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April 12, 2006
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: 02-031 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 630, Rural Medical Access Program
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2006-P73
CONCISE SUMMARY: The purpose of this Rule is to establish the assessment and premium assistance procedures for the Rural Medical Program and to establish standards or procedures to implement the program.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: This rule is proposed in accordance with 24-A MRSA 212, 229(1), and 6311.
PUBLIC HEARING: A public hearing will be held on May 5, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kennebec Room of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation building, 124 Northern Avenue, Gardiner, Maine
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Monday, May 15, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Vanessa Leon, Maine Bureau of Insurance, 34 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-8452


AGENCY: 09-137 - Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Hunting and Trapping: 4.02(D), Migratory Bird Hunting North and South Waterfowl Zone Line
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2006-P74
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing rules redefining the north and south waterfowl zone line. This rule change is necessary to bring the zone line into compliance with the newly established Wildlife Management Districts. The new line will be as follows: The NORTHERN waterfowl zone will consist of Wildlife Management Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. The SOUTHERN waterfowl zone will consist of Wildlife Management Districts 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA, Section 10104 and 11855
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Hunting and Trapping: 4.03(C), Antlerless Deer Hunting Restrictions
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2006-P75
CONCISE SUMMARY: In accordance with Title 12, MRSA, Section 7457, subsection 1(H), the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife proposes to adopt Antlerless Deer Hunting Restrictions for the 2006 regular and special muzzleloading deer hunting seasons. This proposal will establish specific permit allocations for the 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) as follows:

WMD 1 - 0 permits
WMD 2 - 25 permits
WMD 3 - 0 permits
WMD 4 - 250 permits
WMD 5 - 450 permits
WMD 6 - 200 permits
WMD 7 - 425 permits
WMD 8 - 1,125 permits
WMD 9 - 450 permits
WMD 10 - 100 permits
WMD 11 - 125 permits
WMD 12 - 1,400 permits
WMD 13 - 1,750 permits
WMD 14 - 750 permits
WMD 15 - 4,200 permits
WMD 16 - 5,600 permits
WMD 17 - 13,725 permits
WMD 18 - 300 permits
WMD 19 - 0 permits
WMD 20 - 5,050 permits
WMD 21 - 5,050 permits
WMD 22 - 5,750 permits
WMD 23 - 11,250 permits
WMD 24 - 3,425 permits
WMD 25 - 3,000 permits
WMD 26 - 3,000 permits
WMD 27 - 0 permits
WMD 28 - 0 permits
WMD 29 - 600 permits
TOTAL - 68,000
NOTE: Boundaries in WMDs 18, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 were realigned in 2006. WMD 30 was eliminated. Coastal islands are now part of the new WMD 29, except coastal islands in Washington County and those located in Franklin, Sullivan, Sorrento, Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor in Hancock County, which are located in WMD 27.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA Sections 11152
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 4, Hunting and Trapping: 4.13, Restrictions on the Use of Crossbows
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2006-P76
CONCISE SUMMARY: In accordance with Title 12, Section 10953, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing rules regulating the use of crossbows for hunting including, but not limited to, restrictions on size, bolts, broadheads, sighting devices and safety mechanisms. These rules will prohibit the use of hand held, or pistol-type crossbows and crossbows with a draw weight of less than 100 pounds or more than 200 pounds. Legislation enacted by the 122nd Legislature authorizes the use of crossbows during the open season on bear as provided in Title 12, Section 11251 and the open firearms season on deer as provided in Title 12, Section 11401. Use of crossbows is prohibited during the expanded archery season and in an expanded archery zone as well as during the muzzleloading-only deer hunting season established under Title 12, Section 11404.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA, Section 10953
THESE RULES WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled one may be requested.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 12, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea L. Erskine, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street - #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
E-MAIL: andrea.erskine@maine.gov
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-5201


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 05-071 - Department of Education
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 45, Rule for Vision and Hearing Screening in Maine Schools
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2006-136
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule provides direction to public and private schools approved pursuant to 20-A MRSA Ch. 2902 in health screening of students. It is to assist school administrative units in implementing the provision of the health screening statute [Title 20-A MRSA 6451] that requires periodic health screening to identify students that may have a sight or hearing defect.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: DeEtte Hall
AGENCY NAME: Department of Education
ADDRESS: 23 State House Station, Burton Cross Building, 5th Floor, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-6688


AGENCY: 02-313 - Board of Dental Examiners (affiliated with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 6, Fees
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2006-137
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule increases the fees associated with licensure for dentists, dental hygienists and denturists, including fees for initial application, renewal, reinstatement, endorsement and late fees and compliance fees.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 9, 2006
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Anita C. Merrow
AGENCY NAME: Maine Board of Dental Examiners
ADDRESS: 143 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0143
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3333