One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Legislature

First Regular Session

 

Advance Journal and Calendar


Michael D. Thibodeau
Senate President

 

 

 

 

http://legislature.maine.gov/senate


Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

33rd Legislative Day

 

In Senate Chamber, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

 

Senate called to Order by President Michael D. Thibodeau of Waldo County.

 

Prayer by Reverend Susan Crane, Henderson Baptist Church in Farmington.

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Senator Susan A. Deschambault of York County.

 

Reading of the Journal of Thursday, April 20, 2017.

 

 

Doctor of the day, Brian Pierce, M.D. of Camden.

 

 

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PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE

 

 

Joint Orders

 

Expressions of Legislative Sentiment recognizing:

 

(1-1)  Matthew Cote, of Sidney, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 401, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Matthew built and restored flower pots and constructed a walkway for persons with disabilities at Saint Augustine Catholic Church.  We extend our congratulations to Matthew on this achievement;

HLS 146

 

 

(1-2)  the Town of Lebanon on its sestercentennial.  Settled in 1743 by 60 colonists, the township was incorporated on June 17, 1767.  Early farmers cultivated the chief crop of hay, while the Salmon Falls River and the Little River provided power to the town's 4 sawmills, 3 gristmills, a shingle mill, a wool carding mill and a tannery.  In 1850, Oren B. Cheney founded West Lebanon Academy, and in the early 1870s, the Portland and Rochester Railroad ran the length of the town's southeast side and the Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad crossed on the west side.  Lebanon is the birthplace of state legislator, United States congressman and Maine Attorney General Charles Edgar Littlefield.  We extend to the citizens of Lebanon our congratulations on this anniversary, and we offer them our best wishes;

HLS 252

 

 

(1-3)  Brad Fisher, of China, owner of Vacationland Skydiving, who has received the Elias A. Joseph Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Mr. Fisher our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 253

 

(1-4)  Peg Campbell, of Fairfield, Administrative Assistant with PFBF CPAs, who has received the Customer Service Stardom Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Ms. Campbell our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 254

 

(1-5)  the Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees, in Waterville, which has been named Community Service Project of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to everyone involved with the Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 255

 

(1-6)  Garvan Donegan, of Cape Elizabeth, Senior Economic Development Specialist with Central Maine Growth Council, who has received the Rising Star Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Mr. Donegan our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 256

 


 

(1-7)  Brent Burger, of Oakland, who has received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Mr. Burger our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 257

 

(1-8)  Tina Chapman, of Winslow, who has been named Outstanding Professional by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Ms. Chapman our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 258

 

(1-9)  Michael Roy, of Waterville, who has received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Mr. Roy our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 259

 

(1-10)  Chris Gaunce, of Waterville, owner of Central Maine Auto Group, who has been named the Business Person of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Mr. Gaunce our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 260

 

(1-11)  Eye Care of Maine, in Waterville, which has been named Business of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to everyone at Eye Care of Maine our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 261

 

(1-12)  Conrad Lebourdais, of Topsham, on his 90th Birthday.  We extend to Mr. Lebourdais our congratulations and best wishes;

HLS 262

 

(1-13)  Luke Charette, of Orrington, a Boy Scout who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Luke designed and built a new set of band risers at the Center Drive School in Orrington.  We extend our congratulations to Luke on this achievement;

HLS 263

 

(1-14)  Mary Cady, of Orono, on her retirement as Director of the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League after nearly 3 decades of service.  Ms. Cady also has worked with area high schools and youth summer events, is a Master Certified Official for USA Track & Field and has directed Maine Principals' Association championship meets.  Ms. Cady was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.  We extend to her our appreciation for her work with young athletes in the State and our congratulations on her retirement;

HLS 264

 

 

Come from the House, READ and PASSED.

 

 

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Joint Resolutions

(1-15)  The following Joint Resolution:

H.P. 1032

 

JOINT RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING YOM HASHOAH,
THE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

            WHEREAS, from 1933 to 1945, 6,000,000 Jews were murdered in the Holocaust as part of a state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation program of genocide, and millions of other people suffered as victims of Nazism, such as the handicapped, political dissidents and many others for racial, ethnic or national reasons; and

 

            WHEREAS, the people of the State of Maine should always remember the atrocities committed by the Nazis so that such horrors are never repeated, and the history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies and governments; and

 

            WHEREAS, the people of the State of Maine should always remember those who liberated the Nazi concentration camps, some of whom lost their lives and others of whom have experienced lifelong emotional suffering, as holding an honored place in our history; and

 

            WHEREAS, the people of the State of Maine should continually rededicate themselves to the principle of equal justice for all people, remain eternally vigilant against all tyranny and recognize that bigotry provides a breeding ground for tyranny to flourish; and

 

            WHEREAS, the national community, pursuant to an Act of Congress, will be commemorating the week of April 17, 2017 to April 24, 2017 as the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, including the Day of Remembrance, known as Yom HaShoah, April 24, 2017; and

 

            WHEREAS, it is appropriate for the people of the State of Maine to join in this international commemoration, marking 72 years since the end of World War II and the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camps; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, pause in solemn memory of the victims of the Holocaust and in honor of the survivors, rescuers and liberators; that We urge one and all to recommit themselves to the lessons of the Holocaust through the international week of commemoration; and that We express our common desire to continually strive to overcome prejudice and inhumanity through education, vigilance and resistance; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the people of the State of Maine.

