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101 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
207/624-7650
FAX 207/287-6545

April 25, 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: 10-144 - Department of Human Services/Bureau of Health, WIC Program
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 286, Maine WIC Program Rules
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P111
CONCISE SUMMARY: Revision to the Maine WIC Program Rules to include changes in Federal Regulations applying to the WIC food delivery system and WIC certification. The rules describe the procedures and standards for WIC participants, local grantee agencies and WIC authorized vendors.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 42 and 1951
PUBLIC HEARING): May 16, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Holiday Inn, 110 Community Drive, Augusta
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 26, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Mary Owen
AGENCY NAME: Maine WIC Program
ADDRESS: State House Station 11, 331 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3991


AGENCY: 01-015 - Maine Milk Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 3, Schedule of Minimum Prices - Order #06-01 PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P112
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Maine Milk Commission will set minimum prices for Class I, II, III and Butterfat based on Federal Order #1 prices with prevailing premiums and other factors that may be presented.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA 2954 & 5 MRSA 8054
PUBLIC HEARING:
9:00 a.m., Thursday, May 10, 2001, Room 336, Department of Agriculture, Deering Building, Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine 04333
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 10, 2001
NAME: Stanley K. Millay, Executive Director
ADDRESS: Maine Milk Commission, Deering Building - Station 28, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3741


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 301, Food Stamp Manual
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P113
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule follows federal law. It involves the reporting of illegal aliens, procedures during the application process, interviews between reviews, changes in sponsored alien rules, vehicle exclusions, self employment calculations, condominium association fees, non-heat standard utility allowances, sharing of utility allowances, and certification periods.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 3104
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled unless requested by 5 or more people.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 25, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Richard P. Morrow, Food Stamp Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence, 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (207) 287-5093
TTY (Deaf/Hard of Hearing): (207) 287-6948


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 01-001 - Department of Agriculture, Food And Rural Resources
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 36, Maine Farms for the Future Program
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-134
CONCISE SUMMARY This chapter establishes the rules governing administration of the Maine Farms for the Future program. The program assists farm businesses, which are under pressure of closing due to adjacent development, in making and implementing business plans to keep the farm economically viable. The program develops a list of service providers who may help the farm, establishes what the farm must do to develop and implement a business plan, as well as establishes the criteria and selection process to access grant funds in exchange for entering into farmland protection agreements with the State. The rule will establish the procedures to select the program administrator as well as establish the criteria for selection of farms for participation in the program.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 16, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
AGENCY NAME: Howard Jones, Director
ADDRESS: 28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3491


AGENCY: 19-100 - Department of Economic and Community Development
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 11, Biomedical Research Fund
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-135
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Maine Biomedical Research Program is established to disburse program funds to eligible not-for-profit biomedical research institutions for the purpose of creating economic development and good jobs in Maine. Program funds are intended to support biomedical research in this State. An eligible institution receiving program funds under this section may use those funds for any of the following purposes: project funding; facilities funding, including debt service; equipment used in research, including debt service; or ancillary support. The purpose of the rule is to define the criteria and proposal process for applications to the fund.
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 17, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Peggy Schaffer, Policy and Planning Specialist
ADDRESS: 59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-8480


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 331, Public Assistance Manual - Updating the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2001-136
CONCISE SUMMARY: This policy updates the federal poverty level income guidelines contained in the Public Assistance policy manual. The income guidelines affect eligibility for Emergency Assistance and Transitional Transportation benefits.
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 5, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Rose Masure, TANF Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence, 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (207) 287-5089
TTY (Deaf/Hard of Hearing): (207) 287-6948


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