE-4

 

Establishes order of priorities for unappropriated surplus transfers at the close of fiscal year 2000-01

         

FF

 

FF-1:FF-2

 

Authorizes the issuance of combination fishing and hunting licenses to active duty military personnel stationed outside the United States for an amount equal to the administrative costs associated with issuing the licenses. (see LD 8)

         

GG

 

GG-1

 

Authorizes the Maine State Housing Authority to make Low-income Home Energy Assistance program funds available earlier in the year and authorizes a $10,000,000 working capital advance from the General Fund beginning in fiscal year 2002-03 (see LD 29)

         
   

GG-2:GG-5

 

Requires the Maine State Housing Authority to study and report on the availability of fixed-price home heating fuel contracts for fuel assistance recipients, the identification of funding for the nonfederal share of weatherization program costs, the feasibility of establishing an Office of Energy Conservation and the possibility of increasing the percentage of LIHEAP funds used for weatherization (see LD 29)

         
   

GG-6

 

Requires the State Planning Office to study whether the State can reduce its per capita residential energy consumption by 25% by 2011 (see LD 29)

         

HH

 

HH-1:HH-4

 

Expands eligibility for the elderly low-cost drug program by adding as a basic component coverage for prescribed, approved over-the-counter medications and by establishing eligibility at 185% of the federal nonfarm income poverty line with cost-of-living adjustments (see LD 50)

         

II

 

II-1:II-2

 

Provides a use tax exemption for merchandise donated to an organization that is exempt from sales tax (see LD 73)

         

JJ

 

JJ-1

 

Appropriates funds for a grant to the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center to support outreach activities at the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery (see LD 97)

         

KK

 

KK-1:KK-2

 

Provides an income tax deduction for Holocaust victim settlement payments to Holocaust survivors (See LD 129)

         

LL

 

LL-1:LL-3

 

Requires the Department of Human Services to adopt rules to increase the amount of Medicaid reimbursement for occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathologist and audiologist services to 50% of the usual and customary charge and appropriates and allocates the necessary funds (see LD 183)

         

MM

 

MM-1

 

Appropriates funds to the Department of Education to allow the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition to assist public schools in complying with state and federal transition requirements related to learning results and postsecondary outcomes for youth with disabilities (see LD 185)

         

NN

 

NN-1:NN-2

 

Establishes the Department of Conservation's role as liaison to the United States Army Corps of Engineers with regard to activities at Camp Ellis in Saco and requires the department to develop a beach nourishment policy (see LD 197)

         

OO

 

OO-1

 

Increases the amount dedicated to state-municipal revenue sharing from 5.1% to 5.2% of state income tax and sales tax revenues beginning January 1, 2003 (see LD 209)

         

PP

 

PP-1:PP-3

 

Increases the state contribution for health insurance for retired teachers from 30% to 35% beginning July 1, 2002 and requires that teachers have 5 years of creditable service to be eligible for state contribution (see LD 211)

         

QQ

 

QQ-1:QQ-3

 

Reinstates emergency assistance for veterans through the Bureau of Veterans' Services (see LD 224)

         

RR

 

RR-1:RR-2

 

Appropriates $300,000 to the Maine Science and Technology Foundation for the Maine Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and establishes the Maine EPSCoR Capacity Fund to provide state matching funds for EPSCoR activities (see LD 228)

         

SS

 

SS-1

 

Appropriates $50,000 to the Maine Maritime Academy's Small Vessel Endowment Fund to encourage private donations (see LD 231)

         

TT

 

TT-1: TT-3

 

Makes available funds to provide full Medicaid services for women with breast or cervical cancer diagnosed through the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (see LD 243)

         

UU

 

UU-1: UU-3

Designates as public assistance, aid provided to veterans and their dependents by the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (see LD 268)

         

VV

 

VV-1:VV-4

 

Increases the maximum benefit under the Judicial Retirement System from 60% to 70% of average final compensation for judges appointed after December 1, 1984 (see LD 301)

         

WW

 

WW-1

 

Provides a one-time appropriation of $20,000 for dues for membership in the Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship (see LD 305)

         

XX

 

XX-1: XX-5

 

Permits foster parents to purchase group health insurance through the state employee health insurance plan (see LD 353)

         

YY

 

YY-1

 

Appropriates funds for 4 new sites for Jobs for Maine's Graduates (see LD 367)

         

ZZ

 

ZZ-1

 

Provides an appropriation of $50,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to be distributed to the High Hopes Clubhouse in Waterville (see LD 370)

         

AAA

 

AAA-1

 

Provides funds for the State's share of the budget to operate the Northeast Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing (see LD 387)

         

BBB

 

BBB-1:

BBB-3

Establishes the Community Health Access Program within the Department of Human Services to provide comprehensive health care services through local nonprofit community corporations (see LD 392)

         

CCC

 

CCC-1:

CCC-3

Provides funds to permit Medicaid reimbursement for nonprofit nursing facilities to include 1/4 of the profit rate applicable to proprietary facilities if approved by the federal Health Care Financing Administration (see LD 393)

         

DDD

 

DDD-1:

DDD-3

Provides funds to increase the per diem compensation of Active Retired Superior Court Justices and District Court Judges (see LD 400)

         

EEE

 

EEE-1

 

Appropriates funds for the operating costs of the Saco River Corridor Commission (see LD 416)

         

FFF

 

FFF-1

 

Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for grants by the Maine Leadership Consortium to support teachers seeking federal certification (see 436)

         

GGG

 

GGG-1

 

Allocates funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine for coordination and administration of the Donated Dental Services program (see LD 505)

         

HHH

 

HHH-1:

HHH-2

Appropriates funds, contingent on bond passage, to support the development, renovation and equipment of the proposed Bath Higher Education Center (see LD 532)

         

III

 

III-1:

III-2

 

Provides a sales tax exemption for certain sales by auxiliary organizations of the American Legion (see LD 581)

         

JJJ

 

JJJ-1

 

Appropriates funds to the Department of Labor for Catholic Charities Maine to support a portion of the cost of 2 Teacher of Blind and Visually Impaired Children positions (see LD 603)

         

KKK

 

KKK-1

 

Clarifies and codifies the duties of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services regarding the need for children's crisis services (see LD 633)

         

LLL

 

LLL-1

 

Appropriates funds to support the provision of computer access services to blind consumers through the Iris Network (see LD 663)

         

MMM

 

MMM-1

 

Appropriates funds to the Department of Labor for Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community to provide increased service in Washington and Waldo Counties beginning in fiscal year 2002-03 (see LD 695)

         

NNN

 

NNN-1

 

Appropriates funds to the Finance Authority of Maine to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing an accredited dental residency program (see LD 707)

         

OOO

 

OOO-1:

OOO-18

Amends the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999 and the sentencing provisions for sex offenders to provide enhanced registration and notification requirements (see LD 833)

         

PPP

 

PPP-1:

PPP-2

Provides a sales tax exemption for memorial foundations that primarily provide cultural programs free to the public (see LD 845)

         

QQQ

 

QQQ-1

 

