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July 9, 1997
Rule-Making Notice

as it appears in 5 daily Maine newspapers

PROPOSALS
AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: #332 Maine Medicaid Eligibility Manual - Asset Limit for TANF Recipients
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P123
CONCISE SUMMARY: The asset limit for Medicaid eligibility for TANF recipients is increasing from $1,000 to $2,000. This change makes Medicaid rules for TANF recipients consistent with the rules for a cash benefit under TANF.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 3173
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled unless requested by 5 or more people.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: August 8, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Barbara Feltes, Medicaid Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence, 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (207) 287-5088

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: #331 Public Assistance Manual (AFDC): TANF
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P125
CONCISE SUMMARY:

These rules:

THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 3741
PUBLIC HEARING: July 31, 1997 at 9 AM to 11 AM, Large Conference Room, Department of Human Services, Whitten Rd., Hallowell, Maine.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: August 8, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Rose Masure, TANF Program Manager, Department of Human Service, Bureau of Family Independence, State House Station #11, Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 287-5089
ADOPTIONS
AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 430, Cost of Gas Adjustment for Gas Utilities
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-220
CONCISE SUMMARY: The changes update statutory citations in the rule, simplify certain reporting requirements, and revise the definition of cost of gas to bring it into conformity with current industry usage and a recent Commission decision.
EFFECTIVE DATE June 30, 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: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 374, Rules Regarding the Traffic Movement Standard of the Site Location of Development Law
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-221
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule amendment implements the traffic related changes to the Site Location of Development Law (Site Law) which become effective July 1, 1997. The rule reflects the statutory change in jurisdiction. A project generating more than 11 vehicle trips in the peak hour of operation will be considered a "development" and thus will require traffic review under the Site Law regardless of how man acres the project covers. The rule also spells out the process for the "scoping meetings" designed to improve municipal and state coordination of traffic reviews. The rule also sets forth limited guidelines for determining what traffic must be studied in the vicinity of a development. Traffic within a development will no longer be reviewed by the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Michael K. Mullen
AGENCY NAME: Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land & Water Quality
ADDRESS: 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-2111

AGENCY: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 380, Planning Permit
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-222
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule implements the planning permit which was added to the Site Location of Development Law under Public Law 1995, Section a-12. The rule establishes the criteria applicable to an alternative approach to current licensing procedures. The planning permit will allow approval of development within a specified area and within specific parameters, although the specific nature and extent of development may not be known at the time a permit is issued. The location and parameters of a development would be required to meet all the standards of the Site Law.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Nancy Beardsley
AGENCY NAME: Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land and Water Quality
ADDRESS: 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-2111

AGENCY: 09-289 - Maine Atlantic Salmon Authority
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 1, Rules of the Atlantic Salmon Authority
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-226
CONCISE SUMMARY:

The Atlantic Salmon Authority has adopted rules amending the statewide Atlantic salmon fishing regulations as follows:

I. General Seasons:
Open season: April I-June 30 and September I-October 15
II. Methods of angling for Atlantic salmon (in addition to current regulations):
a. It shall be illegal to use a "tailer" in landing an Atlantic salmon.
b. It shall be illegal to remove an Atlantic salmon from the water. (Effective: 9/l/97)
c. Landing nets used in landing Atlantic salmon shall consist of knotless material not to exceed 1/2 inch mesh (stretched). (Effective: 9/l/97)
III. Areas closed to fishing for Atlantic salmon:
a. Penobscot River Watershed, Great Works Stream: from the downstream side of the Route 178 bridge in Bradley to the Penobscot River, and the Penobscot River within 500 feet of a red painted marker situated on the downriver side of the mouth of Great Works Stream.
b. Penobscot River Watershed, Blackman Stream: from the downstream side of the Route 178 bridge in Bradley to the Penobscot River, and the Penobscot River within 500 feet of a red painted marker situated on the downriver side of the mouth of Blackman Stream.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA 9202
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 2, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Ed Baum, Atlantic Salmon Authority, 650 State Street, Bangor, ME 04401-5654, telephone: (207) 941-4449; FAX: 941-4443.

AGENCY: 94-348 - Maine Human Rights Commission
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 7, Accessibility Regulations
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-228
CONCISE SUMMARY: These regulations are designed to inform interested parties of the Maine Human Rights-Commission's interpretation of the provisions of the Maine Human Rights Act related to accessibility of public accommodations and commercial facilities designed and constructed or altered after January 1, 1996. The new regulations reflect recent amendments to-the Maine Human Rights Act to equate its provisions with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 6, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: John E. Carnes, Esq.
AGENCY NAME: Maine Human Rights Commission
ADDRESS: 51 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0051
TELEPHONE: 207-624-6050


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