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Department of Administrative and Financial Services
1998-99 Regulatory Agenda


18-125: Bureau of Revenue Services
18-352: State Employee Health Commission -- no rule-making planned
18-364: Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations
18-389: Bureau of Human Resources
18-554: Bureau of General Services

18-125 - Bureau of Revenue Services

CONTACT PERSON: David E. Bauer, Esq., Bureau of Revenue Services, 24 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0024.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

General

RULE TITLE: Standard Interest Rate
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 101
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 186
RULE'S PURPOSE: To amend the rule, if necessary, to change the standard interest rate charged against unpaid taxes and paid by the State on overpayments of taxes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: January 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Taxpayers subject to interest charges or payments.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Taxpayers subject to interest charges or payments.

RULE TITLE: Electronic Returns and Payments
RULE NUMBER: Ch. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 193
RULE'S PURPOSE: To provide details and guidance on electronic filing of tax returns and on electronic funds transfers.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: September 15, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: The State and all Maine taxpayers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Large taxpayers whose payments exceed certain dollar amount thresholds.

RULE TITLE: Recordkeeping and Retention of Records
RULE NUMBER: Ch. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute for taxpayers regarding recordkeeping and retention. Special attention will be given to electronic data interchange technology.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: The State and all Maine taxpayers
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: All Maine taxpayers.

Income/Estate Tax Division

RULE TITLE: Apportionment of Income
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 801
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To amend the rule that provides for treatment of taxpayers who are engaged in more than one business. It also provides specific guidelines for determination of apportionment factors. The rule needs to be updated for legislative changes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Corporations having nexus in Maine with two or more businesses and/or operating in more than one State.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Corporations having nexus in Maine with two or more businesses and/or operating in more than one State.

RULE TITLE: Withholding Tax Reports and Payments
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 803
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: The rule identifies payments subject to Maine Income Tax withholding and establishes requirements for filing of withholding tax returns and paying the withheld tax. The rule needs to be amended to respond to recent federal law changes enacting the dependent child credit.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: July 1, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Employees who are eligible for the federal dependent child credit and their employers or withholding agents.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Employers and withholding agents required to withhold Maine Income Tax.

RULE TITLE: Composite Filing
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 805
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To amend the rule that establishes procedures for filing composite returns.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: September 30, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: The State and individual taxpayers who are partners or S corporation shareholders.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Individual taxpayers who are partners or S corporation shareholders.

RULE TITLE: Taxable Income of Nonresidents
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 806
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To amend the rule that provides income tax guidance for nonresident individual taxpayers to change certain provisions relating to the filing threshold.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: September 30, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Nonresident taxpayers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Nonresident taxpayers.

RULE TITLE: Research Expense Income Tax Credit
RULE NUMBER: Ch. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding claiming the research expense tax credit.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Individual, corporate, and fiduciary taxpayers with qualified research expenses.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Individual, corporate, and fiduciary taxpayers with qualified research expenses.

RULE TITLE: Income Tax Nexus
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 808
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To update the rule regarding nexus of out-of-state businesses with the State of Maine.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: October 30, 1998
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Companies doing business in Maine.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Companies doing business in Maine.

Research Division

RULE TITLE: Employment Tax Increment Financing
RULE NUMBER: Ch. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 917
RULE'S PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding calculating and paying the employment tax increment.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Maine businesses who add 15 or more new qualified employees.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Qualified Maine businesses.

RULE TITLE: Loring Job Increment Financing Fund
RULE NUMBER: CH. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA 13080-T
RULE'S PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding computation of the Employment Tax Increment for deposit in the fund.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Loring Development Authority and businesses located within the base area.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Loring Development Authority.

Property Tax Division

RULE TITLE: Reimbursement of Business Personal Property Tax.
RULE NUMBER: CH. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 6651
RULE'S PURPOSE: To clarify property qualified for business property tax reimbursement, and procedural details of the BETR program.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Taxpayers who own personal property used exclusively for business purposes; municipal assessors.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Businesses claiming reimbursement of property tax paid on personal property.

Sales/Excise Tax Division

RULE TITLE: New England Regional Fuel Tax Agreement
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 505
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 3312(3)
RULE'S PURPOSE: To be repealed.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: January 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Special fuel users who may elect a base State under Regional Fuel Tax Agreement
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Special fuel users required to report liability and pay special fuel tax under RFTA.

RULE TITLE: Sales for Resale and Sales of Packaged Materials
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 301
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: Amend to update for Legislative changes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Maine retailers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Maine retailers.

RULE TITLE: Government Agencies, Exempt Organizations and Sales Thereto
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 302
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: Amend existing rules to include definition of "church" as administratively applied since the late 70's and to establish renewals for exemption certificates.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: All organizations and entities exempt from sales and use tax pursuant to 36 MRSA 1760.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Corp/Individuals making sales to exempt organizations.

RULE TITLE: Reports and Payments
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 304
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To amend rule to address filing of consolidated reports.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 15, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Certain large filers of sales tax returns.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Certain large filers of sales tax returns.