Authorizes the Department of Human Services to establish a prescription drug reimportation program contingent upon federal approval and cost savings (see LD 916)

         

RRR

 

RRR-1:

RRR-3

Provides for reimbursement of optometrists for services to persons whose care is paid for in part by the Medicaid program and in part by the Medicare program (see LD 917)

         

SSS

 

SSS-1:

SSS-8

Establishes the Education Funding Reform Committee to develop and report by December 31, 2001 a comprehensive package of tax reform legislation to update and equalize the method of raising money for education including reducing reliance on property taxes for education funding (see LD 970)

         

TTT

 

TTT-1

 

Appropriates additional funds for the Reading Recovery Program (see LD 998)

         

UUU

 

UUU-1: UUU-2

Expands eligibility of schools for school breakfast incentive grants and permits unexpended balances to be carried forward (see LD 1032)

         

VVV

 

VVV-1

 

Appropriates one-time funds for the Capital Riverfront Improvement District (see LD 1049)

         

WWW

 

WWW-1: WWW-2

Appropriates funds for the building alternatives program at the Maine Youth Center and requires the Department of Corrections to report on a plan to establish a building alternatives plan at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility (see LD 1149)

         

XXX

 

XXX-1: XXX-4

Provides a one-time appropriation of $100,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 for community forestry and dedicates a portion of real estate transfer tax revenues, but not exceeding $200,000 annually, reduced by federal funds, to a new Community Forestry Fund (see LD 1200)

         

YYY

 

YYY-1

 

Appropriates funds for continuation of the meat inspection program (see LD 1215)

         

ZZZ

 

ZZZ-1: ZZZ-3

Establishes the Health Care System and Health Security Board to investigate and develop a plan for implementation of a single-payor health care plan to provide health care coverage to all citizens of the State (see LD 1277)

         

AAAA

 

AAAA-1:

AAAA-2

Establishes the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund within the Maine Science and Technology Foundation to evaluate the State's research and development efforts (see LD 1325)

         

BBBB

 

BBBB-1

 

Appropriates $100,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 for a low-barrier homeless teen shelter in Rockland (see LD 1365)

         

CCCC

 

CCCC-1

 

Provides additional appropriations for General Purpose Aid to Local Schools for the geographic isolation adjustment (see LD 1383)

         

DDDD

 

DDDD-1:

DDDD-4

Changes the name of the Maine Communities in the New Century Program to the New Century Community Program and appropriates additional funding to expand activities of the program (see LD 1433)

         

EEEE

 

EEEE-1: EEEE-9

Authorizes implementation of the Enhanced 9-1-1 Emergency System, authorizes a one-year increase in the statewide 9-1-1 surcharge and provides additional allocations necessary to implement the program (see LD 1467)

         

FFFF

 

FFFF-1:

FFFF-3

Provides funds to include podiatrists in the group of health care providers who are exempt from reimbursement reductions with respect to its liability for Medicare Part B deductible and coinsurance charges (see LD 1499)

         

GGGG

 

GGGG-1: GGGG-18

Changes retirement plan options for certain law enforcement officers in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources contingent upon the availability of funding from General Fund unappropriated surplus or other Legislative action (see LD 1584)

         

HHHH

 

HHHH-1:

HHHH-2

Provides a one-time appropriation for the Health Workforce Retraining Program to provide matching grants to education and training programs by eligible health care businesses and organizations (see LD 1592)

         

IIII

 

IIII-1

 

Appropriates funds to the Maine State Library to purchase on-line reference materials (see LD 1646)

         

JJJJ

 

JJJJ-1

 

Appropriates funds for various technical college purposes and for the Western Maine University and Technical College Center (see LD 1648)

         

KKKK

 

KKKK-1:

KKKK-3

Appropriates funds for a grant program administered through the certified forest resource manager grant fund to assist foresters in obtaining certain certifications (see LD 1660)

         

LLLL

 

LLLL-1: LLLL-2

Establishes the Maine Port Terminal Facilities Marketing Program and appropriates funds to market the Eastport port terminal facility (LD 1669)

         

MMMM

 

MMMM-1: MMMM-2

Requires the Commissioner of Education to pay a supplement to the regular student tuition for unorganized territory students attending school in SAD No. 58 (see LD 1684)

         

NNNN

 

NNNN-1:

NNNN-2

Establishes a State purchasing code of conduct for companies supplying the State with certain goods that requires company compliance with applicable wages, health and safety laws and human and labor rights treaties (see LD 1748)

         

OOOO

 

OOOO-1: OOOO-4

Raises the debt service limit for school facilities bonds for fiscal year 2005-06 and fiscal year 2006-07 and requires the Department of Education, the State Board of Education and the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to amend certain rules related to school construction projects and the School Revolving Renovation Fund (see LD 1762)

         

PPPP

 

PPPP-1: PPPP-4

Creates the Youth Advisory Council to advise the Legislature and others on issues of importance to youth (see LD 1779)

         

QQQQ

 

QQQQ-1: QQQQ-2

Establishes the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force to report to the Legislature and assist law enforcement agencies that investigate crimes involving computers (LD 1800)

         

RRRR

 

RRRR-1

 

Authorizes the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Services to accept land in southern Maine for a veterans' cemetery (see LD 1803)

         

SSSS

 

SSSS-1: SSSS-4

Increases the cigarette tax to 94 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes effective October 1, 2001

         

TTTT

 

TTTT-1:

TTTT-3

Extends the 7% tax on prepared foods sold by businesses licensed for on-premise liquor consumption to all sales of prepared food and amends the definition of prepared food effective October 1, 2001

         

UUUU

 

UUUU-1

 

Establishes the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund and dedicates a portion of the 7% tax on meals and lodging to fund tourism promotion (see LD 1677)

         

VVVV

 

VVVV-1

 

Appropriates funds for various programs for sexual assault and domestic violence intervention and prevention

         

WWWW

 

WWWW1: WWWW-6

Authorizes certain balances to carry forward and makes related adjustments to appropriations; provides funding for State House renovation shortfall, legislative studies, the civil rights team project and the Maine Biomedical Research Fund; recognizes savings in the Department of Economic and Community Development; and utilizes some TANF reserve funds within the Department of Human Services

         

XXXX

 

XXXX-1: XXXX-2

Establishes a cold case homicide squad within the Department of Public Safety (see LD 1743)

         

YYYY

 

YYYY-1

 

Authorizes the State Controller to keep open the official system of general accounts of state government for fiscal year 2000-01 in order to make post-closing entries and adjustments

         

ZZZZ

 

ZZZZ-1

 

Authorizes the State Controller to transfer $1,750,000 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to General Fund unappropriated surplus no later than June 30, 2003

         

AAAAA

 

AAAAA-1

 

Provides funds to the Department of Labor for the continuation of the Maine Airs program through the IRIS Network (see LD 205)

         

BBBBB

 

BBBBB-1: BBBBB-3

Directs the State Fire Marshal to negotiate a bulk purchase price for thermal imaging cameras to be purchased by local fire-fighting units and law enforcement agencies (see LD 260)

         

CCCCC

 

CCCCC-1: CCCCC-4

Authorizes the use of Maine Rainy Day Funds as needed to pay death benefits for certain law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services persons who die while in the line of duty (see LD 1465)

         

DDDDD

 

DDDDD-1

 

Provides additional funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine for loans to Maine residents enrolled in a school of dental education (see LD 896)

LD 874

An Act to Increase the Operating Subsidy to the Casco Bay Island Transit District

 

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DUDLEY

   

ABROMSON

   

LD 874 proposed to increase the General Fund operating subsidy for the Casco Bay Island Transit District by appropriating $125,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $175,000 in fiscal year 2002-03.

