October 18, 2017

WEEKLY NOTICES OF STATE RULEMAKING
Public Input for Proposed and Adopted Rules

Notices are published each Wednesday to alert the public regarding state agency rulemaking. 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 rulemaking if the petition is signed by 150 or more registered voters, and may begin rulemaking 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 rulemaking liaisons, who are single points of contact for each agency.


PROPOSALS


AGENCY: 16-633 – Department of Public Safety (DPS), Gambling Control Board
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 28 (New), Advanced Deposit Wagering
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P091 (2nd publication)
BRIEF SUMMARY (BASIS STATEMENT): This rule is to comply with state law and establishes the procedures for licensing an advance deposit wagering company, licensee responsibilities, production of player accounts, inspections and reporting.
PUBLIC HEARING: none
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: November 17, 2017
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT / BOARD RULEMAKING LIAISON: Milton Champion, Executive Director, Gambling Control Board, 45 Commerce Drive - Suite 3, Augusta, ME 04333-0087. Telephone: (207) 626-3901. Email: Milton.F.Champion@Maine.gov .
FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: None
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 8 MRS    1003(1)(B), (1)(L), (2)(U); 1071-1072
SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED: N/A
AGENCY WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/dps/GambBoard/ .


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of MaineCare Services (OMS)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual (MBM): Ch. III Section 21, Allowances for Home and Community Benefits for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (Major substantive rule)
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P142 (UPDATE to the notice published October 11, 2017)
The PUBLIC HEARING is now scheduled for November 1, 2017 - 9:00 a.m., Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330. (Note: this was originally scheduled for November 2, but due to scheduling issues with the facility has been changed to November 1.)


AGENCY: 19-498 - Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Office of Community Development (OCD)
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 46, Proposed Statement for Administering the 2018 Maine Community Development Block Grant Program
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P149
CONCISE SUMMARY: This proposed rule will allow DECD to allocate the federal funds in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. It describes the design and method of distribution of funds of the Maine Community Development Block Grant Program.
PUBLIC HEARING: November 9, 2017 - 11:00 a.m., Burton Cross Office Building - 3rd Floor, 111 Sewell Street, Augusta, Maine 04330
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: November 20, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Deborah Johnson, Director, OCD, Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development, 111 Sewall Street, 59 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0059. Telephone: (207) 624-9817. Email: Deborah.Johnson@Maine.gov .
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRS  13058 sub- 3
OCD WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/ .
DECD RULEMAKING LIAISON: Douglas.Ray@Maine.gov .


AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 308, Standards of Conduct for Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Affiliated Generators
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P150
BRIEF SUMMARY: The Public Utilities Commission initiates a proceeding to adopt rules and standards of conduct to implement recently enacted legislation that permits a transmission and distribution utility to have a generation affiliate subject to statutory restrictions and Commission-adopted standards of conduct.
PUBLIC HEARING: November 8, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., Public Utilities Commission, 101 Second Street, Hallowell, Maine
COMMENT DEADLINE: November 21, 2017. Written comments on the proposed rule may be filed in the above captioned Docket using the Commission's case management system no later than November 21, 2017. However, the Commission requests that comments be filed by November 3, 2017, to allow for follow-up inquiries during the hearing; supplemental comments may be filed after the hearing. All comments will appear in the Commission's case management system (http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml). When submitting comments, commenters should refer to Docket No. 2017-00262.
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT INFORMATION: Mitchell Tannenbaum, Public Utilities Commission, 18 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333. Telephone: (207) 287-3831. Maine Relay 711. Email: Mitchell.Tannenbaum@Maine.gov .
FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): 
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 35-A MRS    104, 111, 3204
SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):
PUC WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/mpuc .
PUC RULEMAKING LIAISON: Jamie.A.Waterbury@Maine.gov .


AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 322, Metering, Billing, Collections, and Enrollment Interactions among Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Competitive Electricity Providers
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P151
BRIEF SUMMARY: The Public Utilities Commission initiates a rulemaking to amend Ch. 322 of the Commission's rules regarding metering, billing, collections, and enrollment Interactions among Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Competitive Service Providers. The Commission proposes amending the portions of Ch. 322 that concerns customer deposits.
PUBLIC HEARING: November 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Public Utilities Commission, 101 Second Street, Hallowell, Maine
COMMENT DEADLINE: November 24, 2017. Written comments on the proposed rule may be filed in the above captioned Docket using the Commission's case management system no later than November 24, 2017. All comments will appear in the Commission's case management system (http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml). When submitting comments, commenters should refer to Docket No. 2017-00253.
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT INFORMATION: Jordan McColman, PUC, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: (207) 287-3831. Maine Relay 711. Email: Jordan.D.McColman@Maine.gov .
FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 35-A MRS    104, 111, 1301, 3202(1) & (2), 3203(9), (14) & (16-A)
SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):
PUC WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/mpuc .
PUC RULEMAKING LIAISON: Jamie.A.Waterbury@Maine.gov .


AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 660, Consumer Protection Standards for Water Utilities
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P152
BRIEF SUMMARY: The Public Utilities Commission initiates a rulemaking to amend Ch. 660 of the Commission's rules regarding consumer protection standards for water utilities. The Commission proposes amending the portion of Ch. 660 that concerns disconnection notification requirements for residential premises that are leased or rented.
PUBLIC HEARING: November 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Public Utilities Commission, 101 Second Street, Hallowell, Maine
COMMENT DEADLINE: November 24, 2017. Written comments on the proposed rule may be filed in the above captioned Docket using the Commission's case management system no later than Friday, November 24, 2017. All comments will appear in the Commission's case management system (http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml). When submitting comments, commenters should refer to Docket No. 2017-00252.
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT INFORMATION: Jody McColman, PUC, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: (207) 287-3831. Maine Relay 711. Email: Jordan.D.McColman@Maine.gov .
FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: No fiscal impact
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 35-A MRS    104, 111, 704, 1308
SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):
PUC WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/mpuc .
PUC RULEMAKING LIAISON: Jamie.A.Waterbury@Maine.gov .


AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 815, Consumer Protection Standards for Electric and Gas Transmission and Distribution Utilities
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P153
BRIEF SUMMARY: The Public Utilities Commission initiates a rulemaking to amend Ch. 815 of the Commission's rules regarding consumer protection standards for Electric and Gas Utilities. The Commission proposes amending the portion of Ch. 815 that concerns customer deposits and adding a provision the rule regarding notification requirements for residential premises that are leased or rented.
PUBLIC HEARING: November 8, 2017 at 9:30, Public Utilities Commission, 101 Second Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347
COMMENT DEADLINE: November 24, 2017. Written comments on the proposed rule may be filed in the above captioned Docket using the Commission's case management system no later than Friday, November 24, 2017. All comments will appear in the Commission's case management system (http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml). When submitting comments, commenters should refer to Docket No. 2017-00254.
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT INFORMATION: Jody McColman, PUC, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: (207) 287-3831. Maine Relay 711. Email: Jordan.D.McColman@Maine.gov .
FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 35-A MRS    104, 111, 704, 1308; Resolves 2011, ch. 32, ch. 38, ch. 128
SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):
PUC WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/mpuc .
PUC RULEMAKING LIAISON: Jamie.A.Waterbury@Maine.gov .


ADOPTIONS: none this week