 

Comes from the House, READ and ADOPTED.

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Joint Resolutions in Memoriam:

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature has learned with deep regret of the death of:

 

(1-16)  Leonard Lookner, of Camden.  Mr. Lookner served as Vice Chairman of the Camden Select Board.  Having served on the select board in the 1990s, he was most recently elected in 2012 and reelected in 2015, and over the years he served on various town committees.  He was owner of the Waterfront Restaurant for decades before he retired.  Mr. Lookner will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues;

HLS 265

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature has learned with deep regret of the death of:

 

(1-17)  Robert G. Crockett, of Augusta.  Mr. Crockett served in the United States Air Force, and he worked for the United States Postal Service for 37 years.  Mr. Crockett served for 14 years on the Augusta City Council, was Postmaster and Sergeant at Arms for the Maine State Senate and served as Kennebec County Treasurer.  He was a president of the Augusta South Little League, a past president of the Cony High School Boys Ice Hockey Boosters Program, a member of the Old Fort Western Board of Trustees, a lifetime member of the Kennebec Historical Society and a longtime member of Green Street United Methodist Church of Augusta.  Mr. Crockett will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues;

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WHEREAS, the Legislature has learned with deep regret of the death of:

 

(1-18)  Irene Dysart, of Bangor.  Mrs. Dysart, with her husband David, established Dysart's of Bangor, one of the most well-known and respected family businesses in the Bangor area.  Mrs. Dysart will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends;

HLS 267

 

 

 

 

Come from the House READ and ADOPTED.

 

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

(2-1)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 325

 

STATE OF MAINE
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

April 13, 2017

 

The Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate of Maine

128th Maine State Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333-0003

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

In accordance with 3 M.R.S.A., Section 157, and with Joint Rule 505 of the  Maine Legislature, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development­­­ has had under consideration the nomination of Donna L. Talarico of North Yarmouth, for reappointment to the Maine State Housing Authority.

After public hearing and discussion on this nomination, the Committee proceeded to vote on the motion to recommend to the Senate that this nomination be confirmed.  The Committee Clerk called the roll with the following result:

YEAS       Senators                    1         Bellows of Kennebec 

                  Representatives         8         Fecteau of Biddeford, Austin of Gray, Bates of Westbrook, Handy of Lewiston, Mastraccio of Sanford, Stetkis of Canaan, Sylvester of Portland, Vachon of Scarborough

NAYS                                         0

ABSENT                                    4         Sen. Volk of Cumberland, Sen. Langley of Hancock, Rep. Dunphy of Old Town, Rep. Lockman of Amherst          

Nine members of the Committee having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, it was the vote of the Committee that the nomination of Donna L. Talarico of North Yarmouth, for reappointment to the Maine State Housing Authority be confirmed.

Signed,

S/Amy F. Volk                                                                                             S/Ryan M. Fecteau

Senate Chair                                                                                                 House Chair

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(2-2)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 326

 

 

STATE OF MAINE
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

April 13, 2017

 

The Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate of Maine

128th Maine State Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333-0003

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

In accordance with 3 M.R.S.A., Section 157, and with Joint Rule 505 of the  Maine Legislature, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development­­­ has had under consideration the nomination of Thomas A. Davis of Winslow, for appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority.

After public hearing and discussion on this nomination, the Committee proceeded to vote on the motion to recommend to the Senate that this nomination be confirmed.  The Committee Clerk called the roll with the following result:

YEAS       Senators                    1         Bellows of Kennebec 

                  Representatives         8         Fecteau of Biddeford, Austin of Gray, Bates of Westbrook, Handy of Lewiston, Mastraccio of Sanford, Stetkis of Canaan, Sylvester of Portland, Vachon of Scarborough

NAYS                                         0

ABSENT                                    4         Sen. Volk of Cumberland, Sen. Langley of Hancock, Rep. Dunphy of Old Town, Rep. Lockman of Amherst          

Nine members of the Committee having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, it was the vote of the Committee that the nomination of Thomas A. Davis of Winslow, for appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority be confirmed.