LD 874 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 894

An Act to Provide Adequate Funding for HIV and AIDS Care and Prevention

 

ONTP

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WATSON

ONTP

 

LD 894 proposed to appropriate $350,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03 for the Bureau of Health within the Department of Human Services for HIV and AIDS care and prevention.

LD 896

An Act to Increase Funding for the Maine Dental Education Loan Program

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PEAVEY

OTP

 

MICHAUD MH

   

LD 896 proposed to allocate $60,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $120,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to increase funding for the Maine Dental Education Loan Program within the Finance Authority of Maine.

The provisions of this bill were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part DDDDD. See LD 855.

LD 915

An Act to Amend the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association Act

 

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ABROMSON

 

S-240

MAYO

   

LD 915 proposed to make the following changes to the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association Act:

Exempt additional types of insurance from being subject to the Act.

Exclude first-party claims by an insured whose net worth exceeds $10,000,000.

Amend the definition of "insolvent insurer" to clarify that it applies to that group of insurers defined as "member insurers," and amends the definition to mean a member insurer against whom a final order of liquidation has been entered.

Enact a definition of "person" to mean any individual or legal entity, including a governmental entity.

Set a $10,000 cap on a claim for the return of an unearned premium.

Provide that claims resulting from insolvency must be filed no later than 18 months after the insolvency.

Provide that the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association may intervene as a party in a case involving an insolvent insurer.

1. Provide a premium tax offset for an insurer that pays an assessment pursuant to the Act.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-240) proposed to make the following changes to the bill:

Exclude from the definition of covered claims any first party claims of an insured whose net worth exceeds $25,000,000.

Change the cap on unearned premium to $25,000.

Establish a bar date for filing covered claims of the earlier of 24 months after the order of liquidation or the final date set by a court and allows the association to accept the late filed claims as covered claims for good cause.

Require that notification of an insolvency to insureds and other interested parties by the association include prominent notice of the date by which a claim must be filed with the association.

Clarify that the premium offset applies to deficiency assessments under Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, Section 4440-A.

Clarify the applicability provision.

The amendment also added a fiscal note to the bill.

LD 915 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Banking and Insurance. When removed from the Appropriations Table, the bill was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and carried over to Second Regular Session.

LD 937

An Act to Improve Washington County's Economy by Promoting Natural, Historical and Cultural Tourism

 

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SHOREY

OTP

 

DUGAY

   

LD 937 proposed to appropriate $2,000,000 to match $2,000,000 in federal National Park Service funds for the construction of a regional heritage center on the St. Croix River in Calais to promote tourism and economic growth in Washington County.

LD 937 died on the Appropriations Table.

Provisions were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part EE that provide funds from a transfer from unappropriated surplus at the close of fiscal year 2000-01 to match a federal grant to plan and construct the Downeast Heritage Center.

LD 998

An Act to Promote Learning Through the Reading Recovery Program

 

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CATHCART

OTP-AM

S-156

QUINT

   

LD 998 proposed to appropriate $400,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Department of Education for the Reading Recovery Program.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-156) proposed to appropriate $80,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $168,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to the Department of Education for the Reading Recovery Program.

Appropriations for the Reading Recovery Program of $142,500 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $152,737 in fiscal year 2002-03 were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part TTT. See LD 855.

LD 1008

An Act to Assist the Teacher Certification Process

 

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MICHAUD MH

ONTP

 

SULLIVAN

   

LD 1008 proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation of $44,000 to the Department of Education in fiscal year 2000-01 to contract to electronically scan teacher certification documents.

LD 1023

An Act to Enhance the Quality and Accessibility of HIV Services and Prevention Services

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QUINT

 

H-337

RAND

   

LD 1023 proposed to require the Department of Human Services to offer public information about, and prevention and treatment services for, HIV and AIDS and to make the information and services available statewide. LD 1023 also proposed to appropriate $368,500 in each of the fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to fund the increase in services and information.

LD 1023 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. When removed from the Appropriations Table, the bill was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and carried over to the Second Regular Session.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-337) proposed to add a fiscal note to the bill.

LD 1049

An Act to Appropriate Funds for the Capital Riverfront Improvement District

 

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DAGGETT

OTP-AM

S-155

MITCHELL C

   

LD 1049 proposed to appropriate $75,000 in each year of the biennium for the State Planning Office for a grant to the Capital Riverfront Improvement District.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-155) proposed to specify that the funding is on a one-time biennial basis.

A one-time appropriation of $125,995 in fiscal year 2001-02 for the Capital Riverfront Improvement District was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part VVV. See LD 855.

LD 1088

An Act to Improve the Literacy of Adults in the State

 

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PENDLETON

OTP-AM

S-154

BERRY R

   

LD 1088 proposed to appropriate $125,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Department of Education for a grant to Literacy Volunteers of America in Maine in order to establish programs in underserved areas and to increase the capacity of existing programs by expanding technical assistance and program services to local volunteer literacy organizations.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-154) proposed to appropriate $60,000 in each year of the biennium for grants to Literacy Volunteers of America in Maine and to appropriate the funding to an existing program rather than to a new program.

LD 1088 died on the Appropriations Table.

LD 1114

An Act to Adjust the Funding for Designated Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils

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BULL

ONTP

 

LD 1114 proposed to appropriate $356,412 from the General Fund and allocate $809,688 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to the Department of Public Safety in fiscal year 2001-02 for regional emergency medical services councils.

LD 1127

An Act to Fund Uncollectible, Outstanding Accounts Receivable of 28 Community and Indian Health Centers

 

ONTP

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CRESSEY

ONTP

 

FERGUSON

   

LD 1127 proposed to provide funding to reimburse 28 community and Indian health centers for documented uncollectible, outstanding patient accounts receivable.

LD 1132

An Act to Deappropriate Funds for Dues of the Legislature and Governor and Out-of-State Travel by the Legislature

 

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CRESSEY

ONTP MAJ

 
 

OTP-AM MIN

 

LD 1132 proposed to eliminate funding for out-of-state travel by Legislators and staff to the Legislature and for the payment of dues to the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors' Association.

LD 1135

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $5,000,000 for the Testing of Marine Dredge Spoils and the Proper Disposal of Spoils that are Special or Hazardous Waste

 

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NORBERT

   

LD 1135 proposed a bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, to be used to pay for the testing of marine dredge spoils and to properly dispose of spoils that are classified as special or hazardous waste under the state environmental laws because of contaminants in the spoils.

