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First Regular Session of the 119th


     Sec. B-1. 10 MRSA §8001, sub-§38, ¶C, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 397, §11, is repealed.

     Sec. B-2. 10 MRSA §8003, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1997, c. 210, §§1 and 2, is further amended to read:

     2. Office of Licensing and Registration. There is created an Office of Licensing and Registration, referred to in this subsection as "the office," which constitutes an office within the department, to provide assistance to the commissioner and to direct the boards and, commissions and regulatory functions within the office, as set forth in section 8001, subsection 38, in complaint procedure and investigation, disciplinary actions and enforcement, examinations and licensing and to perform those other duties as the commissioner may designate. The commissioner may appoint a Director of Licensing and Registration and those clerical and technical assistants as that are necessary to discharge the duties of the office and shall outline their duties and fix their compensation, subject to the Civil Service Law. The office has the following powers, duties and functions:

     Sec. B-3. 10 MRSA §8003, sub-§4, as amended by PL 1995, c. 502, Pt. H, §10, is further amended to read:

     4. Licensing periods; renewal dates. In order that licenses may be processed and issued in a reasonably uniform manner over a fiscal year, the The commissioner may establish expiration or renewal dates and establish whether licenses are issued annually or biennially for all licenses authorized to be issued by bureaus, offices, boards and commissions within the department, notwithstanding any other provisions of law. If an expiration or renewal date established by the commissioner has the effect of shortening the term of a license currently in effect, the bureau, office, board or commission, or the department in the case of a license that it issues directly, shall credit the fee paid, on a prorated basis, for the unexpired term of the current license toward the renewal fee of the renewal license. If a license is not renewed on the new expiration or renewal date established by the commissioner, the license remains in effect through its original term, unless suspended or revoked sooner under laws or regulations of the respective bureau, office, board or commission. Should a licensee seek to renew the license at the end of the original term, the law or regulations established by the respective bureau, office, board or commission for late renewals or reregistrations apply. For the purpose of implementing and administering biennial licensing, the commissioner may permit bureaus, offices, boards and commissions within the department to issue licenses and establish renewal fees for less than a 2-year term. This section may not change the term or fee for one-time licenses, except as specifically stated.

     Sec. B-4. 10 MRSA §8003, sub-§5, ¶C, as amended by PL 1997, c. 210, §3, is further amended to read:

     Sec. B-5. 10 MRSA §8003, sub-§5, ¶E, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 680, Pt. A, §1, is amended to read:

The jurisdiction to suspend occupational and professional licenses conferred by this subsection is concurrent with that of the Administrative Court. Civil penalties must be paid to the Treasurer of State.

Any nonconsensual disciplinary action taken under authority of this subsection may be imposed only after a hearing conforming to the requirements of Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter IV, and is subject to judicial review exclusively in the Administrative Court in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter VII, substituting the term "Administrative Court" for "Superior Court," notwithstanding any other provision of law.

     Sec. B-6. 10 MRSA §8003-B, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 173, is amended to read:

     1. During investigation. All Unless otherwise provided by Title 24, chapter 21, all complaints and investigative records of the licensing boards and commissions within or affiliated with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation shall be are confidential during the pendency of an investigation. Those records shall become public records upon the conclusion of an investigation unless confidentiality is required by some other provision of law. For purposes of this section, an investigation is concluded when:

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