Signed,

S/Amy F. Volk                                                                                             S/Ryan M. Fecteau

Senate Chair                                                                                                 House Chair

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(2-3)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 328

 

 

STATE OF MAINE
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

April 13, 2017

 

The Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate of Maine

128th Maine State Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333-0003

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

In accordance with 3 M.R.S.A., Section 157, and with Joint Rule 505 of the  Maine Legislature, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development­­­ has had under consideration the nomination of Laurence W. Gross of Portland, for appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority.

After public hearing and discussion on this nomination, the Committee proceeded to vote on the motion to recommend to the Senate that this nomination be confirmed.  The Committee Clerk called the roll with the following result:

YEAS       Senators                    1         Bellows of Kennebec 

                  Representatives         8         Fecteau of Biddeford, Austin of Gray, Bates of Westbrook, Handy of Lewiston, Mastraccio of Sanford, Stetkis of Canaan, Sylvester of Portland, Vachon of Scarborough

NAYS                                         0

ABSENT                                    4         Sen. Volk of Cumberland, Sen. Langley of Hancock, Rep. Dunphy of Old Town, Rep. Lockman of Amherst          

Nine members of the Committee having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, it was the vote of the Committee that the nomination of Laurence W. Gross of Portland, for appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority be confirmed.

Signed,

S/Amy F. Volk                                                                                             S/Ryan M. Fecteau

Senate Chair                                                                                                 House Chair

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(2-4)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 327

 

STATE OF MAINE
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

April 13, 2017

 

The Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate of Maine

128th Maine State Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333-0003

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

In accordance with 3 M.R.S.A., Section 157, and with Joint Rule 505 of the  Maine Legislature, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development­­­ has had under consideration the nomination of James I. Whitten of Augusta, for appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority.

After public hearing and discussion on this nomination, the Committee proceeded to vote on the motion to recommend to the Senate that this nomination be confirmed.  The Committee Clerk called the roll with the following result:

YEAS       Senators                    1         Bellows of Kennebec 

                  Representatives         8         Fecteau of Biddeford, Austin of Gray, Bates of Westbrook, Handy of Lewiston, Mastraccio of Sanford, Stetkis of Canaan, Sylvester of Portland, Vachon of Scarborough

NAYS                                         0

ABSENT                                    4         Sen. Volk of Cumberland, Sen. Langley of Hancock, Rep. Dunphy of Old Town, Rep. Lockman of Amherst          

Nine members of the Committee having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, it was the vote of the Committee that the nomination of James I. Whitten of Augusta, for appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority be confirmed.

Signed,

S/Amy F. Volk                                                                                             S/Ryan M. Fecteau

Senate Chair                                                                                                 House Chair

 

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(2-5)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 329

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVENOR

 

April 20, 2017

 

The Honorable Michael Thibodeau
President of the Senate
3 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau:

 

This is to inform you that I am today nominating Adrian P. Kendall of Cumberland for appointment to the Maine Rural Development Authority.

 

Pursuant to Title 5, MRSA §13120-D, this appointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage
Governor

 

 

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(2-6)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 332

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVENOR

 

April 24, 2017

 

The Honorable Michael Thibodeau
President of the Senate
3 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau:

 

This is to inform you that I am today nominating Patricia A. Rice of Veazie for reappointment to the State Liquor and Lottery Commission.

 

Pursuant to Title 5, MRSA §283-A, this reappointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage
Governor

 

 

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(2-7)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 324

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION, AND FORESTRY

 

April 19, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 245                   An Act To Repeal the Affirmative Defense for Cruelty to Animals

 

               L.D. 653                   Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Propose Changes to the Animal Welfare Laws

 

               L.D. 758                   An Act To Provide Free Admission for Permanently Disabled Persons at Maine State Parks

 

               L.D. 760                   An Act To Promote Safety with Respect to Touching Livestock or Other Animals

 

               L.D. 828                   An Act To Require a Veterinarian to be Present at an Agricultural Fair

 

               L.D. 893                   An Act To Improve and Protect Maine Organic Milk Producers

 

               L.D. 982                   An Act To Protect Abused or Neglected Animals

 

               L.D. 1028                 An Act To Improve Soil Quality and Profits for Maine Farms

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Paul T. Davis                                          S/Rep. Michelle Ann Dunphy

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

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(2-8)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 319

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

 

April 14, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 639                   An Act To Require an Interstate Identification Index System Background Check for Certain Crimes

 

               L.D. 640                   An Act To Require an Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment prior to Setting Bail in Domestic Violence Arrests in Which the Alleged Abuser Has Been Taken into Custody

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Kimberley C. Rosen                               S/Rep. Charlotte May Warren

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-9)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 333

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

 

April 24, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 43                     Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Higher Education Attainment and Completion Goals

 