LD 1135 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1138

An Act to Enable Low-income and Moderate-income Families to Conserve Energy in Their Homes

 

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BERRY R

ONTP

 

LD 1138 proposed to establish an energy conservation grant and loan program for low-income and moderate-income households to purchase and install energy conservation measures. The Maine State Housing Authority would operate the program in consultation with the Finance Authority of Maine. The program would be contingent upon approval of an $8,000,000 bond issue

LD 1142

An Act to Provide Annual Support to the Maine Rural Development Council and its Community Capacity Building Work in Distressed Areas of the State

 

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MICHAUD MH

OTP

 

BERRY R

   

LD 1142 proposed to appropriate $100,000 in each year of the biennium for the Maine Rural Development Council to provide advocacy for the social and economic needs of rural Maine communities and to develop community capacity building projects.

LD 1142 died on the Appropriations Table.

LD 1144

An Act to Enhance Economic Development Capacity

 

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MICHAUD MH

 

S-212

SAXL

   

LD 1144 proposed to appropriate $2,000,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Economic and Community Development. It proposed $1,200,000 annually to continue the department's business attraction marketing program and $800,000 annually for block grants to regional economic development districts for locally determined priority issues and needs such as responding to defense conversion issues, coping with the loss of a major employer, responding to long-term patterns of downsizing in a mature or dominant business sector or helping to develop grass roots economic development capacity in underserved communities and areas through organizational development, coalition building and staffing assistance.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-212) proposed to reduce the amount appropriated for regional block grants to $600,000 annually and to provide additional grant procedures and requirements. The amendment also provides $200,000 annually for start-up operating assistance to develop local and regional economic development programs.

LD 1144 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1149

An Act to Support the Building Alternatives Program

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SAXL

OTP-AM

H-477

RAND

   

LD 1149 proposed to appropriate $250,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Corrections to expand the building alternatives program, which serves juveniles at the Maine Youth Center.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-477) proposed to require the Department of Corrections to report on a plan to establish a building alternatives program at the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs by January 15, 2002.

Appropriations totaling $205,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $205,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 for the building alternatives program at the Maine Youth Center and the report on a plan for the Northern Maine Juvenile Facility were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Parts A and WWW. See LD 855.

LD 1153

An Act to Increase Certain Civil Process Fees

 

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BUNKER

 

H-428

MCALEVEY

   

LD 1153 proposed to increase the fee paid to sheriffs and deputy sheriffs by the State for service of certain civil process papers. Under the bill, the fee would increase from $4 to $8 for regular service and from $8 to $16 for service in hand.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-428), the majority report of the committee proposed to retain the provisions of the bill and additionally proposed to increase from $1 to $2 the fee county commissioners are authorized to charge for administrative costs related to service of civil process papers. The amendment also added a fiscal note.

LD 1153 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. When removed from the Appropriations Table the bill was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1166

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $15,000,000 to Fund a Cost Sharing Program for the Construction of Parking Garages in Regional Service Center Communities

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SAWYER

ONTP

 

MENDROS

   

LD 1166 proposed that bonds be issued in the amount of $15,000,000 to be used to fund a cost sharing program for the construction of parking garages in regional service center communities. See also LD 1616.

LD 1215

An Act to Provide Funding to Continue the State Meat Inspection Program

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

KILKELLY

OTP-AM

S-153

LD 1215 proposed to appropriate $146,327 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $191,061 in fiscal year 2002-03 to establish additional positions and to provide ongoing funding for the meat inspection program within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-153) proposed to reduce the fiscal year 2001-02 appropriation from $146,327 to $38,000 by delaying the employment of one additional Consumer Protection Inspector position until fiscal year 2002-03.

The provisions of Committee Amendment "A" (S-153) were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part YYY. See LD 855.

LD 1230

An Act to Continue the Sales Tax Exemption on Vehicles Sold and Leased and Removed from the State

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

WINSOR

 

H-354

BENNETT

   

LD 1230 proposed to repeal the sunset of June 30, 2001 on the sales tax exemption leases of certain motor vehicles to nonresidents.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-354) proposed to extend the sales tax exemption for leases of motor vehicles to nonresidents to June 30, 2003.

LD 1230 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. When removed from the Appropriations Table the bill was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1233

An Act to Make Improvements in the Budget Process

 

PUBLIC 213

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BRANNIGAN

OTP-AM

H-373

GOLDTHWAIT

   

LD 1233 proposed to allow federal block grant funds to be used in the same manner as the Federal Expenditures Fund and to repeal certain restrictions on federal block grant expenditures. The bill also proposed to change the dollar threshold below which the Governor may delegate to the State Budget Officer authority to adjust allotments by financial order for a department or agency account from $500 to $45,000.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-373) proposed to add a fiscal note to the bill.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 213 allows federal block grant funds to be used in the same manner as the Federal Expenditures Fund and repeals certain restrictions on federal block grant expenditures. The law also changes the dollar threshold below which the Governor may delegate to the State Budget Officer authority to adjust allotments by financial order for a department or agency account from $500 to $45,000.

LD 1268

Resolve, to Improve Services to Persons with Mental Retardation

 

RESOLVE 42
EMERGENCY

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

OTP-AM

H-494

LD 1268 proposed to require the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to make annual adjustments for inflation for all rates and contracts for fee-for-service or grant-in-aid programs paid to private agencies providing services to persons with mental retardation. The bill also proposed to require the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to establish a pilot program to explore alternative methods of developing individual client service programs for persons with mental retardation.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-494) proposed to replace the bill and to require the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to convene a task force to develop a proposal for a pilot program to explore alternative methods of developing individual client services programs and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by November 1, 2001.

This amendment also proposed to require the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to develop a plan to address the ongoing cost increases for existing mental retardation services for adults, the changes in support needs of individuals served and the provision of services to adults on waiting lists and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by November 1, 2001.

Enacted Law Summary:

Resolve 2001, chapter 42 requires the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to convene a task force to develop a proposal for a pilot program to explore alternative methods of developing individual client services programs and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by November 1, 2001.

The Resolve also requires the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to develop a plan to address the ongoing cost increases for existing mental retardation services for adults, the changes in support needs of individuals served and the provision of services to adults on waiting lists and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by November 1, 2001.

LD 1270

An Act to Address the Crisis in Personnel, Insurance and Heating Costs in the Provision of Community Mental Health Services

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

OTP-AM

H-669

GOLDTHWAIT

   

LD 1270 proposed to provide funds for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to permit community-based mental health services providers to:

1. Increase the wages of all employees to $9.50 per hour and to provide a 4% increase to other employees in those classifications;

2. Maintain the current levels of health insurance coverage for their employees;

3. Maintain the current levels of workers' compensation and employer's liability insurance for their employees; and

4. Cover the increased occupancy and utility costs for residential, outpatient and administrative services.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-669) proposed to remove funding for wage increases and to adjust other figures in the bill anticipating an effective date of October 1, 2001.

Provisions were included in the Part 1 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 358, Part FF to provide wage increases for employees of mental health services providers covered by LD 1270. See LD 300.

