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Department of Economic and Community Development
2003-2004 Regulatory Agenda

19-100 - Office of Administration and Policy
19-498 - Office of Community Development
19-499 - Office of Business Development


CONTACT PERSON: Peggy Schaffer, Policy and Planning Specialist, 59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: 624-9801

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:


19-100
Office of Administration and Policy

CHAPTER 1: Tax Increment Financing Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A MRSA §5253E
PURPOSE: Amend the rules to align with current statue and other technical adjustments.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter of 2004.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, businesses, communities

CHAPTER 400: Employment Tax Increment Financing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA §6759
PURPOSE: Amend the rule to align with current statue and other technical adjustments
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: January of 2004
AFFECTED PARTIES: Companies using or eligible for ETIF, State Agencies, Economic Development Consultants.

NEW CHAPTER: Pine tree Zones
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A MRSA §5250
PURPOSE: To implement the Pine Tree Zones created by the 121st legislature in 2003.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Public hearing in the fall of 2003, final adoption, early winter 2003.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, Counties, Economic Development Organizations, businesses.


19-498
Office of Community Development

CHAPTER 33: Program Statement for Administering the 2005 Community Development Block Grant Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. §13058, subsection 3
PURPOSE: The rule outlines the procedures by which DECD will administer the Community Development Block Grant Program and allows DECD to administer the federal grant funds in a timely and efficient manner.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Notice of proposed rule in August 2004, public hearings in August of 2004 and adoption in September 2004.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The beneficiaries are Maine's cities and towns (excluding Auburn, Bangor, Lewiston and Portland) and primarily persons of low and moderate income.


19-499
Office of Business Development

CHAPTER 32: Maine Microenterprise Initiative
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5-MRSA §13063-O sub-3
PURPOSE: Major substantive rules to implement an evaluation process of the program
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Community Based Organizations that provide micro-enterprise training and support.


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