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September 10, 1997
Rule-Making Notice

as it appears in 5 daily Maine newspapers


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 09-137 - Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Chapter 1: Open Water Fishing Regulations
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P177
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing fishing regulation changes for the 1998 and 1999 open water fishing season on 7 downeast rivers for the conservation and propagation of Atlantic salmon. A list of these proposals may be obtained from the Agency Contact Person listed below.
Statutory Authority: 12 M.R.S.A 7035, 9902
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Two hearings will be held on September 29, 1997 in separate locations: One at the University of Maine at Machias at 7:00 p.m. and one at the Whitefield Elementary School, Route 126, Whitefield, Maine - 7:00 p.m.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: October 9, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: 287-5261.

AGENCY: 02-031 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Amendments to Chapter 390, Motor Vehicle Insurance Identification Cards
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P178
CONCISE SUMMARY: To prescribe standards for the uniform motor vehicle insurance identification cards

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Amendments to Chapter 550, Calculation of Premium for Interstate Workers' Compensation Insurance Risks and Rate Filing Requirements
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P179
CONCISE SUMMARY: Certain employers seek to maintain unfair competitive advantage by paying, for workers' compensation insurance at out-of-state premium rates for activities conducted in Maine and subject to Maine workers' compensation law. Insurers share in the responsibility to protect the integrity of the workers' compensation system from such abuses, and are under a continuing duty to exercise due diligence in auditing their clients.

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Amendments to Chapter 150, Maine Automobile Liability Policy Endorsement
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 97-P180
CONCISE SUMMARY: To set standards for the conditions under which insurers authorized to write commercial automobile insurance must also provide Drive Other Car Coverage for vehicles used as personal transportation.

THESE RULES WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 24-A M.R.S.A. 212
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled; one may be requested.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: October 10, 1997 5:00 p.m.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Lyndy Morgan, Legal Secretary Maine Department of Professional and, Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance, 34 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.
PHONE NUMBER: (207) 624-8423


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 02-031 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 540, Educational Requirements for Insurance Professionals
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-290
CONCISE SUMMARY: An Act to Streamline Licensing and Reporting Requirements and Reduce Regulatory Burdens for Licensed Insurance Professionals and Insurers, P.L. 1997, ch. 457, was approved by the Governor on June 11 as emergency legislation. Effective October 1, 1997, the Act repeals the current framework under which applicants for life and health agent licenses are exempt from the prelicensing education requirements applicable to general lines applicants pursuant to 24-A M.R.S.A. 1603(4) and 1604. Instead, a unified requirement encompassing both life/health and property/casualty producers will be codified at 24-A M.R.S.A. 1423(3). These amendments establish the course approval process which will enable applicants to fulfill these requirements.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 29, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
NAME: Lyndy Morgan, Legal Secretary
ADDRESS: Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Bureau of Insurance, 34 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
PHONE NUMBER: (207) 624-8423

AGENCY: 05-071 - Department of Education/State Board of Education
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 115, Parts I, Certification of Educational Personnel: Standards and Procedures and Chapter 115, Part II, Certification Endorsements and Certificates
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-291
CONCISE SUMMARY. Chapter 115, Part I, Section 9.2-A, Equivalent training, and Sections 14.2, 14.3, and 14.9 have been amended. Chapter 115, Part I, Section 11.8 allows waivers for specific certification course requirements.
Chapter 115, Part II, includes a new Teacher of Students with Disabilities K-3 endorsement, conditional certificates for all administrators, and amendments to health, physical education, driver education and speech and hearing clinician.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 3, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Nancy T. lbarguen
AGENCY NAME: Department of Education, Certification Office
ADDRESS: 23 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0023
TELEPHONE: 207-287-5944
TDD NUMBER: 207-287-2550


AGENCY: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection
CHAPTER NUMBER & TITLE: Chapter 420, Septage Management Rules
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 97-294
CONCISE SUMMARY: Septage is the mixture of solid and liquid waste material pumped from residential septic tanks. This rule establishes requirements and licensing procedures for siting and operating a site for septage land application, septage storage, and municipal septage management compliance. This rule replaces the existing Chapter 420, which became effective March 30, 1986, with a new Chapter 420.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 8, 1997
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: James Pollock
AGENCY NAME: Department of Environmental Protection
ADDRESS: Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0017
TELEPHONE: 1-207-287-7816 or 2651


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