LD 1295

An Act to Provide Funding for Legal Services Related to Domestic Abuse

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SAXL

ONTP

 

MICHAUD MH

   

LD 1295 proposed to provide General Fund appropriations totaling $250,000 in fiscal year 2000-01 to provide interim funding for domestic abuse legal services needed due to a delay in federal funding.

LD 1313

An Act to Fund the Capital Construction and Improvements Reserve Fund

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

OTP-AM

S-208

LD 1313 proposed to provide a source of funding for the Capital Construction and Improvements Reserve Fund, a fund for capital projects that construct, renovate or improve state facilities. Annually, and as a last priority after all other transfers from the General Fund surplus, the State Controller would be authorized to transfer up to $2,000,000 from the surplus to the Capital Construction and Improvements Reserve Fund until the fund reaches a maximum of 1.5% of the insured value of state property.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-208) proposed to add a fiscal note.

LD 1313 died on the Appropriations Table.

LD 1316

An Act Requiring Reimbursement to Counties for Courthouse Facilities

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

FERGUSON

ONTP

 

BLISS

   

LD 1316 proposed to require the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to negotiate leases, contracts or other arrangements to provide compensation to the counties for the provision of facilities for the Supreme Judicial and Superior Courts in the same manner as negotiated compensation for the use of private facilities.

LD 1319

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $28,000,000 to Provide Funds for Public School Renovations

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

ONTP

 

COLWELL

   

LD 1319 proposed that bonds be issued in the amount of $28,000,000 to be used to renovate Maine's public schools.

LD 1325

An Act to Establish the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

NASS

OTP-AM

    H-372

GOLDTHWAIT

 

    S-316 CATHCART

LD 1325 proposed to establish the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund to support the research and development evaluation efforts of the Maine Science and Technology Foundation. It proposed to establish the fund as a nonlapsing Other Special Revenue fund and grant the State Budget Officer, in consultation with the president of the foundation, the authority to transfer by financial order up to 0.8% of total General Fund appropriations for research and development to the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund. It also proposed base Other Special Revenue fund allocations to establish the fund for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2002-03.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-372) proposed to define "research and development" and clarify which programs will be affected by transfers.

Senate Amendment "A" (S-316) proposed to sunset the Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund effective June 30, 2006. Unexpended funds remaining in the fund effective June 30, 2006 would lapse to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

The provisions of LD 1325 as amended by Committee Amendment "A" and Senate Amendment "A" were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part AAAA. See LD 855.

LD 1338

An Act to Appropriate Funds for Special Testing at the Norridgewock Landfill

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

TRACY

ONTP

 

LD 1338 proposed to appropriate $25,000 for testing of methane gas and other health and safety concerns at the Norridgewock Crossroads Landfill.

LD 1339

Resolve, to Amend Certain Dates for the Issuance of Bonds

 

RESOLVE 12
EMERGENCY

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MAILHOT

OTP

 

DOUGLASS

   

LD 1339 proposed to change the deadline for the issuance of bonds for the Springvale District Court and the Lewiston District Court from July 1, 2001 to January 1, 2001. The proposed change is made retroactive to January 1, 2001.

Enacted Law Summary:

Resolve 2001, chapter 12 changes the deadline for the issuance of bonds for the Springvale District Court and the Lewiston District Court from July 1, 2001 to January 1, 2001. The change is made retroactive to January 1, 2001. This resolve was enacted as an emergency measure and took effect May 9, 2001.

LD 1365

An Act to Provide Funding for a Low-barrier Homeless Teen Shelter

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MCNEIL

OTP-AM

H-478

SAVAGE C

   

LD 1365 was a concept draft that proposed to establish a schedule of priorities for the disbursement of funding for homeless teen shelters and homes among the 3 regions of the State. Under the proposed schedule, projects in region 2 would be given first priority.

This bill proposed to appropriate $500,000 for homeless teen shelters and homes at least $300,000 of which would be appropriated for homeless teen shelters and homes in region 2.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-478) proposed to appropriate $100,000 in each year of the biennium to provide funds for a low-barrier homeless teen shelter located in Rockland to serve youth in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties of region 2.

An appropriation of $100,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part BBBB, for a low-barrier homeless teen shelter located in Rockland. See LD 855.

LD 1378

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $36,700,000 for the State's Public Universities, the Maine Maritime Academy and other Public Learning Centers

 

P & S 37

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

CATHCART

OTP-AM MAJ

    S-350

THOMAS

OTP-AM MIN

    S-373 SMALL

LD 1378 proposed a bond issue, in the amount of $65,200,000, to be used to fund a variety of construction projects and improvements at the State's 7 public universities and the Maine Maritime Academy.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-350) proposed to decrease the amount of the bond from $65,200,000 to $35,200,000 for improvements at 6 of the State's public universities and rather than 7.

Senate Amendment "A" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-373) proposed to decrease the amount of the bond issue from $65,200,000 to $36,700,000. The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $36,700,000, would be used to fund a variety of improvements at the State's public universities, the Maine Maritime Academy and other public learning centers.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 37 provides for a bond issue in the amount of $36,700,000, to be used to fund a variety of improvements at the State's public universities, the Maine Maritime Academy and other public learning centers. Four million dollars of the bond proceeds are allocated to the University of Maine for the costs of an Arts Center. Four million eight hundred thousand dollars are allocated to the University of Maine at Farmington for the construction of an education classroom facility. Five million six hundred thousand dollars are allocated to the University of Maine at Presque Isle for the construction of a health and physical education complex. Four million dollars are allocated to the University of Maine at Augusta to pay a portion of the construction of a technology classroom and student center facility. Three million two hundred thousand dollars are allocated to the University of Maine at Fort Kent to pay a portion of the construction of a health/tech center and renewal of a library/classroom. Eight million dollars are allocated to the University of Southern Maine for the construction of a community education facility and the renewal of the combination of a classroom and library. Four million dollars are allocated to the Maine Maritime Academy for the construction and renovation of dormitories, classrooms and laboratories. One million dollars are allocated to the Maine Technical College System to renovate and equip classroom space at the Bath Higher Education Center. One million eight hundred thousand dollars are allocated to the University of Maine System to renovate and equip classroom space at the Western Maine University Center. Two hundred thousand dollars are allocated to the Maine Technical College System to renovate and equip classroom space at the Katahdin Area K-Tech Center. One hundred thousand dollars are allocated to the University of Maine System to renovate and equip classroom space at the Calais Center.

LD 1433

An Act to Renew the New Century Program

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

SAXL

OTP-AM

H-404

MICHAUD MH

   

LD 1433 proposed to change the name of the Maine Communities in the New Century Program to the New Century Community Program and appropriate a total of $4,355,000 in each year of the biennium to several arts and cultural agencies to enhance the preservation and advancement of local cultural resources, promote literacy and access to lifelong learning among children and adults and expand opportunities for cultural tourism.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-404) proposed to reduce the appropriations proposed in the original bill to $1,600,000 in each year of the biennium and identify that appropriated amounts were intended to be ongoing.

The provisions of LD 1433, with appropriations further reduced to $500,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $530,000 in fiscal year 2002-03, were included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part DDDD. See LD 855.

