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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
SECOND REGULAR SESSION


 

37th Legislative Day

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Reverend Kenneth I. Lewis, Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Portland.

 

            National Anthem by Amy Peet, Norway.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Kenneth Christian, M.D., Holden.

 

            Reading of the Journal of yesterday.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation of a Minor"

(S.P. 732)  (L.D. 1904)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-446) AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT "C" (H-755) thereto AND SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-454) in the House on April 12, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having ADHERED to its former action whereby the Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-454) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Replace the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit with the Student Loan Repayment Credit for Maine Residents"

(H.P. 1057)  (L.D. 1537)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-710) AND HOUSE AMENDMENT "A" (H-721) in the House on April 5, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-710) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-478) thereto AND HOUSE AMENDMENT "A" (H-721) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-3)  Resolve, To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Computer Science Education Task Force

(H.P. 1296)  (L.D. 1861)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-757) in the House on April 12, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-757) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-475) thereto in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 509)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

April 17, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1435, "An Act to Ensure Transparency in the Distribution of Federal Block Grant Funds."

 

The Executive Branch is committed to providing all federal block grant information that may be requested by the Legislature, and fully supports transparency regarding the distribution of federal funds. However, legislatively mandating burdensome reporting requirements, as well as allowing committees to circumvent the legislative process to reverse distributions or micromanage block grant funds for special interests, limits the necessary flexibility intended by Congress to accompany federal block grant funds. The responsibility of administering and allocating federal resources should remain an Executive Branch responsibility.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1435 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Ensure Transparency in the Distribution of Federal Block Grant Funds

(H.P. 990)  (L.D. 1435)
(C. "A" H-701)

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 510)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

April 17, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1897, "An Act To Reinstate Certain Other Special Revenue Funds Allocations For the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services."

 

Unlike some states, Maine does not employ public defenders.  Instead, the court appoints private attorneys for individuals below certain income thresholds in some circumstances, thus fulfilling its obligation to provide legal counsel to these individuals. Appointed attorneys electronically submit bills to the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (the "Commission") and the Commission then pays those attorneys. Nearly any attorney can fill out an application and begin getting paid $60 an hour by the State. The Commission also pays for the cost of investigators and professional witnesses.

 

This structure, unlike a public defender program, can provide little oversight of appointed attorneys and cannot adequately control expenditures year over year.  As a result, cost overruns in the program have required numerous supplemental budget allocations since the Commission's inception.  In 2011, the Commission's budget was $11 million.  In just seven years, that figure has doubled to more than $22 million. The situation is unsustainable. 

 

The failure to improve our system for the provision of indigent legal services represents an abdication of responsibility on the part of the Legislature. Simply making available additional funding for this program will not provide better oversight or better quality of representation, nor will it control costs. Instead, the Legislature should establish public defenders' offices to put indigent Mainers on an even playing field with Maine's District Attorneys and to provide better oversight, uniform quality of representation and cost controls to the provision of legal services for the indigent.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1897 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item An Act To Reinstate Certain Other Special Revenue Funds Allocations for the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

(H.P. 1330)  (L.D. 1897)

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 511)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

April 17, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Pursuant to my authority under 5 MRSA, Part 30, Ch. 621, §24001, (3) (F), I have appointed Kathleen Perkins of Augusta to the Maine Children's Growth Council effective immediately.

 

Please contact my office if you have any questions regarding this appointment.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-6)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 506)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised that pursuant to his authority, Governor Paul R. LePage has nominated the following:

 

On April 13, 2018

 

Matthew G. Tice, Esq. of Scarborough for appointment as a Judge to the Maine District Court.

Pursuant to Article V, Part First, §8, of the Maine Constitution, this appointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 507)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation has approved the requests for "Leave to Withdraw" by the following sponsors:

 

Senator Breen of Cumberland

L.D. 672         An Act To Clarify a Municipality's Authority To Adopt and Enforce Land Use Regulations for Marijuana Facilities

 

Senator Jackson of Aroostook

L.D. 1499       An Act To Better Regulate Marijuana

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

 

 

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            (2-8)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 995)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 13, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

In accordance with 3 MRSA §158 and Joint Rule 506 of the 128th Maine Legislature, please be advised that the Senate today confirmed the following nominations:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Judiciary,

 

·        Stephen D. Nelson, Esq. of Houlton for appointment as a District Court Judge;

 

·        Lea-Anne Sutton, Esq. of Gorham for appointment as a District Court Judge.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 996)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 13, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

In accordance with 3 MRSA §158 and Joint Rule 506 of the 128th Maine Legislature, please be advised that the Senate today confirmed the following nominations:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs,

 

·        Anne R. Devine of Portland for appointment to the Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees;

 

·        Brandon St. Germain of Ellsworth for appointment to the Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees;

 

·        Jaylee E. Rice of St. Albans for appointment to the State Board of Education;

 

·        Dr. Fernande Desjardins of St. Agatha for appointment to the State Board of Education.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-10)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 997)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 13, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it referred Bill "An Act To Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities" (I.B. 3) (L.D. 1864) to the Committee on Taxation in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Improve Access to Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness"

(H.P. 1350)  (L.D. 1911)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.  (GOVERNOR'S BILL)

