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December 14, 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: 01-015 - Maine Milk Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 61, Maine Milk Pool Cost of Administration
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P331
CONCISE SUMMARY The principal reason for this rule-making is to amend the cost of administering the Maine Milk Pool.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA 3154(2)
PUBLIC HEARING: January 03, 2006, Tuesday, starting at 9:00 a.m., Room 215, Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources, Deering Building, Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: January 13, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Stanley K. Millay
AGENCY NAME: Maine Milk Commission
ADDRESS: 28 State House Station, Augusta Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-7521


AGENCY: 01-015 - Maine Milk Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 26, Producer Margins
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P332
CONCISE SUMMARY: The principal reason for this rule-making is to up-date producer margins.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA 2954
PUBLIC HEARING: January 6, 2006, Friday, starting at 10:00 a.m., Room 319, Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources, Deering Building, Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: January 16, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Stanley K. Millay
AGENCY NAME: Maine Milk Commission
ADDRESS: 28 State House Station, Augusta Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-7521


AGENCY: 16-222 - Bureau of Maine State Police
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Motor Carrier Safety Rules
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P333
CONCISE SUMMARY: These rules adopt by reference and prescribe the requirements of the Department of Public Safety governing the safe operation of motor carriers as found in 49 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 40, 382, 390, 391, 392, 393, 395 and 396. Changes have been made to the hours of service regulations in part 395 and to the load securement regulations in Part 393. This adoption will keep Maine current with the rest of the nation.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 29-A MRSA 555
PUBLIC HEARING: none planned
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: January 13, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: John Fraser
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of State Police
ADDRESS: #20 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-8914


AGENCY: 18-125 Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 202, Tree Growth Tax Law Valuations - 2006
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2005-P334
CONCISE SUMMARY: The rule fulfils the requirement that each year the State Tax Assessor determine 100% valuations per acre for each forest type by economic region for parcels under the Tree Growth Tax Law. This rule is applicable to the 2006 tax year.
THIS RULE WILL HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 36 MRSA 576
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled at this time.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: January 16, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: John W. Sagaser, Esq., General Counsel, Maine Revenue Services, 24 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-9536


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 2, Community Services Block Grant Program
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2005-493
CONCISE SUMMARY: This amendment allocates block grant funds to designated community action agencies. The effect is to pass through the amount of community block grant funds evenly - fifty percent equally to all designated agencies and fifty percent divided among agencies based on their percentage of low-income households served.
EFFECTIVE DATE: December 13, 2005
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Geoffrey Green, Deputy Commissioner
AGENCY NAME: Department of Health and Human Services
ADDRESS: 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-4290