               L.D. 987                   Resolve, To Direct the Department of Education To Form a Study Group To Improve Public Education

 

               L.D. 1074                 An Act To Support Public Charter School Enrollment Options for Certain Students

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Brian D. Langley                                   S/Rep. Tori P. Kornfield

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-10)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 320

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, UTILITIES, AND TECHNOLOGY

 

April 18, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 405                   An Act To Make Changes to the So-called Dig Safe Law

 

               L.D. 802                   An Act To Strengthen the Independence of the Public Advocate

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. David Woodsome                                  S/Rep. Seth A. Berry

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-11)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 330

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 18, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 469                   An Act To Establish a Generally Applicable Regulatory Standard To Address Impacts of Sea Level Change and Increased Storm Surges

 

               L.D. 739                   An Act To Improve Beach-cast Seaweed Management for Health, Ecology and Tourism

 

               L.D. 1081                 An Act To Amend the Municipal Subdivision Laws Regarding the Exemption for Transfers to Owners of Abutting Land

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Thomas B. Saviello                                S/Rep. Ralph L. Tucker

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-12)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 331

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

April 18, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 466                   An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments

 

               L.D. 810                   An Act To Allow Funeral Homes To Own and Operate Crematories

 

               L.D. 811                   An Act Regarding Continuing Education for Persons Engaged in the Practice of Funeral Service

 

               L.D. 872                   An Act To Establish Requirements Related to the Practice of Dry Needling

 

               L.D. 954                   An Act To Make Certain Contraception Available over the Counter

 

               L.D. 1056                 An Act To Protect Homeowners from Workers' Compensation Claims

 

               L.D. 1155                 An Act To Improve the Lives of Working Families

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Amy F. Volk                                          S/Rep. Ryan M. Fecteau

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

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(2-13)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 334

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON MARINE RESOURCES

 

April 24, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 115                   An Act To Protect the Marine Worm Industry

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Joyce A. Maker                                      S/Rep. Walter A. Kumiega

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-14)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 321

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

April 14, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 876                   Resolve, To Increase Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety

 

               L.D. 1141                 An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Paul T. Davis                                          S/Rep. Danny Martin

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-15)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 335

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

April 24, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 830                   An Act To Authorize Portions of the City of Caribou to Secede and Form the Town of Lyndon

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Paul T. Davis                                          S/Rep. Danny Martin

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-16)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 322

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

April 19, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 636                   An Act To Require the Department of Transportation To Use 3rd-party Certified Examiners for Lead Inspections

 

               L.D. 1024                 Resolve, To Direct the Secretary of State To Initiate the Process To Redesign Special Veterans Registration Plates

 

               L.D. 1115                 An Act To Establish a Specialty License Plate for Female Veterans

 

               L.D. 1145                 An Act To Allow the Department of Transportation To Recover Costs Incurred by the Department for Allowing Access to a Controlled Access Highway

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Ronald F. Collins                                   S/Rep. Andrew J. McLean

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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(2-17)  The Following Communication:

S.C. 323

 

STATE OF MAINE

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

 

April 18, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

128th Legislature

State House

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, we are writing to notify you that the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs has voted unanimously to report the following bill(s) out "Ought Not to Pass":

 

               L.D. 961                   An Act To Improve the Cost-efficiency of Funds Disbursed under the Maine Clean Election Act

 

               L.D. 1102                 An Act To Discourage Tenants from Damaging Rental Property

 

This is notification of the Committee’s action.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sen. Garrett P. Mason                                    S/Rep. Louis J. Luchini

Senate Chair                                                      House Chair

 

 

 

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SENATE PAPERS

 

 

(3-1)  Bill "An Act To Improve Animal Control in Maine"

S.P. 533  L.D. 1508

 

Presented by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland.

Cosponsored by Senator: SAVIELLO of Franklin, Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BLACK of Wilton, O'NEIL of Saco.

 

 

 

Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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(3-2)  Bill "An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes of Regional School Unit No. 5" (EMERGENCY)

S.P. 534  L.D. 1528

 

Presented by Senator CARSON of Cumberland.

Cosponsored by Speaker GIDEON of Freeport.

Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 205.

 

 

(3-3)  Bill "An Act To Amend Education Statutes"

S.P. 537  L.D. 1531

 

Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle and Representatives: GINZLER of Bridgton, SAMPSON of Alfred.

Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

 

 

Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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(3-4)  Bill "An Act Regarding Solar Power for Farms and Businesses"

S.P. 529  L.D. 1504

 

Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

Cosponsored by Representative GROHMAN of Biddeford and Senators: DILL of Penobscot, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, FOLEY of Wells, HARVELL of Farmington, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, POULIOT of Augusta, SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

 

Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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(3-5)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Usage and Consumer Protections of Guaranteed Asset Protection Waivers"

S.P. 531  L.D. 1506

 

Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

Cosponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells and Representatives: LAWRENCE of South Berwick, SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

(3-6)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights To License and Regulate Student Loan Servicers"

S.P. 532  L.D. 1507

 

Presented by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc.