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland, the following Joint Resolution:  (H.P. 1348) (Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, AUSTIN of Skowhegan, BAILEY of Saco, BATES of Westbrook, BROOKS of Lewiston, BRYANT of Windham, CASÁS of Rockport, COLLINGS of Portland, DENNO of Cumberland, DEVIN of Newcastle, DOORE of Augusta, FAY of Raymond, FECTEAU of Biddeford, GERRISH of Lebanon, Speaker GIDEON of Freeport, GOLDEN of Lewiston, GRANT of Gardiner, HANDY of Lewiston, HERBIG of Belfast, HICKMAN of Winthrop, HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach, JORGENSEN of Portland, KORNFIELD of Bangor, KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MADIGAN of Waterville, MARTIN of Sinclair, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, NADEAU of Winslow, O'NEIL of Saco, PARKER of South Berwick, PERRY of Calais, PIERCE of Falmouth, RECKITT of South Portland, RYKERSON of Kittery, SCHNECK of Bangor, SHEATS of Auburn, STANLEY of Medway, STEARNS of Guilford, TEPLER of Topsham, TERRY of Gorham, TIPPING of Orono, TUCKER of Brunswick, ZEIGLER of Montville, Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CARPENTER of Aroostook, CARSON of Cumberland, CHENETTE of York, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, DESCHAMBAULT of York, DIAMOND of Cumberland, DILL of Penobscot, DION of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin, MILLETT of Cumberland, MIRAMANT of Knox, VITELLI of Sagadahoc)

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD IN APRIL 2018

 

            WHEREAS, the Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world's largest early childhood education association; and

 

            WHEREAS, its Maine affiliate, the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, has over 325 members, including teachers, leaders and parents of young children; and

 

            WHEREAS, the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs; and

 

            WHEREAS, the future of Maine depends on the quality of life we provide to Maine's young children today; and

 

            WHEREAS, as parents, teachers, lawmakers and community leaders, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that special care and attention is given to young children to enable them to grow and mature into loving, capable, considerate and productive adults; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Legislature now assembled in the Second Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to recognize April 16-20, 2018 as the Week of the Young Child and to recognize and encourage efforts that foster the education and well-being of Maine's young children; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children.

 

 

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            (4-2)  On motion of Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock, the following Joint Resolution:  (H.P. 1349) (Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, GRIGNON of Athens, HARVELL of Farmington, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, SKOLFIELD of Weld, STETKIS of Canaan, STROM of Pittsfield, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION, RECOGNIZING THE SKOWHEGAN STATE FAIR ON ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

 

            WHEREAS, the Skowhegan State Fair is the nation's oldest consecutively running agricultural fair; and

 

            WHEREAS, the fair was first organized in late 1818 by the Somerset Central Agricultural Society, with the first fair being held in January 1819; and

 

            WHEREAS, one of the expressed purposes of the fair was to improve the breeding of livestock, with particular emphasis being placed upon the betterment of breeds of horses and cattle, an objective that has been continuously maintained by succeeding fair management; and

 

            WHEREAS, the fair was officially designated the Skowhegan State Fair in 1942; and

 

            WHEREAS, the present fairgrounds were acquired in 1856 and over the years the original boundaries were extended from time to time as additional acreage became available, with the latest expansion occurring in 2005; and

 

            WHEREAS, the fair annually draws thousands of patrons from all over the United States and Canada; and

 

            WHEREAS, exhibitors at the fair come from more than 100 towns and cities in Maine as well as from many other states, and over the years many popular performers have appeared on the fair's stage; and

 

            WHEREAS, the fair has been kept alive and active by successive generations of dedicated men and women in the area; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Legislature now assembled in the Second Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Skowhegan State Fair and to recognize the devotion of its organizers in keeping the fair open for many generations; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the organizers of the Skowhegan State Fair.

 

 

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            (4-3)  On motion of Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner, the following Joint Order:  (H.P. 1351)

 

            ORDERED, the Senate concurring, that Bill, "Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Examine Agricultural Issues," S.P. 646, L.D. 1747, and all its accompanying papers, be recalled from the Governor's desk to the House.

 

 

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            (4-4)  On motion of Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham, the following Joint Order:  (H.P. 1352)

 

            ORDERED, the Senate concurring, that Bill, "An Act To Authorize the Public Utilities Commission To Determine the Amount of the E-9-1-1 Surcharge," S.P. 615, L.D. 1671, and all its accompanying papers, be recalled from the legislative files to the House.

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519 and Joint Rule 213, the following items:

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  the Medomak Valley High School Cheerleading Squad, of Waldoboro, which won the Class B South Championship.  Members of the squad include Ashley Kenniston, Samantha Pelkey, Anna Wadsworth, Megan Wright, Mariah Grindle, Cassandra Smeltzer, Leah Wilcox, Cheyanne Greene, Grace Kurr, Katie Ryan, Michaela Staples and Ashley Winchenbach; assistant coach Rachel Coor; and head coach Heather Simmons.  We extend to all the members of the squad our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 825)

 

 

            (5-2)  the Down East Family YMCA, of Ellsworth, which has received the Top Drawer Award from the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, the chamber's highest honor, which is given to a business, organization or individual that has made a substantial contribution to the growth, development and improvement of the city, county or State.  We extend to everyone at the Down East Family YMCA our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 826)