LD 1437

An Act to Provide Legal Assistance to Victims of Domestic Violence

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

ONTP

 

SAXL

   

LD 1437 proposed to appropriate $200,000 in each year of the biennium to be used by the court system to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence in bringing civil actions against their abusers.

LD 1439

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $7,000,000 to Fund Improvements to Equipment and Technology at Vocational High Schools Statewide

 

DIED BETWEEN HOUSES

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

OTP-AM MAJ

S-352

 

ONTP MIN

 

LD 1439 proposed a bond issue, in the amount of $7,000,000, to be used to fund technology laboratories for applied technology centers and regions.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-352) proposed to clarify the purpose of the bond issue.

LD 1440

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $7,000,000 to Provide Adequate Facilities for Business Expansion or Relocation in the State

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

 

S-353

LD 1440 proposed a bond issue, in the amount of $7,000,000, to be used by the Department of Economic and Community Development to assist communities to construct community industrial buildings to provide adequate facilities for business expansion or relocation.

Committee Amendment "A " (S-353) proposed to add a fiscal note.

LD 1440 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1471

An Act to Create a Digital Library to Meet the Educational, Research, Business and Economic Needs of Maine

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

ROSEN

 

H-194

EDMONDS

   

LD 1471 proposed to provide an annual General Fund appropriation of $2,500,000 to the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System to be used for the creation of a digital library collection to support its educational, research and public service missions.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-194) proposed to add a fiscal note to the bill.

LD 1471 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1504

An Act to Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues in the Amount of $61,000,000 to Match Available Federal Funds for Improvements to Highways and Bridges, Airports, Public Transit and Ferry Facilities; Development of Rail, Trail and Marine Infrastructure; and Improvements to Intermodal Facilities Statewide

 

P & S 38

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

OTP-AM

S-361

FISHER

   

LD 1504 proposed a bond issue in the amount of $61,000,000, to be used for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit and ferry facilities and the development of rail, trail and marine infrastructure and intermodal facilities statewide.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-361) proposed to change the use of the bond in several ways without altering the total amount to be bonded. First, it proposed to decrease the amount for Highway and Bridge Improvement by $6,600,000. Second, it proposed to increase the amount for Airport Improvements by $1,500,000. Third, it proposed to increase the amount for Rail Development by $5,100,000. Finally, it reflects a lower amount of federal matching funds that would be generated by the issuance of the bond.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 38 provides for a bond issue in the amount of $61,000,000, to be used for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit and ferry facilities and the development of rail, trail and marine infrastructure and intermodal facilities statewide.

LD 1520

An Act to Continue the Peer Support Program

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

TREAT

ONTP

 

WINSOR

   

LD 1520 proposed to make available additional funds, including the Special Administrative Expense Fund, for the Peer Support Program for Displaced Workers by requiring the Department of Labor to make all reasonable efforts to seek, in a timely manner, any federal grants that may be available to support the program. If federal funds are not available or are insufficient to provide the required services, the Department of Labor would be required to use certain prescribed funds in a prescribed order of priority to provide the required services to support the program;

The bill also proposed to require that a peer support project be initiated when 50 or more employees of a single employer are laid off or notice is given by an employer of that employer's intent to lay off 50 or more employees within the next 6-month period; to require the Department to hire one peer support worker for each 50 affected employees and at least 2 peer support workers for each project involving more than a total of 100 affected workers; and to require the Department to consider the average age and educational level of the laid-off work force, the unemployment rate in the affected community, the degree of training necessary to replace the employees' prior wages and benefits, whether the laid-off workers are eligible for assistance under the United States Trade Act of 1974.

LD 1536

An Act to Clarify the Use of Funds for Reclassifications and Temporary Positions

 

PUBLIC 219

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

OTP-AM

S-151

BERRY R

   

LD 1536 proposed to restrict the use of the General Fund Salary Plan and Highway Fund Salary Plan balances so that they could not be used for purposes other than to meet the fixed obligation of the those funds for the unfunded actuarial liability in each fiscal year. This bill proposed to specify that temporary positions established by financial order may not be ongoing or intended to provide ongoing services.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-151) proposed to remove the provision of the bill that would have prohibited the creation by financial order of temporary positions that are intended to provide ongoing services.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 219 restricts the use of the General Fund Salary Plan and Highway Fund Salary Plan balances so that they could not be used for purposes other than to meet the fixed obligation of the those funds for the unfunded actuarial liability in each fiscal year.

LD 1561

An Act to Require Sprinkler Protection in all Secondary and Postsecondary Dormitories

 

CARRIED OVER

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

DUPLESSIE

 

H-595

MICHAUD MH

   

LD 1561 proposed that all dormitories of public and private secondary and postsecondary educational institutions be equipped with automatic sprinkler systems within 5 years and proposed to establish a fund to provide 10-year, low-interest loans to help the educational institutions meet this requirement.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-595) proposed to replace the bill. This amendment proposed to:

1. Require public educational institutions to install automatic sprinkler systems in their dormitories;

2. Provide a 10-year phase-in schedule for installation of automatic sprinkler systems in existing dormitories in public educational institutions;

3. Authorize a $10,000,000 bond to provide low interest loans, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, to public and private educational institutions;

4. Make the previously described provisions conditional upon approval in a statewide referendum of the bond funding; and

5. Add a fiscal note to the bill.

LD 1561 was originally referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice. When removed from the Appropriations Table the bill was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1582

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $4,250,000 to Construct New or Retrofit Existing Pollution Control Structures on Maine Farms to Protect the Environment, to Construct Environmentally Sound Water Sources that Help Avoid Drought Damage to Crops, and to Recapitalize the Potato Market Improvement Fund

 

INDEF PP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

KNEELAND

OTP-AM

 

MCKEE

   

LD 1582 proposed a bond issue in the amount of $4,250,000 to be used for the following purposes:

1. $1,250,000 to construct new or retrofit existing pollution control structures on Maine farms to protect the environment;

2. $1,000,000 to construct environmentally sound water sources that help avoid drought damage to crops; and

3. $2,000,000 to recapitalize the Potato Market Improvement Fund.

LD 1593

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $12,000,000 to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis in the State

 

P & S 35

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

DAGGETT

OTP-AM A

S-356

COLWELL

OTP-AM B

 
 

OTP-AM C

 
 

ONTP D

 

LD 1593 proposed a bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, to be used for the Maine State Housing Authority to address the affordable housing crisis in Maine by rehabilitating existing housing, acquiring affordable land and creating permanent affordable rental units and owner occupied rental units.

Committee Amendment "C" (S-356) was a minority report of the Committee. It proposed to decrease the bond issue amount from $20,000,000 to $12,000,000. The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $12,000,000, would be used by the Maine State Housing Authority to address the affordable housing crisis in Maine and to provide housing for victims of domestic violence.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 35 provides for a bond referendum on the issuance of bonds in the total amount of $12,000,000 to increase the availability of certain types of housing. Bond proceeds in the amount of $10,000,000 would be used to fund renovations and replacement of affordable housing, to reduce the cost of land acquisition for affordable housing, to provide assistance to nonprofit housing organizations and to provide assistance in the development of housing for homeless people and mental health services consumers. Bond proceeds in the amount of $2,000,000 would be used to provide housing for victims of domestic violence.

