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April 20, 2011

WEEKLY NOTICES 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 internet at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules. There is also a list of rule-making liaisons, who are single points of contact for each agency.


PROPOSALS



AGENCY: 94-630 - Maine Biomedical Research Board
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 1, Maine Biomedical Research Fund
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2011-P36
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Martha Bentley, Maine Biomedical Research Program, Maine Technology Institute, 405 Water Street, Suite 300. Gardiner, ME 04345. Telephone: (207) 312-8605. E-mail: mmbentley@wildblue.net .
CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION (if different):
PUBLIC HEARING: None – one will be scheduled if five or more people request one.
COMMENT DEADLINE: June 1, 2011
BRIEF SUMMARY: The purpose of this rule-making is to amend the current Allocation Formula for determining what portion of the total Program Funds available each eligible institution would receive.
DETAILED BASIS STATEMENT / SUMMARY: The purpose of this rule-making is to amend the current Allocation Formula (Section 5.B) for determining what portion of the total Program Funds available each eligible institution would receive from:
“An institution will receive the share of total Program Funds available for distribution that is proportionally equivalent to the institution’s share of adjusted Eligible Outside Funding relative to the total pool of adjusted Eligible Outside Funding received by all institutions receiving Program Funds.
“Adjusted eligible outside funding” means an institution’s Eligible Outside Funding weighted such that the first million (or portion thereof) is multiplied by 3.5, the second million and third million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 2, any amounts over three million are multiplied by 1.”
to:
“An institution will receive the share of total Program Funds available for distribution that is proportionally equivalent to the institution’s share of adjusted Eligible Outside Funding relative to the total pool of adjusted Eligible Outside Funding received by all institutions receiving Program Funds.
“Adjusted eligible outside funding” means an institution’s Eligible Outside Funding weighted such that the first million (or portion thereof) is multiplied by 3.5, the second and third million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 2, the third through fifth million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 1.5, the fifth through tenth million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 1.2, the tenth through 20th million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 1, the 20th through 40th million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 0.5, the 40th through 60th million (or portion thereof) are multiplied by 0.1, and any amount above 60 million is multiplied by 0.02.”
IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any):
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 5 MRSA §13103 sub-§9
SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different)


ADOPTIONS



AGENCY: 02-030 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:
Ch. 270, Adjustment of Volume Fees (Repealed)
Ch. 285, Adjustment of Non-Bank Mortgage Lender Fees to Fund Agency, Investigative and Legal Compliance Personnel (New)
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2011-116 and 117
CONCISE SUMMARY: The adopted rules increase the volume fee paid by non-bank mortgage lenders on the volume of consumer credit transactions extended in the previous calendar year from $20 per $100,000 to $35 per $100,000 of loans extended.
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2011
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Julie Franchetti, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, State House Station #35, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035. Telephone: (207) 624-8527. E-mail: Julie.Franchetti@Maine.gov .
WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/consumercredit/index.shtml .
AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Doris.A.Whitaker@Maine.gov .



AGENCY: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bureau of Air Quality Control
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 129, Surface Coating Facilities
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2011-118
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Board of Environmental Protection adopted amendments to Ch. 129 which expand the types of paneling regulated to include exterior siding and tileboard. The amendments lower the threshold above which sources are subject to the rule to 15 lbs/day of VOC (from 10 tons per year). VOC emission limits for metal furniture and flatwood paneling coating operations became more stringent, in some cases. Copies of this rule are available upon request by contacting the Agency contact person listed below or on the DEP website at www.maine.gov/dep/air/regulations/recentlyadopted.htm .
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 16. 2011
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Carolyn Wheeler, Bureau of Air Quality Control, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Me 04333. Telephone: (207) 287-2437. E-mail: Carolyn.Wheeler@Maine.gov .
WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/dep/
DEP RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Terry.Dawson@Maine.gov .



AGENCY: 19-498 – Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Office of Community Development (OCD)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 23, Program Rule for Administering the Communities for Maine’s Future Bond Program (5 MRSA §13056-D)
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2011-119
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule will allow DECD to allocate State Bond Funds in accordance with 5 MRSA §13056-D. It describes the design and method of distribution of funds of the Communities for Maine’s Future Bond Program.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2011
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Michael D. Baran, Director OCD, Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of Community Development, DECD/OCD, State House Station 59, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine 04333-0059. Telephone: (207) 624-9816. E-mail: Mike.Baran@Maine.gov .
WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/
DECD RULE-MAKING LIAISON: George.Gervais@Maine.gov .