Cosponsored by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft and Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, SAVIELLO of Franklin, Representatives: BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland, DEVIN of Newcastle, MADIGAN of Waterville.

 

 

 

Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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(3-7)  Bill "An Act To Protect Consumers during Residential Construction"

S.P. 535  L.D. 1529

 

Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senators: CUSHING of Penobscot, CYRWAY of Kennebec, WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representative: MASON of Lisbon.

 

 

(3-8)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Unemployment Compensation"

S.P. 536  L.D. 1530

 

Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senator: VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, STETKIS of Canaan, VACHON of Scarborough.

Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

 

 

Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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(3-9)  Bill "An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Pesticides"

S.P. 530  L.D. 1505

 

Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis.  (GOVERNOR'S BILL)

 

 

Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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ORDERS

 

Joint Orders

 

Expressions of Legislative Sentiment recognizing:

 

(4-1)  Clarence "Buster" Nutting, of Strong, who received the District Award of Merit, the highest award a local scouting district can bestow upon a scouter, at the Kennebec Valley District Annual Scout Leader Recognition Dinner.  We extend to Mr. Nutting our congratulations and best wishes;

SLS 204

Sponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

Cosponsored by Representative: BLACK of Wilton.

 

 

 

(4-2)  Matt McDevitt, of Cumberland, a senior at Greely High School and a player on the boys basketball team, who has been named the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year.  We extend to Matt our congratulations and best wishes;

SLS 206

Sponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.

Cosponsored by Representative: DENNO of Cumberland.

 

 

 

(4-3)  Ferris Boardman, of York Beach, who is retiring as a full-time employee after 37 years of service with the York Beach Fire Department.  Mr. Boardman is one of the original 2 employees that started the 2-man paid firefighter system.  He has been active in providing firefighter training and emergency medical service training.  We extend to Mr. Boardman our appreciation for his service and our congratulations on his retirement;

SLS 207

Sponsored by Senator HILL of York.

Cosponsored by Representative: BLUME of York.

 

 

 

(4-4)  Robin Robbins, of Lewiston, who has received the New Beginnings Service Award for her more than 20 years of dedicated service to New Beginnings and countless volunteer hours helping to care for homeless youth.  Over that time, she has served as a New Beginnings board member, board president, advisor and committee volunteer.  We extend to Mrs. Robbins our congratulations and best wishes;

SLS 208

Sponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin.

Cosponsored by Senator: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, BROOKS of Lewiston, FULLER of Lewiston, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston, MELARAGNO of Auburn, SHEATS of Auburn.

 

 


 

(4-5)  Michael Seitzinger, of Augusta, a director and former president of the Kennebec Valley YMCA, who has been named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by Le Club Calumet.  We extend to Mr. Seitzinger our congratulations and best wishes;

SLS 209

Sponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, DOORE of Augusta, POULIOT of Augusta.

 

 

 

(4-6)  Joshua Guillemette, of Waterboro, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 320, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Joshua created a pro-life memorial at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Sanford.  We extend our congratulations to Joshua on this achievement;

SLS 210

Sponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York.

Cosponsored by Representative: PRESCOTT of Waterboro.

 

 

 

(4-7)  Justin Dion, of Waterboro, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 320, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Justin led a community service project at the local garden involving over 200 volunteer hours.  We extend our congratulations to Justin on this achievement;

SLS 211

Sponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York.

Cosponsored by Representative: PRESCOTT of Waterboro.

 

 

 

(4-8)  Jared Dion, of Waterboro, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 320, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Jared refurbished a replica meeting house and a gazebo for the Waterboro Historical Society.  We extend our congratulations to Jared on this achievement;

SLS 212

Sponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York.

Cosponsored by Representative: PRESCOTT of Waterboro.

 

 

 

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Joint Resolution

 

Joint Resolution in Memoriam:

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature has learned with deep regret of the death of:

 

(4-9)  Philip Harris Walters, Jr., of Farmington, a veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Walters enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in the 15th Army Air Force, Fifth Bomb Wing, 301st Bomb Group, 352nd and 353rd Squadrons.  He received the Selective Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Air Medal.  He was also presented with the Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal.  He worked as a pilot for the Jay Woodlands Department of the International Paper Company for over 27 years.  Mr. Walters will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

SLS 205

 

 

Sponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, HARVELL of Farmington.

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

 

House

 

Ought to Pass As Amended

 

 

(5-1)  The Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES on Bill "An Act To Create a Penalty for the Discharge of Septic Waste from Watercraft into the Inland Waters"

H.P. 263  L.D. 357

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-59).

