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Office of the Attorney General

2004-2005 Regulatory Agenda



AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 26-239
AGENCY NAME: Office of the Attorney General

CONTACT PERSON: Linda Conti, Chief, Consumer Protection Division, 6 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0006, Tel: (207) 626-8591

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2004-2005 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 107: Unfair Trade Practice Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. § 207(2) (The Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act)
PURPOSE: The Office of the Attorney General expects that these Rules will deal with the following areas:
1. Advertising in the sale and leasing of automobiles.
2. Lead Paint disclosures and warnings
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Promulgation of Automobile advertising rules anticipated by December 31, 2004.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine consumers and automobile dealers and landlords.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: While we will certainly consult with interested parties, the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act is a law enforcement statute and Consensus-Based Rule Development will not always be appropriate.

CHAPTER 200: Rules for Tobacco Sales
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 M.R.S.A. § 1580-G, et seq. (Tobacco Manufacturers Act) and 22 M.R.S.A. § 1580-L (Tobacco Product Manufacturers).
PURPOSE: The Office of the Attorney General expects to promulgate comprehensive Rules to implement 22 M.R.S.A. § 1580-G, et seq. and § 1580-L by providing tobacco product manufacturers, distributors and retailers with clear definitions, instructions, and guidance to comply with the laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Promulgation on a priority basis over the course of the next year.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Tobacco manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and Maine consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: While we will certainly consult with interested parties, the Tobacco Manufacturers Act and the Tobacco Product Manufacturers statute are law enforcement statutes, and Consensus-Based Rule Development will not always be appropriate.


No other Board, Unit or Division of the Attorney General's Office, including the Victims' Compensation Board (26-550), has any current plan for rulemaking prior to the next regulatory agenda due date.


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