LD 1597

An Act to Promote Growth in Western Maine

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MENDROS

ONTP

 

LD 1597 proposed to appropriate $5,000,000 for the construction of a taxi lane at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport.

LD 1616

An Act to Assist Regional Service Centers With the Construction of Parking Garages

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

NORBERT

ONTP

 

SAWYER

   

LD 1616 proposed to authorize the Municipal Bond Bank to administer funds to be distributed by the Department of Economic and Community Development for the construction of regional service center parking garages. See also LD 1166.

LD 1646

An Act to Provide Statewide Access for Schools and Libraries to On-line Reference Materials and Periodicals

 

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

EDMONDS

OTP

 

ROSEN

   

LD 1646 proposed to appropriate $750,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to the Maine State Library to fund on-line reference materials in order to provide less costly and more equitable access to organized, reliable, valid and age-appropriate information for all Maine citizens from school, home or library through statewide licensing of reference materials.

Senate Amendment "A" (S-398) proposed to replace the bill with a requirement that upon application from the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System to the Public Utilities Commission, the commission would be required to order Verizon to transfer $500,000 from the unexpended balance of the Maine School and Library Network project as of June 30, 2001 and $500,000 as of June 30, 2002 to the University of Maine System no later than October 1, 2001 and August 1, 2002, respectively, to provide for the infrastructure needs to create a digital library that is accessible statewide.

An appropriation of $200,000 to the Maine State Library in each year of the biennium was included in the Part 2 Budget Bill, Public Law 2001, chapter 439, Part IIII to fund statewide licensing of reference materials and the creation of a statewide database of reference materials. See LD 855.

LD 1663

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $17,200,000 to Construct and Upgrade Water Pollution Control Facilities, to Remove Discharges, to Remediate Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, to Clean up Tire Stockpiles, to Make Drinking Water System Improvements and to Assist Municipalities in Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Public Health and Safety

 

P & S 33

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

COWGER

OTP-AM MAJ

    H-727

MARTIN

OTP-AM MIN

    H-745 BERRY R

LD 1663 proposed a bond issue, in the amount of $17,200,000, to be used for the following purposes:

1. $8,000,000 to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for $12,500,000 in federal funds;

2. $1,200,000 to protect the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the remediation of their solid waste landfills;

3 $1,500,000 to protect public health, safety and the environment by providing funds to remove and replace failing septic systems;

4 $1,000,000 to protect public health, safety and the environment by providing funds to remove the replace overboard discharges;

5. $500,000 to protect the public health, safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles;

6. $3,000,000 to support drinking water system improvements that address public health threats, providing the state match for $15,760,000 in federal funds; and

7. $2,000,000 to prepare municipal digital data layers and maps.

Committee Amendment "A" (H-727) was the majority report of the Committee and proposed to replace the portion of the bond issue that provided $2,000,000 to prepare municipal digital data layers and maps with a provision that provides $2,000,000 in grants and loans to municipalities for public infrastructure through the Municipal Investment Trust Fund.

House Amendment "A" To Committee Amendment "A" (H-745) proposed to amend the bond issue amount from $17,200,000 to $17,000,000 to be used in the following ways:

1. $6,000,000 to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for $12,500,000 in federal funds;

2. $1,000,000 to protect the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the remediation of their solid waste landfills;

3. $1,500,000 to protect public health and safety and the environment by providing funds to remove and replace failing septic systems;

4. $1,000,000 to protect public health and safety and the environment by providing funds to remove overboard discharges;

5. $500,000 to protect the public health and safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles;

6. $3,000,000 to support drinking water system improvements that address public health threats, providing the state match for $15,760,000 in federal funds;

7. $300,000 for grants and loans to municipalities for public infrastructure through the Municipal Investment Trust Fund;

8. $2,000,000 to construct new or retrofit existing pollution control structures on Maine farms to protect the environment;

9. $700,000 to construct environmentally sound water sources that help avoid drought damage to crops; and

10. $1,000,000 to recapitalize the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 33 provides for a bond issue in the amount of $17,000,000 to be used in the following ways:

1. $6,000,000 to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for $12,500,000 in federal funds;

2. $1,000,000 to protect the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the remediation of their solid waste landfills;

3. $1,500,000 to protect public health and safety and the environment by providing funds to remove and replace failing septic systems;

4. $1,000,000 to protect public health and safety and the environment by providing funds to remove overboard discharges;

5. $500,000 to protect the public health and safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles;

6. $3,000,000 to support drinking water system improvements that address public health threats, providing the state match for $15,760,000 in federal funds;

7. $300,000 for grants and loans to municipalities for public infrastructure through the Municipal Investment Trust Fund;

8. $2,000,000 to construct new or retrofit existing pollution control structures on Maine farms to protect the environment;

9. $700,000 to construct environmentally sound water sources that help avoid drought damage to crops; and

10. $1,000,000 to recapitalize the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund.

LD 1668

An Act to Expand Research and Development Facilities within the University of Maine System

 

CARRIED OVER

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Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MICHAUD MH

   

SAXL

   

LD 1668 proposed to authorize the University of Maine System to issue $25,000,000 in revenue bonds for capital improvements to support research and development as part of the next phase of the university system's research and development capital improvement plan. It also proposed a General Fund appropriation of $2,500,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 to fund the additional debt services costs for the first of an estimated 15 years of debt service payments.

LD 1668 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1707

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $15,000,000 to Capitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund for Repairs and Improvements in Public School Facilities to Address Health, Safety and Compliance Deficiencies, General Renovation Needs and Learning Space Upgrades

 

P & S 41

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

MITCHELL B

OTP-AM MAJ

S-358

RICHARD

OTP-AM MIN

 

LD 1707 proposed to provide for a bond issue in the amount of $15,000,000, to be used to capitalize the State's School Revolving Renovation Fund for repairs and improvements in public school facilities.

Committee Amendment "B" (S-358) proposed to delete language that would have permitted the use of bond funds for the repair and improvement of private school facilities if at least 60% of their students were publicly funded.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 41 provides for a bond issue in the amount of $15,000,000, to be used to capitalize the State's School Revolving Renovation Fund for repairs and improvements in public school facilities.

LD 1709

An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $5,000,000 for Research and Development Equipment and Infrastructure

 

P & S 39

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

GOLDTHWAIT

OTP-AM MAJ

    S-372

 

ONTP MIN

    S-377 SHOREY

LD 1709 proposed a bond issue in the amount of $26,500,000, to be used for the following purposes:

1. $16,500,000 for major improvements on the capital infrastructure of the University of Maine System to include library, laboratory, classroom and research and development improvements;

2. $4,000,000 for the reconstruction and renovation of dormitories, classrooms and laboratories at the Maine Maritime Academy; and

3. $6,000,000 for biomedical and marine research and development by Maine-based nonprofit and state research institutions.

Committee Amendment "A" (S-372) proposed to reduce the amount proposed for the bond issue from $26,500,000 to $10,000,000. It proposed to eliminate funding for the University of Maine System and the Maine Maritime Academy and increase the amount proposed for the Department of Economic and Community Development from $6,000,000 to $10,000,000.

