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June 16, 1999
Rule-Making Notice

as it appears 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 rule chapters may be found on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rcn/apa/ depts.htm.


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 301, Food Stamp Manual
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-P107
CONCISE SUMMARY: Maine began a state funded Food Stamp program in September, 1998, for certain legal immigrants who could no longer receive Federally funded Food Stamps due to their alien status. Funding for this program was to end June 30, 1999. The funding is being continued and this rule removes the sunset clause.
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: July 16, 1999.
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: (207) 287-6948 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Medical Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 101, Maine Medical Assistance Manual: Ch. II, Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-P108
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule updates needed services through Medicaid's Private Non-medical Institution Services rule. Changes in the proposed rule include a definition of equipment for reimbursement purposes, the required use of standard staff time studies, and a requirement that providers submit separate cost reports for each facility.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 M.R.S.A., 42, 3173
PUBLIC HEARING:
Date: July 7, 1999, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Department of Human Services, 2nd Floor conference room, 35 Anthony Avenue, Augusta, Maine. Any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing must contact the agency person listed below before June 23, 1999.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: July 21, 1999
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Kip Neale, Medical Care Administrator
AGENCY NAME: Medicaid Policy Development
ADDRESS: 35 Anthony Avenue, #11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: 207-624-5516
TTY: 1-800-423-4331 or 207-287-1828 (Deaf or Hard of Hearing)


AGENCY: 09-137 - Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Moose Hunting
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-P109
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received a request from the Bureau of Parks and Lands to repeal the rule prohibiting moose hunting in the following areas: Allagash Wilderness Waterway (State-owned restricted zone, extending back approximately 500 feet from high water mark); Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle; Lily Bay State Park, Beaver Cove. The Bureau of Parks and Lands has adopted rules regarding hunting in state parks which apply to these areas (no hunting from May 1 through September 30) and the closures are no longer necessary for the moose hunting season which occurs in October.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S.A Sections 7035, 7463-A
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled - one may be requested.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: July 19, 1999
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: 287-5201


AGENCY: 09-137 - Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Hunting Seasons for Furbearing Animals
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-P110
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received a petition requesting an amendment to the statewide hunting season for bobcat. The current season for bobcat begins December 1 and continues through January 31. The petition requests that the season be changed to begin December 15 and continue through February 15.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S.A Sections 7035
PUBLIC HEARING: July 7, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Bear Inn, Stillwater Avenue, Orono, Maine.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: July 19, 1999
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: 287-5201.


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 94-457 - Finance Authority of Maine
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 502, Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund Board (Amendment 1)
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-241
CONCISE SUMMARY: This Rule amendment implements a code of ethics for board members and employees of service contractors to the Board. Under the code Board members and certain relatives and affiliated entities thereof, will be ineligible for loans from the board and board members and employees of service contractors will be required to abstain from involvement in other matters in which they have a conflict.
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 14, 1999
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Christopher H. Roney, Deputy General Counsel, Finance Authority of Maine, P.O. Box 949, 83 Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04332-0949
(207) 623-3263 (Voice)
(207) 626-2715 (TDD)
(207) 623-0095 (FAX)


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