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2008-2009 Regulatory Agendas

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07-102: Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance
07-105: State Planning Office



AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 07-102
AGENCY NAME: Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance

CONTACT PERSON: Philip Saucier, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, 15 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Tel: (207) 624-7442. E-mail: philip.saucier@maine.gov

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2008-09 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 101: Establishment of the Capital Investment Fund
STATUTORY BASIS: 2 MRSA §§ 101, 102, 105
PURPOSE: This rule sets out the process for developing the Capital Investment Fund. The Office is considering amending the existing Rule upon receiving guidance from the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development during the fall of 2008.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: January 2009
AFFECTED PARTIES: Hospitals, health insurance carriers and payors, health consumers, employers
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated



AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 07-105
AGENCY NAME: State Planning Office

CONTACT PERSON: Jody Harris, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Tel: 287-5424. E-mail: jody.harris@maine.gov

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2008-09 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER (New): Methodology for Conducting a Scenic Inventory of Scenic Resources of State or National Significance Located in the Coastal Area
STATUTORY BASIS: 35-A MSRS §3457
PURPOSE: This rule would establish the methodology by which inventories of scenic viewpoints located in the coastal area that are of state or national significance in terms of scenic quality will be prepared by or for the State Planning Office. The technical rule does not itself identify scenic viewpoints of state or national significance but the method for preparing scenic inventories to do so.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: September 2008
AFFECTED PARTIES: none
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 208: Comprehensive Plan Review Criteria Rule
STATUTORY BASIS: 30-A MRSA §4312(4)
PURPOSE: This amendment would amend the criteria or process the state uses to review local comprehensive plans for consistency with the Growth Management Act. A comprehensive redraft of the rule was completed in 2007. This is just a placeholder in the event the office identifies any needed corrections or clarifications.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By February 2009
AFFECTED PARTIES: municipalities, state agencies, and regional planning councils/commissions
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER 300: Municipal Code Enforcement Officer Qualifications and Certification Standards Rule
STATUTORY BASIS: 30-A MRSA §4451(5)
PURPOSE: The amendment would clarify standards for certification and advanced certification and incorporate statutory changes.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2009
AFFECTED PARTIES: municipalities, municipal code enforcement officers, and licensed plumbing inspectors
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

Amendments of December 3, 2008 and December 9, 2009

CHAPTER 250: Methodology for conducting a scenic inventory of scenic resources of state or national significance that are located in the coastal area
STATUTORY BASIS: 35-A MRSA §3457(2)
PURPOSE: The rule establishes the methodology for identifying scenic viewpoints of state or national significance in coastal areas that are publicly owned or to which there is public access, for purposes of state wind power laws. State wind power laws require consideration of the potential effect of a large-scale wind power project on "scenic resources of state or national significance", including scenic viewpoints that are identified as having statewide or national significance in a scenic inventory developed in accordance with this technical rule. The rule incorporates the Scenic Assessment Handbook (SPO, December 2008) as its methodology. The rule itself does not identify scenic viewpoints, but the method for doing so, which calls for public involvement in the preparation and review of a scenic inventory.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By February 2009
AFFECTED PARTIES: wind energy developers and regulators
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated

CHAPTER (New): Requirements for the State Planning Office to Accept Public Comments before amending a Solid Waste Disposal Facility Operating Agreement
STATUTORY BASIS: 5 MSRS §3305-A(3)
PURPOSE: This rule would require the State Planning Office to accept public comments when certain changes are proposed to an operating services agreement between the office and its contracted operator of a state-owned solid waste disposal facility. The rule lays out the requirements for a public hearing. The rule is initiated at the direction of a citizen’s petition.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: March 2009
AFFECTED PARTIES: state solid waste disposal facility contracted operators, municipalities
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated