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June 25, 1997
Rule-Making Notice

as it appears in 5 daily Maine newspapers

PROPOSALS
AGENCY: 02-514: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Board of
Counseling Professionals
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Counseling Professionals
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P112
CONCISE SUMMARY: This proposed modification is intended to:
1. Add new definitions, as appropriate, and clarify existing definitions;
2. Update requirements for licensure to reflect course content and training;
3. Require submission of a disclosure statement for registration purposes; and
4. Revise language to be consistent with current usage.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA, Chapter 119 13853 (2.)
PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, July 28, 1997, 9 a.m., Central Conference Room, Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, 122 Northern Ave., Gardiner, ME 04345
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: August 8, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
NAME: Elaine Thibodeau
ADDRESS: Office of Licensing & Registration, SHS #35, Augusta, ME 04333
PHONE NUMBER: (207) 624-8420
AGENCY: 13-188 - Department of Marine Resources

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Chapter 11: Dragging for Scallops, Damariscotta River
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P113
CONCISE SUMMARY: For purposes of conservation and resolving gear conflict in the Damariscotta River. This rule would prohibit scallop dragging in the Damariscotta River during the month of December.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S.A. 6171 6171-A
PUBLIC HEARING: The public hearing on this proposal will be held on Monday, July 14,1997 at 6:00 p.m., Department of Marine Resources, Conference Room, McKown Point, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Herring Management Plan
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P114
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Marine Resources is proposing changes to existing regulations affecting the fishery for Atlantic herring in Gulf of Maine coastal waters which will provide additional protection for spawning herring without interrupting the supply of non-spawning fish for lobster bait and for the canning industry.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S.A. 6171
PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, July 14,1997, 1 p.m., Department of Marine Resources Conference Room, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: July 24,1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Laurice U. Churchill
AGENCY NAME: Department of Marine Resources
ADDRESS: 21 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0021
TELEPHONE: (207) 633-9584


