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2001-2002 Regulatory Agenda



UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-150
AGENCY NAME: Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

CONTACT PERSON: Kathleen Brogan, Director, 150 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0150. Tel: (207) 624-5954

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 15: Business Enterprise Program Policy Manual
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1418
PURPOSE: The rules govern the operation of food services by persons who are blind and visually impaired as managers of Business Enterprise Program locations. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By August 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Blind and visually impaired managers of Business Enterprise Program locations.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 101: Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals who are Blind
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1418
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for persons who are blind or visually impaired in achieving an employment outcome. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Blind or visually impaired persons eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 105: Independent Living Services for Individuals who are Blind
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1418
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of rehabilitation services for persons who are blind or visually impaired in preserving and enhancing independent living. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By September 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Blind or visually impaired persons eligible for Independent Living services.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-152

AMENDMENT TO: 2001-2002 REGULATORY AGENDA
Filed January 22, 2002

AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Deafness

CONTACT PERSON: Jan A. DeVinney, Director, 2 Anthony Avenue, Augusta, ME 043.33-0150. Tel. (207) 624-5964 (TTY)

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None.

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITIY:

NEW RULE: Rule Governing the Implementation of Maine Equal Access Program for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired Consumers of Wireless Telecommunications Services
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1419-B(6)
PURPOSE: To establish rules that govern the administration of the Maine Equal Access Program, which provides rebates to deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired consumers of wireless telecommunications services.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002
AFFECTED PARTIES: Deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired consumers of wireless telecommunications services and the providers of those services.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
(end of amendment)

AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

CONTACT PERSON: Kathleen Brogan, Director, 150 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0150. Tel: (207) 624-5950

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

AMENDMENT TO: 2001-2002 REGULATORY AGENDA
Filed October 12, 2001

CHAPTER 11: Hearing Aid Lender Program for the Elderly
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: None
PURPOSE: The Hearing Aid Lender Program for the Elderly, hereinafter referred to as the Program, will serve adults who are over 65 years old with a bilateral hearing loss of at least 55 decibels (dB) in the better ear. The Program is considered a pilot program with limited funding to serve the elderly hearing impaired individual in purchasing hearing amplification on a loaner basis. There are a limited number of hearing aids available for the Program. The hearing aids will be dispensed on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed and replaced July 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: None.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 12: Telecommunication Devices for People with Disabilities Program Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 35, M.R.S.A. 2361
PURPOSE: The Division of Deafness, under the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Labor, through the Telecommunication Devices for People with Disabilities Program (hereinafter called "The Program"), will provide funds for purchase, lease, upgrading, installation, maintenance and repair of special telecommunication equipment for persons who are disabled.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed and replaced July 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New rules will provide specialized customer telecommunication equipment for persons with disabilities.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
(end of amendment -- regular filing ensues)

CHAPTER 1: Amendments to Vocational Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Chapter 560, P.L. 1996, Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1417
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities to assist them in achieving an employment outcome. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Persons with disabilities eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 7: Independent Living Services Policy Manual
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Chapter 560, P.L. 1996, Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1417
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of independent living services to persons with disabilities. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Persons with disabilities eligible for Independent Living services.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 10: Hearing Impaired Children's Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: P.L. 501-1985
PURPOSE: The Hearing Impaired Children's Program will serve children age 0 - 20 years with a diagnosis of sensor neural hearing impairment and other non-correctable, permanent hearing loss. The intent of the Program is to ensure that no hearing-impaired child be denied access to services or equipment needed to eliminate or reduce, to the extent possible, the impairment to their development of speech and language competencies caused by a hearing loss when their family lacks adequate financial resources with which to purchase needed services or equipment.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These children now receive the same services under the Department of Education.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 11: Hearing Aid Lender Program for the Elderly
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: None
PURPOSE: The Hearing Aid Lender Program for the Elderly, hereinafter referred to as the Program, will serve adults who are over 65 years old with a bilateral hearing loss of at least 55 decibels (dB) in the better ear. The Program is considered a pilot program with limited funding to serve the elderly hearing impaired individual in purchasing hearing amplification on a loaner basis. There are a limited number of hearing aids available for the Program. The hearing aids will be dispensed on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: None.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 12: Telecommunication Devices for People with Disabilities Program Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 35, M.R.S.A. 2361
PURPOSE: The Division of Deafness, under the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Labor, through the Telecommunication Devices for People with Disabilities Program (hereinafter called "The Program"), will provide funds for purchase, lease, upgrading, installation, maintenance and repair of special telecommunication equipment for persons who are disabled.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New rules will provide specialized customer telecommunication equipment for persons with disabilities.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 20: Standards for Facilities Providing Adult Day Programs
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1418
PURPOSE: A joint rule also filed under the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Mental Health, as 14-191, Chapter 8 that establishes standards for community based agencies providing rehabilitation and/or habilitation day services for adults in order to receive funding from the Bureau of Mental Retardation, Bureau of Mental Health and Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: August 1, 2002
AFFECTED PARTIES: None
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-168
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Unemployment Compensation

