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29 - Department of the Secretary of State
2001-2002 Regulatory Agenda



UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 29-250

AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Motor Vehicles

CONTACT PERSON: Catherine Curtis, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 29 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333. Tel. (207) 624-9187

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE NOVEMBER, 1997: Chapter 159, Rules Governing the Administration of the Semipermanent Semitrailer Registration Program

Division of Vehicle Services

CHAPTER 1 - Rules for Administrative Suspension Relating to Demerit Point Accumulation, Convictions and Adjuducations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY; 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2458(3)
PUBPOSE: These rules were promulgated for the purpose of identifying the reckless or negligent driver of a motor vehicle and to establish a uniform point system of assigning demerit points for specified convictions or adjudications of violations of statutes and regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles. These rules may be amended as the result of legislative changes to motor vehicle laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Any rule amendments would be proposed prior to January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These rules affect all persons who operate motor vehicles.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER 2 - Rules for the Conduct of Administrative Hearings before the Secretary of State
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 153
PURPOSE: These rules govern the conduct of adjudicatory hearings before the Secretary of State involving denials, suspensions or revocations of any license, certificate, or title. These rules may be amended as the result of legislative changes to motor vehicle laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Any rule amendments would be proposed prior to March 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These rules affect all persons who request an administrative hearing before the Secretary of State.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER3 - Physical, Emotional and Mental Competence to Operate a Motor Vehicle
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A, Section 153
PURPOSE: These rules describe the standards to be used by the Secretary of State in determining physical, emotional, and mental competence of a person to operate a motor vehicle. These rules which were adopted pursuant to 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 153, may be amended following the annual meeting of the Medical Advisory Board to the Secretary of State.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: These rule amendments would be proposed in late 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All license applicants and anyone holding a motor vehicle license.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER 4 - Rules for the Driver License Examination
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 153
PURPOSE: These rules describe the components of the examination used to determine a person's qualification to obtain a Maine driver's license. These rules may be updated to comply with the provisions of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 or as the result of legislative changes to the motor vehicle laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Any rule amendments would be proposed prior to January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These rules affect all persons seeking to obtain a Maine driver's license.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER 6 - Rules for the Suspension of Commercial Driver's Licenses
STAUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 1253
PURPOSE: These rules implement those provisions of the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (Title XII of Public Law 99-520) relating to the disqualification of persons from operating commercial motor vehicles upon conviction, adjudication or administrative determination for specific traffic and other designated offenses committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The Secretary of State is required by terms of 20-A M.R.S.A., Section 1253 to adopt these rules.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: It is anticipated that these rules may be amended as a result of changes to the federal statutory and regulatory provisions of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act prior to March 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These rules will affect all operators and owners of commercial motor vehicles as well as persons who have been issued Commercial Driver's Licenses.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER 7 - Rules for the Suspension of Driver's Licenses for Failure to Comply with Child Support Orders
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A, Sections 153 and 2459(5)
PURPOSE: These rules implement the provisions of 19 M.R.S.A., Sections 305-307 and 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2459 which require the Secretary of State to suspend the driver's and business licenses of individuals whom the Commissioner of Human Services certifies are not in compliance with court orders of child support.
ANTICIAPTED SCHEDULE: Any rule amendments would be proposed prior to January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PERSONS: These rules affect individuals who fail to comply with child support orders.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER 9 - Rules Governing Drivers Education
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R. S.A., Section 153
PURPOSE: These rules establish the licensing requirements for driver education schools, instructors and teachers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: These rules may be amended during 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These rules will affect all driver education schools, instructors and teachers.
No emergency rules were adopted.

CHAPTER 11 - Motorcycle Rider Education
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 153
PURPOSE: These rules establish procedures for motorcycle driver education programs and the certification of instructors.
ANTICIAPTED SCHEDULE: Any rule amendments would be proposed prior to January 1, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All motorcycle driver education instructors and all motorcycle permit applicants.
There were no emergency rules adopted regarding this rule

CHAPTER 102 - Rules Governing the Titling of Motor Vehicles
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A, MRSA, Section 601
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated if any changes are required in the procedures for titling vehicles.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: General public, automobile dealers, auctions, transporters, loaners and lien holders.

CHAPTER 103 - Rules Governing the Licensing of Automobile Dealers, Auctions, Transporters and Loaners
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A MRSA, Section 951
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated if any changes in procedures are necessary for licensing of automobile dealers, auctions, transporters and loaners.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensed automobile dealers, auctions, transporters and loaners

CHAPTER 108 - Rules Governing the Automobile Manufacturer or Distributor License
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 MRSA, Section 1171-B(4) and 5 MRSA, Section 8071
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated if any changes are necessary in the procedures for licensing automobile manufacturers or distributors.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensed automobile manufacturers and distributors

Motor Carrier Services

CHAPTER 151 - Rules Governing Enforcement of the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 504
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated if and when any changes in Federal laws regarding Heavy Vehicle Taxation are enacted.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: All those registrants operating vehicles with a registered gross weight subject to the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax.