 

 

            (5-3)  Kayla White, of Farmington, a senior at Mt. Blue High School, who is a recipient of a 2018 Principal's Award for outstanding academic achievement and citizenship, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association.  We extend to Kayla our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 827)

 

 

            (5-4)  Kyle Rochelle, of Rangeley, who is a recipient of a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award for dependability, leadership, service and patriotism.  We extend to Kyle our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 828)

 

 

            (5-5)  Sarah Reynolds and Roger Bolduc, of Farmington, who have received the Lifesaver Award from the American Red Cross for saving the life of a colleague.  We extend to Ms. Reynolds and Mr. Bolduc our appreciation for their efforts and our congratulations on their receiving this recognition;

 

(SLS 829)

 

 

            (5-6)  Page Brown, of Boothbay, a student at Boothbay Region High School and a member of the girls basketball team, who has recently scored her 1,000th varsity career point.  We extend to Page our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 830)

 

 

            (5-7)  MacKenzie Holmes, of Gorham, a student at Gorham High School and a member of the girls basketball team, who recently scored her 1,000th career point.  We extend to MacKenzie our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 831)

 

 

            (5-8)  Mia Purcell, of Bryant Pond, Manager of Economic Development at Community Concepts Finance Corporation, who has won the Employee of the Year Award from the River Valley Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 833)

 

 

            (5-9)  Rick and Jamie Breau, of Rumford, owners of Mountain Valley Variety, who have won the Business Person of the Year Award from the River Valley Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to them our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 834)

 

 

            (5-10)  Joe Sirois and Anne Wood, both of Rumford, who have won the Volunteer of the Year Award from the River Valley Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to them our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 835)

 

 

            (5-11)  Caitlin Atkinson, of Marshfield, a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Maine Veterans' Home in Machias, who has been named the Nursing Assistant of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.  We extend to Ms. Atkinson our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 836)

 

 

            (5-12)  the George Stevens Academy Boys Basketball Team, of Blue Hill, which won its third-straight Class C North Championship.  Members of the team include players Andrew Szwez, Austin Snow, Ben Cole, Caden Mattson, Eric Mote, Isaac Wardwell, Maxwell Mattson, Percy Zentz, Reece Dannenberg, Stefan Simmons, Tanner Ashley and Taylor Schildroth.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 837)

 

 

            (5-13)  the Ellsworth High School Theatre of the Mad Jesters drama team, of Ellsworth, which won the Class B State Championship in the One-Act category at the Maine Drama Festival.  We congratulate all the members of the team and send them our best wishes;

 

(SLS 838)

 

 

            (5-14)  Thor Gabrielsen, of Rockport, a student at Camden Rockport Middle School, who placed first overall in the 2018 Mathcounts State Competition.  We congratulate Thor on this achievement and send him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 1157)

Presented by Representative CASÁS of Rockport.

Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

 

            (5-15)  A.J. Noyes, of Falmouth, a student at Falmouth High School and a member of the boys Alpine ski team, who won the Class A State Slalom Championship.  We extend to A.J. our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1158)

Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Representative SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

            (5-16)  Ethan Livingood, of Falmouth, a student at Falmouth High School and a member of the boys Nordic ski team, who won the Class A State Freestyle Championship.  We extend to Ethan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1159)

Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Representative SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

            (5-17)  Theo Hembre, of Falmouth, a senior at Falmouth High School, who has received the Travis Roy Award, which is given to the top Class A senior boys hockey player in the State.  We extend to Theo our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1160)

Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Representative SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

            (5-18)  Robin Haley, of Falmouth, coach of the Falmouth High School Field Hockey Team, who recently achieved her 200th career coaching victory.  We extend to Ms. Haley our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1161)

Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Representative SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

            (5-19)  Deron Barton, of Portland, coach of the Falmouth High School Boys Hockey Team, who recently achieved his 100th career coaching victory.  We extend to Mr. Barton our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1162)

Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland, Representative HARLOW of Portland, Senator DION of Cumberland, Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland, Representative MOONEN of Portland, Representative SYLVESTER of Portland, Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland, Representative JORGENSEN of Portland, Representative COLLINGS of Portland, Representative SANBORN of Portland.

 

 

            (5-20)  Jensen Bissell, of Milo, who recently retired as Director of Baxter State Park.  Mr. Bissell began his career in 1987 as the Resource Manager of the Scientific Forest Management Area, and in 2005 he was appointed director.  We extend to Mr. Bissell our appreciation for his 30 years of service to the people of the State and offer him our best wishes on his retirement;

 

(HLS 1163)

Presented by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

 

            (5-21)  Norman D. McKenney, of Baldwin, who is celebrating his 90th Birthday on April 13, 2018.  We extend to Mr. McKenney our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1165)

Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples.

Cosponsored by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland.

 

 

            (5-22)  Mark Hatch, of Sidney, Principal of Messalonskee Middle School, who has been named the 2018 Maine Principals' Association Principal of the Year.  We extend to Mr. Hatch our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1166)

Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative PERKINS of Oakland.

 

 

            (5-23)  Gabby Low, of Winthrop, a member of the Cony High School girls swim team, who was named the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel Girls Swimmer of the Year.  We extend to Gabby our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1167)

Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec, Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop.