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Medical Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Chapter 150, Hospital Finance Rules, Section 1
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P115
CONCISE SUMMARY: The proposed rule revises existing policy for hospital charity care guidelines. This rule provides for the adoption of the 1997 federal poverty guidelines and includes provisions for an opportunity for applicants to request a fair hearing regarding eligibility for free care in hospitals.
THIS RULE MAY HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 M.R.S.A. 1 716
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: July 25,1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Maurice Gagnon, Division of Reimbursement & Financial Services, Bureau of Medical Services, State House Station #11, Augusta, Maine 04333; (207) 287 - 3836.
AGENCY: 01-15 - Maine Milk Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Schedule of Minimum Prices-Order #97-08
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P117
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. The Commission will be voting on new Dealer Margins which will become effective August, 1997 if approved.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 M.R.S.A. Section 2954 & 5 M.R.S.A. Section 8054
PUBLIC HEARING: 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 1997, Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources, Deering Building, Hospital Street, Room 336, Augusta, Maine 04333
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: July 10, 1997
NAME: John H. Richards, Deputy Commissioner
ADDRESS: Maine Milk Commission, Deering Building-Station #28, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3741
AGENCY: 12-386 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Elevator & Tramway Safety
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT:
Chapter I - Definitions
Chapter 2 - Rules for All Elevators, Manlifts and Escalators
Chapter 3 - Rules for New Elevator Installations
Chapter 4 - Rules for Existing Elevator Installations
Chapter 5 - Rules for Escalator & Moving Walks Installations
Chapter 6 - Rules for Manlift Installations
Chapter 7 - Tramway Rules
Chapter 8 - Elevator Inspectors
Chapter 9 - Tramway Inspectors
Chapter 10 - Wire Rope Inspectors
Chapter 11 - Elevator Mechanics
Chapter 12 - Fees
Chapter 13 - General Information
Chapter 14 - Complaints, Investigations and Adjudicatory Hearings
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P118
CONCISE SUMMARY: The propose rule changes outline the installation, maintenance, operation, use and inspection requirements of elevators, escalators, manlifts, and tramways in the State of Maine. The proposed rule changes outline the licensing requirements for elevator inspectors, tramway inspectors, wire rope inspectors, and elevator mechanics. The proposed rules sets forth the fees to be charged by the Board. The proposed rules also outlines the requirements for the procedure to conduct hearings, reviews and complaints.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 32 M.R.S.A., Chapter 133, Section 15206
PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, July 24, 1997, 9:00 a.m., Kennebec Room, Gardiner Annex, Gardiner, Maine
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: August 4, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
NAME: Cheryl Hersom, Board Administrator
ADDRESS: Office of Licensing & Registration, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
PHONE NUMBER: 207/624-8605
ADOPTIONS
AGENCY: 94-434 - Maine Educational Loan Authority (MELA)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. I - Supplemental Education Loan Program Rule
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-208
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule was amended to simplify the underwriting of loans for borrowers, reduce paperwork and to bring the MELA Program Rules' underwriting section into exact compliance with guarantor agency requirements
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 17, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Jo Hennick
AGENCY NAME: Maine Educational Loan Authority (WLA)
ADDRESS: 526 Western Avenue Augusta, Maine 04330
TELEPHONE: (207) 623-2600 AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: 230, Maintenance and Ownership of Customer Premises Wire
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-209
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Commission is instituting this rulemaking to amend Chapter 230 of the Commission's Rules, MPUC Rules, Chapter 230, Installation, Maintenance and Ownership of Customer Premises Wire. The Commission has adopted these changes for several reasons: (1) in order to conform the rulers definition of "demarcation point" with federal law; (2) to implement one new policy that requires a local exchange carrier to provide free diagnostic service and installation of a network interface device when the carrier performs, upon the request of the customer, diagnostic or maintenance services and finds that there is no network interface device; (3) to state pricing rules governing the rates charged by local exchange carriers for the installation and maintenance of customer premises wire; (4) to limit the rulers application to local exchange carriers; (5) to modify rules governing optional wire maintenance plans; (6) to eliminate the requirement that LECs must provide pay-per-unit inside wire services; (7) to reflect the statutory authority of . the commission to deregulate services relating to customer premises wire; (8) to include a waiver provision; and (9) to make other minor amendments to update the rulers terminology.
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Carmen M. Thibodeau
AGENCY NAME: Public utilities Commission
ADDRESS: 242 State Street, Station 18, Augusta ME 04333-0018
TELEPHONE: 287-6078
AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 280, Provision of Competitive Telecommunications Services
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-210
CONCISE SUMMARY: The revision to Chapter 280 is intended to establish economically efficient and equitable access charges for the provision of competitive services. It also describes the process for intrastate competitive telecommunications carriers to obtain authority from the Commission to provide service.
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Carmen M. Thibodeau
AGENCY NAME: Public Utilities Commission
ADDRESS: 242 State Street, Station 18, Augusta, ME 04333-0018
TELEPHONE: 287-6078
AGENCY: 90-351 - Workers' Compensation Board
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 5, Medical Fee Schedule, Appendix III
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-211
CONCISE SUMMARY: This Chapter outlines billing procedures and reimbursement levels to health care providers and sets standards for health care reporting The Board has amended an address in Chapter 5, 9(4), and repealed Appendix III that was effective April 4, 1994 and replaced Appendix III with a new one.
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Isabella Tighe, Deputy Director Medical/Rehabilitation Services
AGENCY NAME: Workers' Compensation Board
ADDRESS: 27 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0027
TELEPHONE: 207-287-7080
AGENCY: 01-015 - Maine Milk Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter #3 - Schedule Of Minimum Prices
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-212
CONCISE SUMMARY: Minimum July, 1997 producer Class I set at $13.94 and a Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact over order price of $3.00. July, 1997 Class II goes to $11.00 and Class III minimums set at $10.58. These changes were passed on in minimum prices.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
NAME: John H. Richards, Deputy Commissioner, Maine Milk Commission, Deering Building-Station #28, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3741
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