CHAPTER 152 - Rules Concerning Form for Hazardous Material Licenses
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A. Section - None at this time.
PURPOSE: If and when a Hazardous Materials Program is instituted, a rule would be required.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Motor Carriers of hazardous materials.

CHAPTER 153 - The Administration of Motor Intrastate Carriers of Passengers-for-Hire
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 551
PURPOSE: Due to potential changes in the operating authority for-hire statutes, it may be necessary to amend this rule.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: For-Hire motor carriers of passengers and rental vehicles.

CHAPTER 154 - The Administration of Motor Intrastate or ICC Exempt Carriers of Property for-Hire
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 551
PURPOSE: Due to potential changes in the operating authority program statutes, it may be necessary to amend this rule.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: For-Hire motor carriers of property in intrastate and ICC exempt service.

CHAPTER 155 - Rules Governing Permits for Non-Divisible, Oversize, and Overweight Vehicles Engaged in Interstate
COMMERCE
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2382
PURPOSE: These rules may be amended to conform to any multi-state agreement and to meet any operating changes that may occur.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring, 2002
AFFECTED PARTIES: Movers of Interstate over-size and over-weight loads.

CHAPTER 156 - Rules Governing the Fee Structure for Non-Divisible, Oversize and Overweight Vehicles and State Police Escorts
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2382
PURPOSE: These rules may be amended as a reaction to a future cost study to be performed by MDOT and possible legislation on fee changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2002
AFFECTED PARTIES: Movers of over-size and over-weight loads.

CHAPTER 157 - The Administration of Oversize and Overweight Permits
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2382
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised to update and clarify certain sections.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Movers of intrastate and interstate over-weight and over-size loads.

CHAPTER 158 - The Administration of Transit-Trailer Plates
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A. Section 462
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated as needed to adjust for changes in use or responsibilities.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2001
AFFECTED PARTIES: Transporters of mobile homes and storage trailers which
have or wish to obtain transit trailer plates.

CHAPTER 159 - Rules Governing the Administration of the Semipermanent Semitrailer Registration Program (20 Year)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 512
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated to clarify certain sections as needed due to policy or law changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter 2001-02
AFFECTED PARTIES: Those registrants who opt to register semi-trailers under long duration programs.

CHAPTER 160 - The Administration of Combination Vehicles with Semi-Trailer Over 48 Feet and up to 53 Feet in Length.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2390
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised to update and clarify certain sections.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Carriers operating trailers 48 feet to 53 feet in length.

CHAPTER 162 - The Administration of the International Registration Plan
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 531
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised to update and clarify certain sections
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Most owners of medium and heavy trucks operating in interstate and foreign commerce.

CHAPTER 163 - The Administration of the Single State Registration System for Interstate Commerce Commission Certified Carriers of Property and Passengers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 551
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised to include all interstate motor carriers, electronic insurance filing and to conform with any changes to the Program as mandated by Federal Law.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2002
AFFECTED PARTIES: Those motor carriers based in or choosing Maine as a base.

CHAPTER 164 - The Administration of Overweight Oceangoing Containers (OGC)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2382
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated to promote the increased use of intermodalism for Maine industry.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2001
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine industries that import or export their products via oceangoing containers

CHAPTER 165 - The Administration of the Maine International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the Intrastate Fuel Tax Program (USER).
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 525
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated to set guidelines and controls on the fuel tax program including the administration of fuel decals.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2001
AFFECTED PARTIES: Those motor carriers which qualify to file motor fuel tax
reports and obtain fuel decals.

CHAPTER 167 - The Administration of Motor Vehicle Fleet Registrations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A., SECTION 411
PURPOSE: This will be a new rule to set guidelines and controls on the bulk registration of vehicle fleets.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Those entities operating large fleets who wish to consolidate and register their vehicles for multiple years.

CHAPTER 168 - The Administration and Issuance of USDOT Numbers for Intrastate Motor Carriers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A. Section 555-A
PURPOSE: This rule may be amended as necessary to manage the issuance of USDOT numbers to qualifying intrastate motor carriers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Intrastate Motor Carriers

CHAPTER 169 - The Administration of the Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A M.R.S.A. 2458
PURPOSE: This rule may be revised and updated to set guidelines on the PRISM Program and to stay in sync with the Federal program.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Motor carriers which are calculated to be high risk, unsafe transport companies.