 

 

            (5-24)  Nathan Berry, of Augusta, a member of the Cony High School boys swim team, who was named the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel Boys Swimmer of the Year.  We extend to Nathan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1168)

Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, Representative DOORE of Augusta.

 

 

            (5-25)  Kolleen Bouchard, of Houlton, a senior at Houlton High School, who is a recipient of a 2018 Principal's Award for outstanding academic achievement and citizenship, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association.  We extend to Kolleen our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1169)

Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon.

Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-26)  Kolleen Bouchard, of Houlton, a senior at Houlton High School and a player on the girls basketball team, who was named the Owen O. Osborne Most Valuable Player of the Class C North tournament.  This is the fourth straight year Kolleen has received this honor.  We extend to her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1170)

Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon.

Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-27)  Michael LaPlante, of Farmingdale, Assistant Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, and the members of the Farmingdale Fire Department, who are recipients of a 2018 Workplace Safety Real Heroes Award from the American Red Cross of Maine, Central and Mid Coast Chapter.  The department's timely installation in a home of smoke alarms left over from the Home Fire Campaign helped to save the lives of the residents when that home later caught fire and was destroyed.  We extend to them our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 1172)

Presented by Representative GRANT of Gardiner.

Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-28)  Susan Mitchell, of Sidney.  Ms. Mitchell was born in Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School and received a degree in paralegal studies from Beal College.  Her wide and varied career began with working for the law firm of Doyle & Nelson, after which she became a lobbyist, an active participant in the state and national political process and a veteran campaign worker, including supporting Terry Sanford's campaign for President.  Ms. Mitchell also served as political director for MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, and for the past several years she was external affairs coordinator for Maine Maritime Academy.  She was a well-known figure at the Maine State House.  Ms. Mitchell will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family, friends and all those whose lives she touched;

 

(SLS 715)

 

 

            (5-29)  Aubrey "Skip" Vaughn Carter, of Machias.  Mr. Carter was a 20-year veteran of the United States Army.  He worked as an Army recruiter and later as a Veterans Counselor for 27 years.  Mr. Carter served on the Machias Board of Selectmen for many years, holding the office of Chairman.  He was a member of the American Legion and, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, the United Bikers of Maine.  Mr. Carter will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(SLS 832)

 

 

            (5-30)  Helen Sloane Dudman, of Ellsworth, a former Washington Post editor who held executive positions with the newspaper's broadcasting division and the Public Broadcasting Service and who drew widespread attention to her journalist husband's 40-day captivity in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.  While he was being held, Mrs. Dudman used her contacts among the press corps and politicians and in diplomatic circles to bring attention to the case, and Mr. Dudman later credited his wife with securing his release.  Mrs. Dudman was publicity director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1965.  After working for The Washington Post and for the company's broadcasting division, she was a vice president for PBS.  She became director of public relations for Post-Newsweek stations, and later she ran the Dudman Communications Corporation, a radio broadcasting company based in Ellsworth.  Mrs. Dudman was honored as the 1991 Maine Broadcaster of the Year.  She helped implement reforms to Maine's workers' compensation program, chaired the State's Judicial Responsibility and Disability Committee and was a board member of the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company and the State's electrical utility provider.  She spearheaded a tree-planting campaign in downtown Ellsworth, and she and her husband are credited with leading two separate campaigns to build and later improve the former Dr. Charles C. Knowlton School's first playground.  Mrs. Dudman will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends and all those whose lives she touched;

 

(SLS 839)

 

 

            (5-31)  Curtis R. Prime, of Augusta.  In 1975, Mr. Prime purchased the family dairy farm and was a dairy farmer for the next 21 years.  He was a past president of the Maine and New England Brown Swiss Associations and served as a director of the National Brown Swiss Association.  He was the chair of the 1980 National Brown Swiss Convention and twice served as the chair of the National Brown Swiss Sale.  He was a past president of the Maine Livestock Exhibitors Association and a vice-president of the Northeast Livestock Expo.  He also was a member of the Windsor Fair since 1968, where he was a trustee for 19 years and the livestock superintendent since 1985.  In 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Agricultural Hall of Fame and, in 2011, received the Maine Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award.  Mr. Prime will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Linda, and by his family and friends;

 

(SLS 840)

 

 

            (5-32)  the Honorable Richard W. Redmond, of Augusta.  Mr. Redmond served four years in the United States Navy, including one year of service on the world-famous USS Missouri.  An athlete, he fought in the 1948 Golden Gloves Tournament, winning the welterweight title, and was a professional fighter for two years.  In 2000, he published Maine Boxing Record Book, 1922-2000.  Mr. Redmond became a teacher and coach at the high school and college levels before joining the State's Department of Education in 1964.  He served as Deputy Commissioner for the department for several years and was appointed Commissioner by Governor Joseph Brennan in 1986.  Mr. Redmond will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of over 64 years, Evelyn, and by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 1164)

Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, Representative DOORE of Augusta.