 

 

Comes from the House with the Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-59).

 

 

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(5-2)  The Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES on Bill "An Act To Standardize the Law Concerning Property Transfers and To Protect Water Quality"

H.P. 401  L.D. 559

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-60).

 

 

Comes from the House with the Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-60).

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

 

(5-3)  The Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE on Bill "An Act To Revoke the Hunting License of a Person Charged with Defacing Property Posting Signs"

H.P. 399  L.D. 557

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-55).

 

 

Comes from the House with the Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-55).

 

 

_________________________________

 

(5-4)  The Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT on Bill "An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise"

H.P. 384  L.D. 540

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-28).

 

 

Comes from the House with the Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-28).

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

 


 

(5-5)  The Committee on TRANSPORTATION on Bill "An Act To Authorize the Construction of a Maine Turnpike Connector to Gorham"

H.P. 633  L.D. 905

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-61).

 

 

Comes from the House with the Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-61).

 

 

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Divided Report

 

 

(5-6)  The Majority of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Provide $500,000 of Matching Funds over 4 Years through Appropriations and Allocations To Preserve Rural Heritage and Living History Pertaining to Science and Technology in Penobscot and York Counties"

H.P. 530  L.D. 750

 

Reported that the same Ought Not to Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Senators:

            LANGLEY of Hancock
            MAKER of Washington
            MILLETT of Cumberland

Representatives:

            DAUGHTRY of Brunswick
            FARNSWORTH of Portland
            FULLER of Lewiston
            GINZLER of Bridgton
            McCREA of Fort Fairfield
            PIERCE of Falmouth
            STEWART of Presque Isle
            TURNER of Burlington

The Minority of the same Committee on the same subject reported that the same Ought To Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-40).

 

Signed:

 

Representative:

            SAMPSON of Alfred

 

 

Comes from the House with the Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

Divided Report

 

 

(5-7)  The Majority of the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE on Bill "An Act To Require a Game Warden's Certificate To Kill Wild Animals Causing Damage to Crops or Orchards and Notification to Nearby Residents"

H.P. 209  L.D. 276

 

Reported that the same Ought Not to Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Senators:

            CYRWAY of Kennebec
            WOODSOME of York

Representatives:

            DUCHESNE of Hudson
            HARLOW of Portland
            MASON of Lisbon
            NADEAU of Winslow
            REED of Carmel
            STEARNS of Guilford
            THERIAULT of China
            WOOD of Greene

The Minority of the same Committee on the same subject reported that the same Ought To Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Representatives:

            ALLEY of Beals
            LYFORD of Eddington

 

 

Comes from the House with the Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

Divided Report

 

 

(5-8)  The Majority of the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act To Allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Who Have Attained Certain Degrees To Use the Title of Doctor"

H.P. 382  L.D. 538

 

Reported that the same Ought Not to Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Senators:

            VOLK of Cumberland
            LANGLEY of Hancock

Representatives:

            AUSTIN of Gray
            BATES of Westbrook
            LOCKMAN of Amherst
            MASTRACCIO of Sanford
            STETKIS of Canaan
            VACHON of Scarborough

The Minority of the same Committee on the same subject reported that the same Ought To Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-50).

 

Signed:

 

Senator:

            BELLOWS of Kennebec

Representatives:

            FECTEAU of Biddeford
            HANDY of Lewiston
            SYLVESTER of Portland

 

 

Comes from the House with the Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

Divided Report

 

 

(5-9)  The Majority of the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES on Bill "An Act To Improve Productivity in Authorized Municipal Shellfish Conservation Areas with Predation Protection Measures in Place"

H.P. 276  L.D. 370

 

Reported that the same Ought Not to Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Senators:

            MAKER of Washington
            BRAKEY of Androscoggin

Representatives:

            ALLEY of Beals
            BATTLE of South Portland
            HAGGAN of Hampden
            HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor
            SIMMONS of Waldoboro
            SUTTON of Warren
            TUELL of East Machias

The Minority of the same Committee on the same subject reported that the same Ought To Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-47).

 

Signed:

 

Senator:

            VITELLI of Sagadahoc

Representatives:

            KUMIEGA of Deer Isle
            BLUME of York
            DEVIN of Newcastle

 

 

Comes from the House with the Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

Divided Report

 

 

(5-10)  The Majority of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT on Bill "An Act To Establish Maine Buy Local Month"

H.P. 293  L.D. 402

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-31).

 

Signed:

 

Senator:

            DESCHAMBAULT of York

Representatives:

            MARTIN of Sinclair
            BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland
            BRYANT of Windham
            HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach
            MADIGAN of Rumford
            SPEAR of South Thomaston

The Minority of the same Committee on the same subject reported that the same Ought Not To Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Senators:

            DAVIS of Piscataquis
            KEIM of Oxford

Representatives:

            HARRINGTON of Sanford
            ORDWAY of Standish
            PICKETT of Dixfield

 

 

Comes from the House with the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-31).