NEW RULE: Rules for Establishing a Uniform System for Disabled Parking Pursuant to the Federal Regulations Adopted by the Federal Highway Administration in April 1991 as a Result of a Law Passed by Congress (Public Law 100-641) on November 9, 1988.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A MRSA, Section 153 and 521
PURPOSE: Rules may be promulgated to comply with the Federal Highway Administration regulations of 1991 that established guidelines for the design of the disabled placard, as well as those to determine the qualifications of the applicant.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: These rules would affect persons or organizations applying for a disabled placard.

NEW RULE: Rules to Establish and Define Motor Vehicle Municipal Agents' Participation in the Municipal Registration Program.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A MRSA, Sections 153 and 201
PURPOSE: Rules may be promulgated to establish and define the Motor Vehicle Agent participation in the Municipal Registration Program.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipal tax collectors designated to collect excise tax on vehicles, as agent for the Secretary of State.

NEW RULE: Rules to Establish and Define the Motor Vehicle, Non-Governmental Agent Program.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A MRSA, Section 153 and 201 -A
PURPOSE: Rules may be promulgated to establish and define the Motor Vehicle Non-governmental Agent Program.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
PURPOSE: Third party service providers.

NEW RULE: Rules for Establishing a Procedure for Issuing Specialty Plates Pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, Section 468.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 29-A MRSA, Section 468
PURPOSE: Rules may be promulgated to define the criteria and eligibility for specialty plates.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Unknown
PURPOSE: These rules will clarify the requirements for specialty plates.


Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions

CONTACT PERSON: Julie L. Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State, 101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

CHAPTER 200: Rules for the use of expedited service in Corporations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1527-B; 13-A M.R.S.A. 1403-A; 13-B M.R.S.A. 1402-A; 31 M.R.S.A. 414; 31 M.R.S.A. 613; and 31 M.R.S.A. 813.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All customers of the Division of Corporations.

CHAPTER 201: Rules for the sale of publications in Corporations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1527-D; 13 M.R.S.A. 905; 13-A M.R.S.A. 1406; 13-B M.R.S.A. 1405; 31 M.R.S.A. 416; 31 M.R.S.A. 615; and 31 M.R.S.A. 815.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All customers of the Division of Corporations.

CHAPTER 240: Rules for Limited Liability Partnerships under Title 31, Chapter 15
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 31 M.R.S.A. 812.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer of the Division of Corporations filing documents for Limited Liability Partnerships.

CHAPTER 250: Rules for Business Corporations under Title 13-A
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 13-A M.R.S.A. 1303.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer of the Division of Corporations filing documents for business corporations.

CHAPTER 260: Rules for Nonprofit Corporations under Title 13-B
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 13-B M.R.S.A. 1302-A.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer of the Division of Corporations filing documents for nonprofit corporations under Title 13-B.

CHAPTER 270: Rules for Limited Partnerships under Title 31, Chapter 11
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 31 M.R.S.A. 413.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer of the Division of Corporations filing documents for limited partnerships.

CHAPTER 280: Rules for Marks registered under Title 10, Chapter 301-A
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1527-A, sub- 1.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer of the Division of Corporations filing documents for a mark in the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 290: Rules for Limited Liability Companies under Title 31, Chapter 13
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 31 M.R.S.A. 612.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer of the Division of Corporations filing documents for limited liability companies.

CHAPTER 401: Model Rules for Uniform Commercial Code Title 11, Article 9-A
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 11 M.R.S.A. 9-1526.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any interested person wishing to file a UCC lien or requesting information on filed UCC liens.

CHAPTER 505: Rules for Voter list maintenance procedures under Title 21-A
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 21-A M.R.S.A. 161, sub- 2.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All municipalities in the State of Maine as well as newly registered voters and registered voters who wish their names to be removed from their respective voter registration lists.

CHAPTER 506: Rules for the change of address confirmation card, voter registration acknowledgment notice, and address verification notice under Title 21-A
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 21-A M.R.S.A. 162-A, sub- 3.
PURPOSE: The statutory authority for this chapter has been repealed effective 9/21/2001. The Secretary of State will repeal this chapter.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All municipalities in the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 600: Rules governing automated telephone solicitation
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1498.
PURPOSE: The statutory authority for this chapter has been repealed effective 8/11/2000. The Secretary of State will repeal this chapter.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Anyone wishing to use an automated telephone calling device in the State of Maine in order to reach prospective customers.

CHAPTER 700: Rules Governing Eligibility and Procedures for Appointment and Renewal of Commissions of Notaries Public
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 82.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to update and clarify this rule during the next year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any person applying for a notary public commission or renewing the commission.

CHAPTER 800: Procedures for the Electronic Filing of Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 8056 sub- 8.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may need to amend this rule to change and clarify the procedures for the electronic filing of rules.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All rulemaking agencies.