 

 

            (5-33)  Julius R. "Dewey" Stetkis, of Canaan.  Mr. Stetkis was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, having served from 1963 to 1965.  He worked as a supervisor in the shoe industry, from 1969 to 1978 working for Jones and Vining Lasts Company in Massachusetts, and from 1978 until his retirement in 2010 working at Dexter Shoe in Maine.  He was a member of the Eagles Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Mr. Stetkis will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn, by his family and friends and by all those whose lives he touched;

 

(HLS 1171)

Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis, Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-457) on Bill "An Act To Reorganize the Provision of Services for Children with Disabilities from Birth to 5 Years of Age"

(S.P. 713)  (L.D. 1870)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock
                                    MAKER of Washington
                                    MILLETT of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    KORNFIELD of Bangor
                                    DAUGHTRY of Brunswick
                                    FARNSWORTH of Portland
                                    FULLER of Lewiston
                                    McCREA of Fort Fairfield
                                    PIERCE of Falmouth
                                    SAMPSON of Alfred

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (S-458) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    GINZLER of Bridgton
                                    STEWART of Presque Isle
                                    TURNER of Burlington

            Comes from the Senate 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" (S-457) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-479) thereto.

 

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519, the following items appeared on the Consent Calendar for the First Day:

 

            (7-1)  (S.P. 611)  (L.D. 1654) Bill "An Act To Protect Economic Competitiveness in Maine by Extending the End Date for Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-472)

 

            (7-2)  (H.P. 1124)  (L.D. 1629) Bill "An Act To Protect the Elderly from Tax Lien Foreclosures"  Committee on TAXATION reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-771)

 

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ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group To Improve the Provision of Indigent Legal Services Concerning the Membership of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

(H.P. 1259)  (L.D. 1817)
(C. "A" H-756)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House 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 House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         Bill "An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals Who Are Not Physicians To Perform Abortions"

(H.P. 1217)  (L.D. 1763)

 

(Committee on JUDICIARY suggested)

TABLED - January 3, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Bill "An Act To Require the Provision of Photographic Identification by Voters"

(H.P. 1283)  (L.D. 1846)

 

(Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested)

TABLED - February 27, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Bill "An Act To Create the Office of the Public Defender and Amend the Duties of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services"

(H.P. 1292)  (L.D. 1854)

 

(Committee on JUDICIARY suggested)

TABLED - March 6, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Bill "An Act To Align State-funded Benefits with Federal Eligibility Standards"

(H.P. 1306)  (L.D. 1873)

 

(Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested)

TABLED - March 22, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HYMANSON of York.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Bill "An Act To Prohibit Mandatory Membership in a Union or Payment of Agency Fees as a Condition of Employment"

(H.P. 1312)  (L.D. 1880)

 

(Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested)

TABLED - March 27, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (8) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-682) - Minority (4) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on TRANSPORTATION on Bill "An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Infrastructure"

(H.P. 812)  (L.D. 1149)

 

TABLED - March 27, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative McLEAN of Gorham.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         Bill "An Act To Streamline the Management of Maine's Transportation Infrastructure by Initiating the Process of Terminating the Maine Turnpike Authority"

(H.P. 1322)  (L.D. 1890)

 

(Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested)

TABLED - March 28, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-689) - Committee on JUDICIARY on Bill "An Act To Enhance Safety for Victims of Sexual Assault and Stalking and To Amend the Laws Governing Harassment and Protection from Abuse"

(H.P. 1235)  (L.D. 1788)

 

TABLED - March 28, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF COMMITTEE REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         Bill "An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents by Requiring the Use of a Federal Immigration Verification System"

(H.P. 1326)  (L.D. 1893)

 

(Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested)

TABLED - March 29, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       Bill "An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming"

(H.P. 838)  (L.D. 1201)

 

- In House, Minority (6) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-697) on April 2, 2018.

- In Senate, Majority (7) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS READ and ACCEPTED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - April 9, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

11.       Bill "An Act To Allow Minors To Work in a Family Business without Obtaining a Work Permit"

(H.P. 1341)  (L.D. 1905)

 

(Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested)

TABLED - April 10, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

12.       Joint Order, Directing the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation To Report Out Legislation

(H.P. 1340)

 

TABLED - April 10, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

13.       Bill "An Act To Allow Adults To Purchase Tobacco Products"

(H.P. 1344)  (L.D. 1906)

 

(Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested)

TABLED - April 12, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

14.       Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Oak Hill High School drama club Little Theatre in the Woods

(HLS 1134)

 

TABLED - April 12, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative ACKLEY of Monmouth.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

15.       HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (12) Ought Not to Pass - Minority (1) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-742) - Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act To Create Fairness in Maine's Unemployment Insurance System by Increasing the Amount Paid in Unemployment Tax by Certain Employers"

(H.P. 1319)  (L.D. 1887)

 

TABLED - April 12, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

16.       An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2018-19 (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1297)  (L.D. 1862)
(C. "A" H-712)

 

TABLED - April 12, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.

 

 

 

 

 

17.       HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (9) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-751) - Minority (4) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Provide Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Operations of State Government" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 586)  (L.D. 837)

 

TABLED - April 13, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

18.       HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-752) - Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT on Bill "An Act To Increase the Annual Salary of the Governor and To Increase the Per Diem Meal and Housing Allowances Paid to Legislators"

(H.P. 1310)  (L.D. 1878)

 

TABLED - April 13, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF COMMITTEE REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

19.       An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Heating Assistance Organizations

(H.P. 1207)  (L.D. 1755)
(C. "A" H-679)

 

TABLED - April 17, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - RECONSIDERATION (Returned by the Governor without his approval).