CONTACT PERSON: Peter L. McMann, Team Leader, P. O. Box 560, Lewiston, ME 04243-0560. Tel: (207) 753-2859

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

CHAPTER 11: Maine Enterprise Option Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1197
PURPOSE: These rules govern the operation of the Maine Enterprise Option (MEO) Program. The proposed amendments would clarify the definition of "qualified business counselor," modify the conditions under which a participant could be terminated from the program by the Review Board, and clarify the maximum number of weeks of self-employment assistance allowance to which a MEO participant would be entitled.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By February, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any person who is participating in the MEO Program.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-170
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Labor Standards

CONTACT PERSON: Michael Frett, Director, 45 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0045. Tel: (207) 624-6400

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Procedures and Standards for Testing Stuffing Materials in Stuffed Toys (Repeal)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 123
PURPOSE: Establish testing procedures and standards.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Manufacturers and consumers of stuffed toys.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 3: Rules Governing the Administration of the Wage Assurance Fund
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 632
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures to process worker claims under the Fund.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Covered unpaid employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 4: Rules Governing Occupational Safety and Health Grants and Loans
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 42-A, 61 and 63
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures for grants and loans for occupational safety and health purposes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers eligible for loans and training agencies eligible for grants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 7: Rules Relating to Substance Abuse Testing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 687
PURPOSE: The rules outline certain responsibilities for employers who choose to implement a workplace substance abuse testing program.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers with testing programs, or who have an interest in implementing one, and their employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 8: Rules Regarding Workplace Health and Safety Programs for Employers with Workers' Compensation Modification Rates of Two or More
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 39-A M.R.S.A. 401
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for occupational safety and health plans of certain Maine employers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers with a workers' compensation modification rate greater than 2.0 and their employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Assessment of Interest and Penalties for Non-payment under the Safety Education and Training Fund (SETF) (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 61
PURPOSE: To establish procedures to determine when, how and against whom penalties and interest will be assessed for non-payment of bills under the SETF.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The Workers' Compensation insurance carriers and self-insureds and any employer who receives services from the SETF.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Severance Pay (26 M.R.S.A. 625-B) (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 42
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for the application of the severance pay statute.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees affected by the severance law.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Equal Pay (26 M.R.S.A. 628) (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 42
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for the application of the equal pay law.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 2001.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Minimum Wage (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 665
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for the application of the minimum wage.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Employment of Minors (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 785
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for application of the child labor laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Working minors and their employers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Regarding Employment of Minors in Hazardous Occupations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 772
PURPOSE: Establishes a comprehensive list of occupations found to be hazardous and, therefore, unsuitable for the employment of minors.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Working minors and their potential employers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Agricultural Labor Housing Standards (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 586
PURPOSE: To establish housing standards for agricultural laborers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Agricultural workers not covered by Federal regulations and their employers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Regarding Employment Leave for Victims of Violence
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 850 (1999 PL c. 452)
PURPOSE: Defines terms in the law and to clarify the applicable work and legal situations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Workers affected by domestic violence and their employers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Application of Administrative Civil Money Penalties (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 53 (1999 PL c.181)
PURPOSE: To establish procedures to govern the Bureau's application of administrative civil money penalties.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers found in violation of chapter 7, subchapters I through IV of Title 26.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Establishment of Prevailing Wage Rates on State Construction Projects
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 53 (1999 PL c.181)
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures to govern the Bureau's application of the prevailing wage rate process.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: State agencies that let construction to contract and those contractors who bid on such projects.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-172
AGENCY NAME: Unemployment Insurance Commission

