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April 11, 2001
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/rcn/apa/.


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 288, Provisions of High Cost Universal Service Fund
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P108
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Commission initiates this rulemaking for the purpose of providing "high cost" support for those local exchange telephone companies that are not able to maintain affordable and reasonably comparable local service rates in the absence of such support. The proposed rule would assess the revenues of all telecommunications providers.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA 111 and 7104
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled; one may be requested.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 11, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Mary Broad
AGENCY NAME: Public Utilities Commission
ADDRESS: 242 State Street, Station 18, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0018
TELEPHONE: 287-1396


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 94-411 - Maine State Retirement System
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 402, Interest Charges on Back Contributions
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-96
CONCISF SUMMARY: This rule is repeated in its entirety. The concepts of the rule were carried forward into Ch. 301, as amended.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Kathy J. Morin
AGENCY NAME: Maine State Retirement System
ADDRESS: 46 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0046
TELEPHONE: 287-3461 or 1-800-451-9800


AGENCY: 19-498 - Department of Economic and Community Development / Office of Community Development
CHAPTER NUMBER AND RULE TITLE: Ch. 10, Program Statement for Administering the 2001 Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Program
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-103
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule outlines the procedures by which the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program in accordance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations. The rule describes the design and method of funds distribution for the various Community Development Block Grant programs, including the criteria to be used in making awards to communities.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 2, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Orman Whitcomb, CDBG Program Manager
AGENCY NAME: Office of Community Development
ADDRESS: DECD/OCD, 33 Stone Street, 59 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0059
TELEPHONE: 287-8458


AGENCY: 01-015 - Maine Milk Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 29, Dealer Margins
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-104
CONCISE SUMMARY: Dealer Margins have been established for various container sizes. New Dealer Margins are as follows: Gallon $0.7205/ Three-Quart $0.8572/ Half-Gallon $0.4120/ Quart $0.3080/ 20-Quart $4.3805.
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
NAME: Stanley K. Millay, Executive Director, Maine Milk Commission, Deering Building-Station 28, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3741


AGENCY: 16-226 - Department of Public Safety, Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:
Ch. 1, Operation and Control of All Licensed Premises
Ch. 2, Premises Licensed for On Premise Consumption Only
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-108 and 2001-109
CONCISE SUMMARY: The rule amends Ch. 2 by deleting rule 2-8 in its entirety as restrictions of alcohol service to members and their guests are provided by law in title 28-A subsection 1072.
The rule amends Ch. 2 by deleting rule 2-10 and renumbering the rule in its entirety rule 1-1A in order to place the rule in its proper sequence in the Bureau's rules.

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 4, Premises Licensed as Wholesalers, Manufacturers and Certificate of Approval.
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-110
CONCISE SUMMARY: The rule clarifies the language that allows a Wholesaler, Manufacturer or Certificate of Approval holder to provide liquor dispensing or storage equipment to a licensee.

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:
Ch. 13, Selection and Location of Agency Stores
Ch. 14, Merchandising and Stock
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-111 and 2001-112
CONCISE SUMMARY: The rule clarifies language under 13-10 that applies when an agent surrenders his license. New language is added under 13-10 to regulate an agent moving his store location.
The rule, 14-10, clarifies existing language in Title 28-A subsection 606-8 relating to agency store liquor pricing to the public.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 7, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Lynn M. Cayford, Director
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Liquor Enforcement
ADDRESS: 397 Water Street, Gardiner, ME 04345
TELEPHONE: 624-8973


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