 

 

 

 

 

20.       HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-764) - Minority (6) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Remove the Age Penalty for State Retirees Working at State Correctional Institutions That Are Closing"

(H.P. 133)  (L.D. 177)

 

TABLED - April 17, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

21.       HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-768) - Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY on Bill "An Act To Create the Maine Energy Office"

(H.P. 193)  (L.D. 260)

 

TABLED - April 17, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF COMMITTEE REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

22.       An Act To Strengthen Requirements for Water Testing for Schools (MANDATE)

(S.P. 20)  (L.D. 40)
(S. "A" S-429 to C. "A" S-406)

 

- In House, FAILED OF PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED on April 11, 2018.

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENACTED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - April 17, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

PENDING - Motion of Speaker GIDEON of Freeport to RECEDE and CONCUR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPECIAL STUDY TABLE

 

1.         Joint Order, To Establish the Task Force on Maine's 21st Century Economy and Workforce

(S.P. 725)

 

- In Senate, READ and PASSED.

TABLED - April 2, 2018 by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

(Pursuant to Joint Rule 353)

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE April 18, 2018

 

State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 1

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 998)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 13, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 383, "Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Develop a Plan to Strengthen the Quality and Supply of Child Care Services."

 

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to engage in duplicative and unnecessary activities.  The State currently runs a voluntary quality rating program for child care providers that can be used to attract customers, rendering additional State-funded financial incentives unnecessary.  In addition, at this time there is no indication that the amount of federal funding allocated to Maine under the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will increase. A law directing action based on funding that may or may not become available is unwise. 

 

Furthermore, were an increase in funding under CCDBG to occur, the Department would conduct an analysis of needs and uses for this increased funding across the entire child care system in the State, and use that analysis to develop a plan for use of the additional funding to improve access to quality child care throughout the system.  Extremely specific legislative carve-outs of block grant funding limits flexibility and is contrary to the intent of federal block grant funds. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 383 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Plan To Strengthen the Quality and Supply of Child Care Services

(S.P. 124)  (L.D. 383)
(C. "A" S-408)

 

            In Senate, April 17, 2018, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            33 voted in favor and 2 against, and 33 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 999)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 13, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing L.D. 669, "An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers."

 

The Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) was established by the Maine legislature in 2007, and launched early Spring 2008. CSSP is financed by employer contributions as part of their unemployment tax. The CSSP fund serves a very diversified population of job seekers that includes secondary and post-secondary students, immigrants, people on public assistance, people with disabilities, the underemployed, and veterans.  Additionally, it identifies the workforce need of Maine employers through use of the high wage in demand list, and connects businesses with workers through the CSSP and on-the-job-training when coupled with the Maine Apprenticeship Program.

 

The Department of Labor currently partners with trade associations, education and training providers like the Maine Community College System, adult education, employers and others to directly connect work and learn opportunities, develop customized employer driven training, and focus on industries with significant demand. It is imperative the CSSP program continue to be accessible to the populations it was created to serve.  The fact that CSSP allows, in fact demands, that resources outside of CSSP be leveraged, speaks to the number of people who can be served by this program. The CSSP has the simple aim of providing the most training, in the shortest amount of time, for the least cost.

 

LD 669 requires the Maine Community College System to become involved in administering the program, which overcomplicates an already efficient process.  Not every CSSP trainee's degree or certificate is even granted by the MCCS, so it seems inappropriate to assign one educator administrative oversight. Mandating involvement of the MCCS only increases administrative costs and bureaucracy, something I cannot support. Furthermore, LD 669 is unclear about the role MCCS would play in administering the program, placing trainees in a potential situation where the Department creates a training plan and the MCCS overrides it. Trainees have enough to juggle without these unnecessary administrative headaches. 

 


 

The Department of Labor has already increased the efficiency of our CSSP program with outstanding results of improved outcomes, higher wages and more people with credentials. Additional reforms the Department has implemented without the need for legislation include moving Career Centers into community college locations and working more closely with MCCS staff to streamline communication, cross-promote available resources and programs, and develop industry-driven training to achieve the goal of MCCS students obtaining the critical skills our employers desperately need. Similar work has been done with Adult Education, the University System and private training providers. LD 669 would actually disrupt this progress and place the CSSP program on hold while new regulations were negotiated with the MCCS to define the new roles.  Maine's current workforce situation cannot afford such needless delay.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 669 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers

(S.P. 231)  (L.D. 669)
(C. "A" S-399)

 

            In Senate, April 17, 2018, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            34 voted in favor and 1 against, and 34 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1000)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 13, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, ME

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 958, "An Act To Enact the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act." 

 

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEPP) at Maine CDC currently runs a registry for volunteers who are able to help in a Public Health Emergency.  Since shortly after September 11, 2001, the existing system has been funded through federal grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security emergency preparedness funds.  During emergencies, PHEPP works with Maine Emergency Management Agency to verify and certify volunteers who can be deployed during the emergency. 

