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January 28, 2004
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: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 301, Food Stamp Certification Manual - Change Reporting, Excluded Income, Rental Payments
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2004-P18
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule has three parts:
1) Persons who are on a change reporting system will need to report changes of $50.00 in gross monthly income instead of the current $25.00 change limit.
2) Rental payments that are made in advance will now be allowable expenses for the month(s) for which the payment is made.
3) Clarification is made that amounts paid to former spouses under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act are not to be counted as income for the person making the payments. They are considered to be part of a property settlement agreement.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 42
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled unless requested by 5 or more people.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: February 27, 2004
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Richard Morrow, Food Stamp Program Manager
AGENCY NAME: Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
ADDRESS: 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-5093
TTY: (207) 287-6948


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 01-001 - Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 61, Maine Milk Pool: Cost of Administration
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2004-20
CONCISE SUMMARY: These amendments to the Maine Milk Pool Cost of Administration Rule, Ch. #61, were proposed to reflect the estimated administrative costs of operating the Pool for calendar year 2004.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 26, 2004
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:
NAME: Stanley Millay, Pool Administrator, Maine Milk Commission, Deering Building - Station #28, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3741


AGENCY: 13-188 - Department of Marine Resources

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 25.90, Swans Island Area Lobster Trap Regulation
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2004-21
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Commissioner adopts the amendments to the Swans Island Conservation Area regulations in order to synchronize the Swans Island regulations with current State lobster management regulations.

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 45.05(1)(A)(2), Shrimp Season 2003-2004
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2004-22
CONCISE SUMMARY: These adopted regulations establish through the regular rule-making process, changes that become effective with the adoption of the emergency rules establishing the 2003 - 2004 shrimp season. The season shall take place from January 19, 2004 to March 12, 2004 with Saturday and Sunday's closed. Mechanical (powered) shaking of shrimp aboard any vessel is prohibited.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 26, 2004
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Laurice U. Churchill
AGENCY NAME: Department of Marine Resources
ADDRESS: PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575-0008
WEB SITE: www.maine.gov/dmr/rulemaking
TELEPHONE: (207) 633-9584
FAX: (207) 633-9579
TTY: (207) 633-9500 or 287-4474 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)


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