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

Senate

 

Ought to Pass

 

 

(5-11)  Senator DAVIS for the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY on Bill "An Act To Modify the Definition of 'General Use Pesticide'"

S.P. 209  L.D. 594

 

 

Reported that the same Ought to Pass.

_________________________________

 

 

Divided Report

 

 

(5-12)  The Majority of the Committee on JUDICIARY on Bill "An Act To Increase Consumer Protection for Time-share Owners"

S.P. 114  L.D. 348

 

Reported that the same Ought Not to Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Senators:

            KEIM of Oxford
            HILL of York
            WHITTEMORE of Somerset

Representatives:

            MOONEN of Portland
            BABBIDGE of Kennebunk
            BRADSTREET of Vassalboro
            CARDONE of Bangor
            GUERIN of Glenburn
            JOHANSEN of Monticello
            McCREIGHT of Harpswell
            RECKITT of South Portland
            SHERMAN of Hodgdon

The Minority of the same Committee on the same subject reported that the same Ought To Pass.

 

Signed:

 

Representative:

            BAILEY of Saco

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SECOND READERS

 

The Committee on Bills in the Second Reading reported the following:

 

House

 

 

(6-1)  Bill "An Act To Amend Maine's Fish and Wildlife Licensing Laws"

H.P. 394  L.D. 552

 

 

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House As Amended

 

 

(6-2)  Bill "An Act To Reimburse Nursing Homes for the Loss of Coinsurance and Deductibles for Skilled Nursing Beds under Rules Adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services"

H.P. 21  L.D. 20
(C "A" H-39)

 

 

(6-3)  Bill "An Act To Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags"

H.P. 44  L.D. 57
(C "A" H-18)

 

 

(6-4)  Bill "An Act To Improve Enforcement of Snowmobile Noise Levels"

H.P. 346  L.D. 483
(C "A" H-48)

 

 

(6-5)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Resiliency of the Maine Electrical Grid"

H.P. 373  L.D. 529
(C "A" H-45)

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

Senate

 

 

(6-6)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Domestic Violence and Setting Preconviction Bail"

S.P. 172  L.D. 511

 

 

(6-7)  Bill "An Act To Repeal the Laws Governing Truck Camper Registration"

S.P. 273  L.D. 827

 

 

(6-8)  Bill "An Act To Allow Stepparents To Sign the Application for a Driver's License for a Minor"

S.P. 332  L.D. 1025

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

Senate As Amended

 

 

(6-9)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sex Offender Registry"

S.P. 57  L.D. 138
(C "A" S-37)

 

 

(6-10)  Bill "An Act To Carry Out the Will of the People of the State of Maine by Ensuring the Issuance of Bonds To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors" (EMERGENCY)

S.P. 278  L.D. 832
(C "A" S-33)

 

 

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ENACTORS

 

 

The Committee on Engrossed Bills reported as truly and strictly engrossed the following:

 

Emergency Resolve

 

(7-1)  Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 5:  Maine Disaster Recovery Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency

H.P. 409  L.D. 569

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

Emergency Mandate

 

(7-2)  An Act To Allow Campgrounds To Operate Beano or Bingo

S.P. 148  L.D. 446
(C "A" S-21)

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

Acts

 

 

(7-3)  An Act To Require National Banks To Cooperate in the Administration of the General Assistance Program

S.P. 85  L.D. 239
(C "A" S-24)

 

 

(7-4)  An Act To Increase Voter Knowledge of Bond Issues

H.P. 232  L.D. 299
(C "A" H-27)

 

 

(7-5)  An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Prior Employees of the Workers' Compensation Board

S.P. 101  L.D. 313
(C "A" S-23)

 

 

(7-6)  An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Laws Governing Child Support

H.P. 270  L.D. 364

 


 

(7-7)  An Act To Waive Background Checks for the Parent of a Child Who Is the Subject of an Adoption Proceeding

H.P. 271  L.D. 365

 

 

(7-8)  An Act To Prohibit Taxpayer-funded Campaign Expenditures from Being Used on Post-election Parties

S.P. 135  L.D. 408
(C "A" S-20)

 

 

(7-9)  An Act To Except from the Freedom of Access Act Certain Information in the Possession of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System

S.P. 137  L.D. 410

 

 

(7-10)  An Act To Ensure Direct Dialing of 911 from Multiline Telephone Systems

S.P. 271  L.D. 825

 

 

 

 

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

Unfinished Business

 

The following matters in the consideration of which the Senate was engaged at the time of Adjournment have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by Senate Rule 516.