 

Maine has a Good Samaritan statute already, and we have a system in place to ensure volunteers are able to assist in an emergency. This bill is not necessary and actually does not require the State to take any new action. It just puts more laws on the books. It is a solution in search of a problem – a problem that does not exist.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 958 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-6)  The accompanying item An Act To Enact the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act

(S.P. 314)  (L.D. 958)
(C. "A" S-401)

 

            In Senate, April 17, 2018, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            35 voted in favor and 0 against, and 35 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1001)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-8)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 13, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1267, "An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals."  

 

There is no question that certain personal information about licensees and applicants for licensure submitted to, and held by, medical licensing boards must, by law, remain confidential and shielded from public view. The Maine Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) sets forth the procedure that must be used by state agencies in responding to Freedom of Access inquiries.  Moreover, the statutes of medical licensing boards affected by this bill clearly differentiate between licensee information that is public and information that is private and confidential.    

 

This bill, however, would place an unreasonable burden on medical licensing boards by adding several layers of process to the procedure for responding to Freedom of Access Act requests.  These additional requirements will significantly increase litigation and slow the release of public information. Specifically, the boards to which this bill would apply would be required to notify licensees who are subjects of a FOAA inquiry and then allow the licensee time to review redacted information. If the licensee objects to the release of the information, the bill allows a licensee time to file for injunctive relief in court to prevent the information from being released by the board. The board would be required to pay for additional legal services to defend it in court. Only if the board prevails in court could the requested information be released. There is no justification for adding layers of bureaucracy and state expense to an already complex and highly ineffective statute.

 

The Public Access Ombudsman position created by the Legislature in the Attorney General's Office is the appropriate resource for medical licensing boards to consult if there are questions about whether specific information should be redacted or released. Furthermore, there is nothing in current law that prevents licensees from requesting the publicly available information on themselves so that they can be aware of what would be released if such a request were made. This bill is simply unnecessary.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1267 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-8)  The accompanying item An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals

(S.P. 430)  (L.D. 1267)
(C. "A" S-424)

 

            In Senate, April 17, 2018, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            35 voted in favor and 0 against, and 35 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

_________________________________

 

 

 


 

            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1003)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-10)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 13, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine
State House
Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1840, "An Act To Revise the Municipal Consolidation Referendum Process."

 

Current law empowers residents of a municipality concerned about redundancies and inefficiencies in their local government to request, by petition, the formation of a joint charter commission to consider and make recommendations for the consolidation of two or more municipalities.  Public hearings on those recommendations allow voters to inform themselves and consider whether to proceed with consolidation.  If voters elect not to proceed, residents must generally wait three years to reconsider the issue.

 

LD 1840 limits the ability of local residents to determine the course of their towns' futures by placing higher barriers in front of residents who wish to give due consideration to the potential consolidation of municipalities.

 

First, after submission of a petition, LD 1840 requires a preliminary vote that may scuttle the entire process before any investigation or report on the outcome of consolidation is issued.  At that point the electorate has little, if any, information with which to inform itself prior to rendering a decision.  A vote in the negative denies the opportunity for such information to be gathered. 

 

Second, unless a very large number of voters agree, if the particular proposal put forth by a joint charter commission fails, LD 1840 increases from three years to six years the waiting period before voters can request formation of another joint charter commission to put forth an alternative proposal.  This period of time is too long and inhibits local control. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1840 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage
Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

_________________________________

 


 

 

            (2-10)  The accompanying item An Act To Revise the Municipal Consolidation Referendum Process

(S.P. 692)  (L.D. 1840)
(C. "A" S-418)

 

            In Senate, April 17, 2018, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            35 voted in favor and 0 against, and 35 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 3

 

COMMUNICATIONS

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 512)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the following Joint Standing Committee has voted unanimously to report the following bill out "Ought Not to Pass:"

 

Education and Cultural Affairs

L.D. 1898       An Act To Amend Maine's High School Diploma Standards and Ensure Maine Students Meet State Standards upon Graduation

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of House

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 4

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Improve Efficiency through Electric Rate Design and Advanced Technology"

(S.P. 726)  (L.D. 1896)

 

            Majority (7) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY READ and ACCEPTED in the House on April 17, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Reports were READ and the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

_________________________________

 

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Encourage the Construction of Affordable Housing"

(S.P. 507)  (L.D. 1461)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (S-471) in the House on April 17, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-470) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 5

 

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519, the following item appeared on the Consent Calendar for the First Day:

 

            (7-1)  (H.P. 487)  (L.D. 696) Bill "An Act Regarding Insurance and Financial Services"  Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-772)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 6

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Reestablish the Office of Advocacy within the Department of Health and Human Services"

(H.P. 1164)  (L.D. 1676)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-769) in the House on April 17, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (H-770) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 7

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 742)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that, in accordance with emergency authority granted under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 2, the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature is extended for up to 5 legislative days.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

 

State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 8

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Save Lives and Support People with Substance Use Disorder in Washington County (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 257)  (L.D. 812)
(C. "A" S-444)

 

- In House, FINALLY PASSED on April 11, 2018.

- In Senate, FINALLY PASSED on April 12, 2018, in concurrence.

- RECALLED from the Governor's Desk pursuant to Joint Order, S.P. 736.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-444) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-481) thereto in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 9

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  An Act To Create The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital Registration Plate

(S.P. 621)  (L.D. 1685)
(C. "A" S-348)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENACTED in the House on February 13, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-348) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-482) thereto in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 10

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1002)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 13, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine
State House
Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1838, "An Act To Include in the Crime of Harassment by Telephone or by Electronic Communication Device the Distribution of Certain Photographic Images and Videos."

