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August 10, 2005
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/rules/.


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 09-137 – Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Hunting and Trapping: 4.06, Wild Turkey Hunting Season
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P170
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife proposes to adopt a rule amending the dates for the fall turkey hunting season occurring in WMDs 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 as follows: From the Saturday preceding the Monday observance of Columbus Day in October to the second Saturday following the Monday observance of Columbus Day. Any person who possesses an archery license as provided in 12 MRSA §11109, may purchase a wild turkey hunting permit to hunting during this fall season. The bag limit during this season is 1 wild turkey of either sex and any age per permit holder. Only bow and arrow may be used to hunt wild turkey during this season.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA §11701
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled; one may be requested.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: September 9, 2005
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-5201
E-MAIL: andrea.erskine@state.me.us


AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 301, Standard Offer Service
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P171
CONCISE SUMMARY: The purpose of the amendments is to allow the Commission flexibility to vary the amount of the financial security as market conditions change and to eliminate bonds as a financial security option. Other changes to the rule are based on the Commission's actual experience in conducting standard offer bid processes and to provide the Commission with flexibility to address changes in circumstances as they may occur in the future.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA §§ 104, 111, 1301, 1306, and 3212
PUBLIC HEARING: September 1, 2005, 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room, Public Utilities Commission, 242 State Street, Augusta ME
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: September 12, 2005. However, the commission requests that comments be filed by August 29, 2005, to allow for follow-up inquiries during the hearing; supplemental comments may be filed after the hearing. Written comments should refer to Docket No. 2005-443 and be sent to the Administrative Director.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Paula J. Cyr
AGENCY NAME: Public Utilities Commission
ADDRESS: 242 State Street, Station 18, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0018
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3831


AGENCY: 29-250 - Department of the Secretary of State
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 900, Rules for the Administration of the Address Confidentiality Program
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P172
CONCISE SUMMARY: This amendment requires the Secretary of State to assign a voter code to participants of the Address Confidentiality Program. The voter code will be used for the purposes of registering to vote and voting. In addition, it will be used in lieu of the participant’s name and address being listed on the public voter list.
THIS RULE WILL HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA §90-B and 21-A MRSA §122-A, as enacted by PL 2005, Chapter 364 (effective September 17, 2005).
PUBLIC HEARING): Monday, August 29, 2005, 10:00 a.m., Cross State Office Building, Room 402, Augusta, ME 04333
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: September 8, 2005
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Barbara Redmond
AGENCY NAME: Office of the Secretary of State
ADDRESS: 148 State House Stations, Augusta, ME 04333-0148
TELEPHONE: (207) 626-8408


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 02-031 - Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 231, Certificates of Authority for Insurance Companies (repeals and replaces Rule Ch. 231; repeals Ch. 230)
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2005-315
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule repeals and replaces Rule 230. The Superintendent is adopting this Rule in order to set standards and procedures under which an insurance company may apply for a Certificate of Authority to transact the business of insurance in Maine, or for amendment of an existing Certificate of Authority.
EFFECTIVE DATE:
Ch. 231, August 9, 2005
Repeal of Ch. 230, September 1, 2005
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Vanessa Leon, Bureau of Insurance, 34 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-8452