Senate Amendment "B" to Committee Amendment "A" (S-377) proposed to reduce the amount of the bond issue from $10,000,000 to $5,000,000. The amendment also proposed to reduce the allocation to the Maine Biomedical Research Fund from $8,000,000 to $4,000,000 and the allocation to the Maine Marine Research Fund from $2,000,000 to $1,000,000.

Enacted Law Summary:

Private and Special Law 2001, chapter 39 provides for a bond issue in the amount of $5,000,000. The proceeds will be used to provide allocations in the amount of $4,000,000 to the Maine Biomedical Research Fund and $1,000,000 to the Maine Marine Research Fund.

LD 1756

An Act to Improve Services for Children with Autism

 

ONTP

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

PENDLETON

ONTP

 

LD 1756 proposed General Fund appropriations of $951,664 in fiscal year 2001-02 and $950,715 in fiscal year 2002-03 and allocation of federal Medicaid matching funds for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services for the development and provision of individualized, well-balanced and personally tailored programs for children with autism.

LD 1767

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require a 2/3 Vote for the Maine Government Facilities Authority to Issue Securities

 

DIED BETWEEN HOUSES

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

WATERHOUSE

ONTP MAJ

 

LEMONT

OTP-AM MIN

 

LD 1767 proposed to amend the Constitution of Maine to require a 2/3 vote of approval of each House of the Legislature prior to the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority issuing any securities to fund the construction, reconstruction, purchase or acquisition of facilities used primarily by the State, any agency, instrumentality or department of the State or by any branch of State Government.

Committee Amendment "B" (H-699), the minority report of the committee, was adopted in the Senate but not the House. The amendment proposed amending the Constitution of Maine to require a 2/3 vote of approval of each House of the Legislature prior to the incurring of certain financial obligations directly or indirectly by the State. This amendment requires such approval prior to the State entering into a financing agreement that pledges a future stream of revenue, pledges a security interest using a mechanism such as a lease appropriation bond or secures a lease purchase agreement.

Senate Amendment "A" To Committee Amendment "B" (S-339), adopted in the Senate, proposed to limit the scope of Committee Amendment "B" to the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority or its successor.

The Majority Ought Not to Pass report of the Committee was adopted in the House and the bill died between the bodies.

LD 1819

An Act to Give the Maine Technical College System Limited Revenue Bonding Authority

 

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Amendments Adopted

     

LD 1819 proposed to authorize the Maine Technical College System to issue up to $35,000,000 in revenue bonds and to issue bonds through the Maine Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority.

LD 1819 was carried over to the Second Regular Session.

LD 1829

An Act to Fund the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Benefits of Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining and for Certain Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining

 

PUBLIC 438
EMERGENCY

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

   

GOLDTHWAIT

   

LD 1829 proposed to fund certain collective bargaining agreements and extend benefits to certain employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements.

PART A proposed to implement the cost items in the collective bargaining agreements reached between the State and the Maine State Employees Association and the Maine State Troopers Association and for confidential employees as follows.

1. It proposed to reflect the costs from the General Fund and the Highway Fund to fund salary increases, market and pay equity adjustments and benefits.

2. It proposed to provide for the adjustment of salary schedules in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03.

3. It proposed to provide for similar and equitable treatment of probationary employees, confidential employees, employees whose salaries are subject to adjustment by the Governor, employees of the legislative branch and other employees.

PART B proposed to implement the cost items in the collective bargaining agreements reached between the Judicial Department and the Maine State Employees Association for the administrative services bargaining unit, the supervisory bargaining unit and the professional bargaining unit and for confidential employees.

1. It proposed to provide for the adjustment of salary schedules in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03.

2. It proposed to provide for similar and equitable treatment of probationary, confidential employees and other employees.

3. It reflected the costs from the General Fund to fund salary increases.

PART C proposed to authorize use of the salary plan to fund the collective bargaining agreements and other cost items, provide that positions supported from other funds must be funded whenever possible from those other sources and provides for reimbursement to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for costs incurred in the process of collective bargaining and contract administration and related costs.

PART D proposed to increase the rate of mileage reimbursement for state employees for the use of their privately owned vehicles from 28 to 30 effective July 1, 2001 and from 30 to 32 effective July 1, 2002.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 438 implements the cost items in the collective bargaining agreements reached between the State and the Maine State Employees Association and the Maine State Troopers Association and for confidential employees as follows.

1. It reflects the costs from the General Fund and the Highway Fund to fund salary increases, market and pay equity adjustments and benefits.

2. It provides for the adjustment of salary schedules in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03.

3. It provides for similar and equitable treatment of probationary employees, confidential employees, employees whose salaries are subject to adjustment by the Governor, employees of the legislative branch and other employees.

Part B implements the cost items in the collective bargaining agreements reached between the Judicial Department and the Maine State Employees Association for the administrative services bargaining unit, the supervisory bargaining unit and the professional bargaining unit and for confidential employees.

1. It provides for the adjustment of salary schedules in fiscal years 2001-02 and 2002-03.

2. It provides for similar and equitable treatment of probationary, confidential employees and other employees.

3. It reflects the costs from the General Fund to fund salary increases.

Part C authorizes use of the salary plan to fund the collective bargaining agreements and other cost items, provides that positions supported from other funds must be funded whenever possible from those other sources and provides for reimbursement to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for costs incurred in the process of collective bargaining and contract administration and related costs.

Part D increases the rate of mileage reimbursement for state employees for the use of their privately owned vehicles from 28 to 30 effective July 1, 2001 and from 30 to 32 effective July 1, 2002.

LD 1830

An Act Concerning Tax Anticipation Notes and Authorizing
Expenditures for Funding among Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs

 

PUBLIC 467
EMERGENCY

Sponsor(s)

Committee Report

Amendments Adopted

BERRY R

   

GOLDTHWAIT

   

PART A of this bill proposed to provide authority for the Treasurer of State to borrow in anticipation of taxes through tax anticipation note authority not to exceed $100,000,000. The bill also proposed to provide a General Fund appropriation to pay the debt service requirements in fiscal year 2001-02 from the use of tax anticipation note authority up to $100,000,000. The debt service requirements in fiscal year 2001-02 will be offset from increased General Fund revenue from investment income earnings estimated at $5,000,000 from the proceeds of the tax anticipation note authority.

PART B of this bill authorizes the expenditure of funding among pharmaceutical benefits programs administered by the Department of Human Services.

Enacted Law Summary:

Public Law 2001, chapter 467 provides authority for the Treasurer of State to borrow in anticipation of taxes through tax anticipation note authority not to exceed $100,000,000. The act also provides a General Fund appropriation to pay the debt service requirements in fiscal year 2001-02 from the use of tax anticipation note authority up to $100,000,000. The debt service requirements in fiscal year 2001-02 will be offset from increased General Fund revenue from investment income earnings estimated at $5,000,000 from the proceeds of the tax anticipation note.

Part B of this act authorizes the expenditure of funding among pharmaceutical benefits programs administered by the Department of Human Services.


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