 

 

 

1.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

JOINT ORDER - Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Sybil Riemensnider, of South Portland

SLS 127

 

Tabled - March 21, 2017, by Senator MASON of Androscoggin

 

Pending - PASSAGE

 

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

2.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

JOINT ORDER - Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Greater Portland Transit District METRO

SLS 129

 

Tabled - March 21, 2017, by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland

 

Pending - PASSAGE

 

 

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

3.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

An Act To Require State Compliance with Federal REAL ID Guidelines

S.P. 92  L.D. 306
(C "A" S-17)

 

 

Tabled - April 13, 2017, by Senator MASON of Androscoggin

 

Pending - ENACTMENT

 

 

(In House, PASSED TO BE ENACTED.)

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

4.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

Bill "An Act To Remove Barriers to Workforce Development in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and To Increase the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Certain Counselors"

H.P. 955  L.D. 1376

 

Tabled - April 19, 2017, by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock

 

Pending - FURTHER CONSIDERATION

 

(Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested and ordered printed.)

 

 

(In Senate, April 13, 2017, REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in NON-CONCURRENCE.)

 

(In House, House INSISTED on its former action whereby the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.)

 

 

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5.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

HOUSE REPORTS - from the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Improve Requirements for Reporting to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices"

H.P. 507  L.D. 716

 

 

 

Majority - Ought Not to Pass (7 members)

 

Minority - Ought to Pass (6 members)

 

Tabled - April 19, 2017, by Senator MASON of Androscoggin

 

Pending - motion by same Senator to ACCEPT the Minority OUGHT TO PASS Report in NON-CONCURRENCE

 

 

(In House, Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.)

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

6.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

HOUSE REPORTS - from the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act Regarding Advertisements by Maine Clean Election Act Candidates"

H.P. 571  L.D. 791

 

 

 

Majority - Ought Not to Pass (7 members)

 

Minority - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-30) (6 members)

 

Tabled - April 19, 2017, by Senator MASON of Androscoggin

 

Pending - motion by same Senator to ACCEPT the Minority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report in NON-CONCURRENCE

 

 

(In House, Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.)

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7.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

SENATE REPORTS - from the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE on Bill "An Act To Require Permits for Wildlife in Captivity and Notification of the Escape of Exotic Wildlife in Captivity"

S.P. 91  L.D. 305

 

 

 

Majority - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-30) (7 members)

 

Minority - Ought Not to Pass (4 members)

 

Tabled - April 19, 2017, by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec

 

Pending - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT

 

 

 

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8.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

SENATE REPORTS - from the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY on Bill "An Act Regarding Refusing To Submit to Arrest or Detention"

H.P. 184  L.D. 251

 

 

 

Majority - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-24) (9 members)

 

Minority - Ought Not to Pass (4 members)

 

Tabled - April 19, 2017, by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook

 

Pending - motion by Senator ROSEN of Hancock to ACCEPT the Minority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report (Roll Call Requested)

 

 

(In House, Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-24).)

 

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9.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

HOUSE REPORTS - from the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers" (EMERGENCY)

H.P. 370  L.D. 526

 

Report "A" - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-41) (7 members)

 

Report "B" - Ought Not to Pass (4 members)

 

Report "C" - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-42) (2 members)

 

Tabled - April 20, 2017, by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock

 

Pending - motion by same Senator to ACCEPT Report "C" OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (H-42) in NON-CONCURRENCE

 

 

(In House, Report "A", OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-41), READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-41).)

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10.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

SENATE REPORTS - from the Committee on TRANSPORTATION on Bill "An Act Making Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government  and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017" (EMERGENCY)

S.P. 341  L.D. 1034

 

 

Majority - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-34) (8 members)

 

Minority - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (S-35) (5 members)

 

Tabled - April 20, 2017, by Senator MASON of Androscoggin

 

Pending - motion by Senator COLLINS of York to ACCEPT the Minority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (S-35) Report

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11.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

Bill "An Act To Continue the Doctors for Maine's Future Scholarship Program"

S.P. 164  L.D. 503
(C "A" S-31)

 

 

Tabled - April 20, 2017, by Senator KATZ of Kennebec

 

Pending - PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-31)

 

 

 

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12.

 

Tabled and Later Assigned

 

Bill "An Act To Strengthen Enforcement of Support Orders"

H.P. 1026  L.D. 1493

 

Tabled - April 20, 2017, by Senator ROSEN of Hancock

 

Pending - REFERENCE

 

 

(In House, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY and ordered printed.)

 

 

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SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE

 


L.D. 85 - S.P. 34 (C "A" S-11)
L.D. 130 - S.P. 49 (C "A" S-9)
L.D. 267 - H.P. 200 (C "A" H-21)
L.D. 423 - H.P. 303 (C "A" H-17; H "A" H-19)


 

 

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