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February 8, 2006
as posted in 5 daily Maine newspapers

NOTICE OF STATE RULE-MAKING

Public Input for Proposed and Adopted Rules

Notices are published each Wednesday to alert the public regarding state agency rule-making. You may obtain a copy of any rule by notifying the agency contact person. You may also comment on the rule, and/or attend the public hearing. If no hearing is scheduled, you may request one -- the agency may then schedule a hearing, and must do so if 5 or more persons request it. If you are disabled or need special services to attend a hearing, please notify the agency contact person at least 7 days prior to it. Petitions: you can petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal any rule; the agency must provide you with petition forms, and must respond to your petition within 60 days. The agency must enter rule-making if the petition is signed by 150 or more registered voters, and may begin rule-making if there are fewer. You can also petition the Legislature to review a rule; the Executive Director of the Legislative Council (115 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, phone 207/287-1615) will provide you with the necessary petition forms. The appropriate legislative committee will review a rule upon receipt of a petition from 100 or more registered voters, or from "...any person who may be directly, substantially and adversely affected by the application of a rule..." (Title 5 Section 11112). World-Wide Web: Copies of the weekly notices and the full texts of adopted rule chapters may be found on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/.


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 301, Food Stamp Certification Manual: Rev. #148P, Utility Standards
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2006-P23
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule will increase the full standard utility allowance as well as the non-heat utility allowance when determining the benefit for eligible households. The increased allowances are the result of increased costs for fuel and other utilities. Not all households will receive an increase in benefits. The full standard utility allowance for those incurring heating/cooling costs or receiving LIHEAP will increase from $401 a month to $450 a month. The non-heating standard allowance will increase from $162 a month to $182 a month.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 42; 7 CFR 273.9(d)(6)(iii)
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled unless requested by 5 or more people.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: March 10, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Richard Morrow, Food Stamp Program Manager
AGENCY NAME: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
ADDRESS: 11 State House Station, 268 Whitten Road, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-5093
TTY: (207) 287-6948


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 16-222 - Bureau of Maine State Police
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 4, Motor Carrier Safety Rules
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2006-57
CONCISE SUMMARY: These rules adopt by reference and prescribe the requirements of the Department of Public Safety governing the safe operation of motor carriers as found in 49 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 40, 382, 390, 391, 392, 393, 395 and 396. Changes have been made to the hours of service regulations in part 395 and to the load securement regulations in Part 393. This adoption will keep Maine current with the rest of the nation.
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 6, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: John Fraser
AGENCY NAME: Maine State Police
ADDRESS: # 20 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-8914


AGENCY: 02-385 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Manufactured Housing Board
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 110, State Certification of Manufactured Housing Authority, Energy Standards for Modular Housing
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2006-58
CONCISE SUMMARY: The board amended Ch. 110 of the board's rules by:
- Adding an energy code to apply to state-certified manufactured housing installed in Maine. The energy code sets forth minimum design and construction requirements related to energy efficiency in one- and two-family modular homes. The energy code does not apply to mobile homes;
- Requiring state-certified housing to comply with the following codes, in addition to the codes currently designated in Ch. 110;
- ASHRAE Standard 55-2004 - Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., published 2004);
- NFRC 100-2004 - Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product U-Factors (National Fenestration Rating Council, Inc., implementation date January 1, 2005); and
- United State Department of Energy, (DOE) 10 CFR Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix N, entitled, "Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Furnaces and Boilers" (January 1,2005).
- Correcting an error in the roof snow load formula.
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 6, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Robert V. LeClair, Executive Director
AGENCY NAME: Manufactured Housing Board
ADDRESS: 35 State House Station, Gardiner, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-8678


AGENCY: 94-088 - Maine Arts Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:
Ch. 1, Rules for Eligibility and Criteria for Awarding Grant Funds to Organizations
Ch. 2, Rules for Awarding Grants and Providing Services
Ch. 3, Rules to Carry Out the Percent for Art Act
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2006-59, 60, 61
CONCISE SUMMARY: These rule amendments make technical changes to update existing rules governing the grantmaking programs by the Maine Arts Commission, as well as carrying-out the procedures for the Percent for Art Act. The process will also update language as it relates to advancement in technology, etc.
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 7, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Bryan W. Knicely, Assistant Director & Accessibility Coordinator
AGENCY NAME: Maine Arts Commission
ADDRESS: 193 State Street, 25 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-2714 direct
TTY: (877) 887-3878 NexTalk User ID: bryan.knicely


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 301, Food Stamp Certification Manual: Rev. #143A, Combat Pay Exclusion
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2006-62
CONCISE SUMMARY: This policy allows the Food Stamp program to exclude any additional income made available to a Food Stamp household as a result of a military person being deployed to a combat zone. This is a result of the President signing The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447. This policy is retroactive to October 1, 2004, per legislative requirement. Affected households will receive restored benefits back to the date any of this additional income was budgeted but not prior to October 1, 2004.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Retroactive to October 1, 2004
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Richard Morrow, Food Stamp Program Manager
AGENCY NAME: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
ADDRESS: 11 State House Station, 268 Whitten Road, Augusta ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-5093
TTY: (207) 287-6948