CONTACT PERSON: John B. Wlodkowski, Chairman, 40 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096. Tel: (207) 846-2000

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Definitions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise or adopt definitions including, but not limited to, the meaning of "personal time," "earned time," and "register for work."
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 2: Employer Notices, Records, Contributions and Reimbursement Payments and Reports
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise the rule regarding the cash value of meals and lodging.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 3: Unemployment Benefits, Intrastate
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To adopt guidelines regarding time limits and other matters relating to the filing of initial and weekly unemployment claims by telephone and the internet.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 5: Rule of Practice Governing Adjudicatory Proceedings
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise guidelines for the Commission's treatment of adjudication issues, including, but not limited to attorney fees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 6: Seasonal Industry Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise the rules regarding the procedures for the determination of seasonal industries.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 8: Payments for Dependents
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To make minor name changes regarding the governing law and a type of public assistance.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 10: Work Search Requirements
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To correct the title of the position of the departmental official who can waive the requirement that claimants must be actively seeking work, and to clarify the classes of claimants who are eligible for a waiver of the work search requirement.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 14: Education Institution Employees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify definitions related to educational institutions and vacations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 17: Voluntary Leaving
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify rules with respect to claimants leaving work to follow their spouse and while on leave.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 18: Discharge
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To define misconduct in accordance with statutory changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 19: Other Remuneration
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To provide and/or revise definitions for other remuneration and to clarify the procedure for allocating other remuneration to particular periods.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 22: Extended Benefits
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To make minor organizational name changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 24: Approved Training
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise procedures and standards for the prior approval of training programs, individual requests for approved training, and participation requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-179
AGENCY NAME: Board of Occupational Safety and Health

CONTACT PERSON: Michael Frett, Director, 45 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0045. Tel: (207) 624-6400

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Procedural Rules Governing the Board of Occupational Safety and Health
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 565
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures to guide the Board and affected parties through meetings and hearings.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Board members and parties with business before the Board.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 2: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Employment in the Public Sector
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 565
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for public employees (adopt by reference the latest Federal standards).
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 2001.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Non-federal public employers and their employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 3: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Employment in the Public Sector
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 565
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for public employees (adopt by reference the latest Federal standards).
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 2001.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Non-federal public employers and their employees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 4: Minimum Standards for Firefighters
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 2107
PURPOSE: Establishes minimum occupational safety and health standards for firefighters.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Firefighting community.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Anticipate the use of collaborative rule development

CHAPTER 6: Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in the Public Sector
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 565
PURPOSE: Establishes standards for the recording of occupational injuries and illnesses in the non-federal public sector.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Public sector employers covered by the state Occupational Safety and Health Act.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 7: Safety and Health Standards for Students in Public Educational Facilities (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 M.R.S.A. 565-B (2001 PL c.397)
PURPOSE: To establish standards to protect the safety and health of public school students consistent with the protection under the hazardous occupation restrictions in the child labor laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 2001.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Public school boards and the students attending educational programs under board jurisdiction.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-180
AGENCY NAME: Maine Labor Relations Board

CONTACT PERSON: Lisa Copenhaver, Counsel, 90 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0090. Tel: (207) 287-2015

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-02 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

The Maine Labor Relations Board does not intend to propose any new rules during the coming year as a new set of rules governing the Board's operation became effective on January 1, 2001.


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-181
AGENCY: State Apprenticeship and Training Council

CONTACT: Kenneth L. Hardt, 55 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Phone: (207) 624-6430.

No rule-making is planned for the current agenda period.


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-186
AGENCY NAME: State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation

CONTACT PERSON: Lisa Copenhaver, Counsel, 90 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0090. Tel: (207) 287-2015

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-02 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

Since its inception in 1985, the State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation has relied on the specific provisions of Title 26, Chapter 9, Sub-Chapter II-A for its rules of practice and procedure. During the coming year, the Board of Arbitration and Conciliation will consider whether it is appropriate to have additional rules governing proceedings before the Board and may decide to propose such rules. The Board's rule-making authority is provided in Title 26 M.R.S.A. Section 931.

 


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