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December 6, 2000
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: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 592, The Small Community Wastewater Program Amendments
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2000-P270
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule needed to be updated because the statute which authorizes the Small Community Grant program was amended to change the percentages which the grants could pay. The rule was modified to remove specific funding levels so that future law changes will not require another change in the rule. The revised rule also increases the project items which the grant may pay for and adds a priority category to improve the ranking of grant applications. The rule was also modified in accordance with statewide formatting standards for new rules.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 38 MRSA 411 as amended
PUBLIC HEARING: Posted for public comment only. A hearing may be requested.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: January 17, 2001.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Richard A. Green
AGENCY NAME: Department of Environmental Protection
ADDRESS: 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0017
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-7765
FAX (207) 287-7191
Email: richard.a.green@maine.gov


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 323, General Assistance Manual - Rev. #10-A
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2000-512
CONCISE SUMMARY: This revision complies with State Statutes governing General Assistance. The purpose is to clarify existing policy, align pages, and to make policy easier to use by cross referencing with 22 MRSA.
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 27, 2000
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Cynthia Boyd, General Assistance Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence, 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (207) 287-3654
TTY: (207) 287-6948 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 332, Medicaid Eligibility Manual - Medicaid Coverage of Stepparents
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2000-513
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule change allows stepparents to get Medicaid coverage as long as their income does not cause ineligibility for their stepchildren and they meet all other eligibility criteria.
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 27, 2000
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Barbara Feltes, Medicaid Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence, 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (207) 287-5088
TTY: (207) 287-6948 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)


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