CHAPTER - : Rules for the sale of informational publications to notaries public
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 82-A, sub- 1.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules for the sale of informational publications to notaries public and establish a fee schedule for the same.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All interested persons who wish to be commissioned as notaries public and all presently commissioned notaries public.

CHAPTER - : Authority to adopt or amend rules to specify the reportable categories or types of and the procedures and forms for reporting and to administer 5 M.R.S.A. 19
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 19 sub- 5.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules to specify the reportable categories or types and the procedures and forms for reporting.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Major policy-influencing executive employees

CHAPTER - : Rules for Food Security Act filings under Title 5, Section 90-A
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 90-A.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules for procedures for filing FSA liens and requests for information as well as establishing a fee schedule.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any interest person wishing to file a FSA lien or requesting information on filed FSA liens.

CHAPTER - : Rules for the use of name search services in the Division of Corporations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 13-A M.R.S.A. 301, sub-6; 13-A M.R.S.A. 1303; 13-B M.R.S.A. 301, sub-5; 13-B M.R.S.A. 1302-A; 31 M.R.S.A. 413; 31 M.R.S.A. 612; 31 M.R.S.A. 812.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules for the use of name search service, definitions and applicable forms for requesting name search service.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customers of the Division of Corporations wishing to have a corporate name checked for availability.

CHAPTER - : Rules for determining whether or not a corporate, limited partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership or mark name is deceptively similar to another name on file
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1527-A, sub- 1; 13-A M.R.S.A. 301, sub- 1; 13-B M.R.S.A. 301, sub- 1; 31 M.R.S.A. 413, sub- 5; 31 M.R.S.A. 612, sub- 5; and 31 M.R.S.A. 812, sub- 5.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules to set standards to determine the similarity of a proposed named to a name currently on file.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customers of the Division of Corporations interested in forming a new entity filed with the State of Maine.

CHAPTER - : Rules for filing of documents by electronic transmission
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1527-A, sub- 1; 13-A M.R.S.A. 106, sub- G; 13-B M.R.S.A. 106, sub- 5; 31 M.R.S.A. 413, sub- 4; 31 M.R.S.A. 612, sub- 4; and 31 M.R.S.A. 812, sub- 4.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules to establish procedures for electronic filing of documents with the Division of Corporations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer wishing to file documents with the Division of Corporations.

CHAPTER - : Rules regarding access to the Corporate database
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. 1527-C; 13 M.R.S.A. 904; 13-A M.R.S.A. 1405; 13-B M.R.S.A. 1404; 31 M.R.S.A. 415; 31 M.R.S.A. 614; and 31 M.R.S.A. 814.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules to establish procedures governing access to the Corporate and UCC databases through dial-in modem, public user workstations, and electronic duplicates of the database as well as establishing a fee schedule.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any customer wishing to gain access to the databases of the Division of Corporations.

CHAPTER - : Rules for approval of voting machines and electronic tabulating systems used by municipalities
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 21-A M.R.S.A. 809, sub- 1.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State and the Attorney General may find it necessary to adopt rules to establish criteria and the process for the approval of voting machines and electronic tabulating systems as well as standards for removing approval for machine(s) or system(s) that do not continue to meet the approval criteria.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any municipality that may want to use new voting machines and electronic voting systems.

CHAPTER - : Rules for the use of voting machines and electronic tabulating systems
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 21-A M.R.S.A. 813 and 844.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules relating to the use of voting machines and electronic tabulating systems.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities using voting machines and electronic tabulating systems.

CHAPTER - : Rules relating to initiative and people's veto questions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 21-A M.R.S.A. 901, sub- 4.
PURPOSE: The Secretary of State may find it necessary to adopt rules to establish guidelines for the wording of initiative and people's veto questions as well as allowing the Secretary of State to clarify the wording of the questions as they appear on the petitions and ballots.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Anyone initiating legislation or a people's veto question, and the voters of the State of Maine, by assuring that initiative and people's veto questions are written in a clear and concise manner.


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 29-255

AGENCY NAME: Maine State Archives

CONTACT PERSON: Nina M. Osier, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084. Tel: 207-287-5799.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 10: Rules for Disposition of Local Government Records
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA ss 95-B, para. 7
PURPOSE: These rules set retention periods and provide disposition authorization for the records of local government agencies. They will be amended to provide retention periods and disposition authorization for records not now covered; clarify standards for approval of alternative repositories for local government records; clarify standards for use of commercial records centers to store local government records; clarify media suitable for retention of permanently valuable records; and clarify procedures for destruction of local government records.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring or early summer 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipal and County officials; school and special district officials; general public seeking access to these records; nonprofit organizations such as libraries and historical societies, which may be designated as alternative repositories for local government records; operators of commercial records centers.

 


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