RULE TITLE: Direct Payment Permits
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 308
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To address concerns in areas of record requirements, audit costs, parts inventory, information on records, methods of record retention, and periodic renewal of permits.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 15, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: All holders of direct payment permits composed of utilities and manufacturers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Current and future holders of direct pay permits.

RULE TITLE: Registration of Out-of-State Sellers
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 311
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: Amend the rule to update for Legislative changes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 15, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Maine tax enforcement efforts and out-of-state businesses.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Out-of-state businesses.

RULE TITLE: Rental of Tangible Personal Property
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 316
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: Update and amend existing rule.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Lessors and lessees of tangible personal property.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Lessors and lessees of tangible personal property.

RULE TITLE: Sales of Food Products
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 322
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To amend existing rule to conform with recent legislative changes in regard to "prepared food" and to change statutory references.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Maine residents and visitors who purchase staples, snacks, and prepared foods.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: All sellers of grocery staples, snack foods, and prepared foods.

RULE TITLE: Commercial Agricultural Production and Commercial Fishing
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 323
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: Amend existing rule to include commercial aquaculture.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: January 15, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Taxpayers engaged in commercial aquaculture.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Taxpayers engaged in commercial aquaculture.

RULE TITLE: Rentals of Living Quarters
RULE NUMBER: Ch. (New Rule)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To further define "in connection with employment or education" as found in 36 MRSA 1760, sub-20(B).
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 15, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Students/employees renting living quarters.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: All renters of living quarters, as well as all transients.

RULE TITLE: Fuel Tax Rules
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 501-506
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To update all rules relating to fuel taxes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Fuel users and suppliers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Fuel users and suppliers.

RULE TITLE: Cigarette Tax Rules
RULE NUMBER: Ch. 701-705
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 112
RULE'S PURPOSE: To update all rules relating to cigarette tax.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: July 1, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED: Cigarette Distributors.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Cigarette Distributors.


18-364 - Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations

CONTACT PERSON: Robert Newhouse, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, 8 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04330-0008. Tel: (207) 287-6506

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1998-99 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

NEW RULE: Rules Governing Liquor Inventory Exchanges from Agency Liquor Stores
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 28-A MRSA 62
PURPOSE: This rule establishes policy and guidelines by which the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations will receive liquor inventory exchanges from agents.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Late summer or early fall 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All agency liquor stores and agents.


18-389 - Bureau of Human Resources

CONTACT PERSON: Phillip Schlegel, Merit System Coordinator, 4 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Phone: 287-4427

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

RULE CHANGE ACTIONS EXPECTED BETWEEN JULY, 1998 AND OCTOBER, 1999:

CHAPTER 1 : Purpose, Adoption and Amendment of Rules and Definition of Terms
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036, Sub-17
PURPOSE: To ensure definitions are consistent with the Civil Service Law and the Administrative Procedures Act and to reflect changes to policy and procedures as a result of changes to these laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to December, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 2: Intermittent Employment
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7053
PURPOSE: To comply with recent changes to Title 5, Section 7053 and to provide clarification of the benefits available to intermittent employees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to December, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 3: Divisions of the Classified Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036 and 7062
PURPOSE: To redefine the Non-Competitive Division of the classified service as the Direct Hire Division and to distinguish between the Direct Hire Division and the Competitive Service Division.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to December, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 5: Compensation Plan
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036 and 7065 and Ch. 147, P&SL, 6-14-76
PURPOSE: To clarify the compensation rules for personnel actions that affect compensation. To ensure compensation rules comply with Federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act, and special employment programs such as the Workers' Compensation Return-To-Work Program and the Special/Supported Employment Program for persons with severe disabilities. To provide a definition of dates that effect compensation such as the performance review date and longevity date. To incorporate the 5% salary option and the 2/3 disability compensation benefit that have been made available to confidential employees by law. To add the premium overtime, supervisory differential, and other pay benefits provided to Confidential employees. To define the process of retroactive reclassification actions and related salary treatment.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to March, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 6: Applications and Examinations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036, 7051, 7052, 7054, 7055, 7062, 7063 and 7064
PURPOSE: To ensure that the rules for the application and examination procedures for competitive and direct-hire classes are in compliance with the rules of Chapters 7 and 8.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 7: Eligible Registers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036, 7052, 7053, 7062 and 7064
PURPOSE: To ensure that the register rules comply with federal requirements such as the Americans With Disabilities Act and Civil Service programs such as the Workers' Compensation Return-to-Work program and other new programs under consideration. To specify the register and employment status for retirees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 8: Certification and Appointment
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 781 - 791 and 7034, 7036, 7051, 7052, 7053, 7054, 7055, 7062 and 7064
PURPOSE: To better define the benefits available to employees appointed on an acting or temporary compensation basis. To ensure the register certification rules comply with federal requirements such as the Americans With Disabilities Act and Civil Service programs such as the Workers' Compensation Return-to-Work program and other programs and procedures under consideration. To specify the referral status of retirees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to August, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 9: Probationary Period
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036 and 7051
PURPOSE: To better define the reason for probation. To specify the types of appointments for which probation is appropriate (just-cause appointments) and not appropriate (serve-at-the-pleasure appointments). To define the begin and end date of the probationary periods and to specify the reasons for extending the end date. To incorporate the change to the probationary period for law enforcement employees enacted by Title 25, Section 2804-C.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to September, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 10: Performance Appraisal and Training
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036, 7042, 7065, and 7070
PURPOSE: To define procedures for the new performance management system. To change the Chapter title to: "Performance Management and Training".
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to December, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 11: Holidays, Leaves of Absence and Related Compensation
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 721 - 727 and 7036
PURPOSE: To add Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Thanksgiving Friday to the holiday listing, and to clarify the application of holidays to part-time employees. To specify benefits provided by the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act. To clarify the application of the vacation accrual rule to part-time employment, and to standardize the process for posting accruals of vacation and adjustments to accrual rates. To add the regulations developed by the Educational Leave Advisory Board for administration of Educational Leaves granted under authority of Chapter 60 of the Civil Service Law. To better define military leaves with pay. To specify the types of administrative leave that may be authorized such as emergency/storm releases and leaves to take examinations for State positions. To add leave benefits available to Confidential employees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to September, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 12: Disciplinary Action, Demotion, Resignation and Layoff
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7034, 7036, 7051, and 7081 - 7084
PURPOSE: To specify the impact of suspension, demotion, transfer, resignation and layoff on established dates such as the end of probation date, performance review date, longevity date, and adjusted service date. To reference the appeals procedure provided by law for employees not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement. To clarify the salary treatment of employees who are recalled from layoff and the employment status of employees who retire while on layoff.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to December, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 13: Complaints, Grievances and Investigations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036, 7051, and 7081 - 7085
PURPOSE: To incorporate guidelines developed under the APA by the State Civil Service Appeals Board for hearing employee-agency grievances and appeals of classification. To delete references to the former State Personnel and State Employee Appeals Boards.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to September, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 14: Employee Records and Payroll Certification
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7070 and 7071
PURPOSE: To ensure that the rules reflect the needs and requirements of the automated record systems in place for position control, human resources and payroll administration, and to specify the confidentiality of certain records.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to December, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 15: To add a new chapter titled Positions, Appointments & Hours of Work
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 901 - 903 and 7036
PURPOSE: To provide a description of the types of positions, types of appointments and hours of work arrangements available for State employment, including Alternative Working Hours.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to September, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 16: To add a new chapter titled Health & Dental Benefit Plans, Employee Assistance, Employee Health & Safety and Workers' Compensation
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 7036
PURPOSE: To specify the eligibility requirements and the plan options for health and dental insurance.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New Hire applicants, Confidential employees and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government not otherwise covered by collective bargaining agreements.


18-554 - Bureau of General Services

CONTACT PERSON, ADDRESS, PHONE: Betty M. Lamoreau, Division of Purchases, State House Station 9, Room 119 State Office Building, Augusta, ME 04333-0009, (207) 287-6445, e-mail: Betty.M.Lamoreau@state.me.us.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1998-99 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 110: Rules for the Purchase of Services and Awards, replacement.
STATUTORY BASIS: 5 M.R.S.A. 1825-C.
PURPOSE OF RULE: The rule outlines the procedures to be used in the purchase of services and the awarding of grants and contracts pursuant to 5 M.R.S.A. 1825-C. Changes to the existing rule will allow the State to take advantage of technological advances. The revised rule will also reflect the changes from "lowest responsible" to "best value" bidder and from the "ultimate cost to" to the "best interest of" the State, pursuant to the following Amendments: (1) Laws 1997, c. 263, 1, subsection 7, and (2) Laws 1997. c. 263, 2, subsections 9 and 10.
CONTEMPLATED SCHEDULE: Late summer/early fall 1998.
POTENTIALLY BENEFITED AND REGULATED PARTIES: Agencies of state government; independent bidders, vendors and service providers doing business with the state.

CHAPTER 120: Rules for Appeal of Contract and Grant Awards, revision.
STATUTORY BASIS: 5 M.R.S.A. 1825-C.
PURPOSE OF RULE: The rule outlines the procedures to be used in appealing the award of grants and contracts pursuant to 5 M.R.S.A. 1825-C. They will be revised to reflect policy and law changes.
CONTEMPLATED SCHEDULE: Late summer/early fall 1998.
POTENTIALLY BENEFITED AND REGULATED PARTIES: Agencies of state government; independent bidders, vendors and service providers doing business with the state.

NEW RULE: Rules Governing Acquisition and Management of Leased Space.
STATUTORY BASIS: 5 M.R.S.A. 1742-D.
PURPOSE OF RULE: The rule establishes procedures for the acquisition and management of leased space for state agencies.
CONTEMPLATED SCHEDULE: Late summer/early fall 1998.
POTENTIALLY BENEFITED AND REGULATED PARTIES: Agencies of state government; real estate lessors doing business with the state.


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