 

First, section 2911 of Title 17 already prohibits the dissemination of obscene material to minors, making such conduct a Class C crime.  LD 1838 is therefore redundant as it regards to protecting minors.

 

Further, LD 1838's attempt to differentiate between conduct by adults and minors is flawed in that it sets a rolling age for criminal liability.  A person is either an adult or they are not.  This bill does not set definitive age boundaries.

 

Finally, LD 1838 would criminalize mutually consensual sharing of obscene materials where a recipient of those materials has a mental disability, regardless of the severity of that disability.  Other statutes for the protection of people with mental disabilities specify that protection applies where the mental disability is severe enough that it, in fact, renders such individuals substantially incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct or of understanding their ability to deny or withdraw consent. 

 

This bill presumes a person with a mental disability of any degree is incapable of giving consent and thereby denies those individuals the dignity of choice.  It is discriminatory.  While many people might find the conduct distasteful, an adult couple should not be made into criminals for texting one another intimate pictures in their mutual, private relationship simply because they have mild intellectual disabilities.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1838 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage
Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

_________________________________

 

 

            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Include in the Crime of Harassment by Telephone or by Electronic Communication Device the Distribution of Certain Photographic Images and Videos

(S.P. 690)  (L.D. 1838)
(C. "A" S-419)

 

            In Senate, April 18, 2018, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            27 voted in favor and 8 against, and 27 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 11

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy"

(H.P. 640)  (L.D. 912)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-745) in the House on April 12, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "C" (H-747) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 12

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services

(S.P. 713)  (L.D. 1870)
(S. "A" S-479 to C. "A" S-457)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

_________________________________

 

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-2)  An Act To Create and Sustain Jobs through Development of Cooperatives and Employee-owned Businesses

(H.P. 932)  (L.D. 1338)
(C. "A" H-767)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.

 

_________________________________

 

 

Resolves

 

            (10-3)  Resolve, To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Computer Science Education Task Force and To Update and Implement the Department of Education's Statewide Strategic Plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

(H.P. 1296)  (L.D. 1861)
(S. "A" S-475 to C. "A" H-757)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

 

State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 13

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 514)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation has approved the request for "Leave to Withdraw" by the following sponsor:

 

Senator Brakey of Androscoggin

L.D. 310         An Act To Responsibly Implement an Adult Use Cannabis Program

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 14

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Increase Transparency in the Direct Initiative Process

(H.P. 1301)  (L.D. 1865)
(C. "A" H-714)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.

 

_________________________________

 

 


 

 

State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 15

 

ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville, the following House Order:  (H.O. 66)

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Betty A. Austin of Skowhegan be excused April 12 and 13 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians be excused April 11, 13 and 17 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard M. Cebra of Naples be excused April 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Stacey K. Guerin of Glenburn be excused April 10, 11, 12 and 13 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Matthew Dana II of the Passamaquoddy Tribe be excused March 27, 28, and 29 and April 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 17 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Catherine M. Nadeau of Winslow be excused April 11 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Nathan J. Wadsworth of Hiram be excused March 6 for health reasons.

 

 

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 16

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Repeal Proficiency-based Diplomas"

(H.P. 1338)  (L.D. 1900)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MAKER of Washington
                                    MILLETT of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    KORNFIELD of Bangor
                                    DAUGHTRY of Brunswick
                                    FARNSWORTH of Portland
                                    FULLER of Lewiston
                                    GINZLER of Bridgton
                                    McCREA of Fort Fairfield
                                    PIERCE of Falmouth
                                    SAMPSON of Alfred
                                    STEWART of Presque Isle
                                    TURNER of Burlington

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-775) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 17

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1019)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Senate Paper 339, Legislative Document 1032, "An Act To Ensure Protection of Patients," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

21 voted in favor and 14 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

 


 

            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1020)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it Finally Passed "RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District" (H.P. 32) (L.D. 31) in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

_________________________________

 

 

 


 

            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1021)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

In accordance with 3 MRSA §158 and Joint Rule 506 of the 128th Maine Legislature, please be advised that the Senate today confirmed the following nominations:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs,

 

·        Nicki Fowlie of Appleton for appointment to the Maine Community College System, Board of Trustees;

 

·        Frederick C. Dey of Portland for appointment to the Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees;

 

·        Trevor J. Hustus of Hollis for appointment to the University of Maine System, Board of Trustees;

 

·        Dr. David M. MacMahon of Poland for appointment to the University of Maine System, Board of Trustees.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1022)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

In accordance with 3 MRSA §158 and Joint Rule 506 of the 128th Maine Legislature, please be advised that the Senate today confirmed the following nomination:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, Larissa Darcy of Brunswick for appointment to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 19

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-777) on Bill "An Act To Ensure the Successful Implementation of Proficiency-based Diplomas by Extending the Timeline for Phasing in Their Implementation"

(H.P. 1152)  (L.D. 1666)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    MILLETT of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    KORNFIELD of Bangor
                                    DAUGHTRY of Brunswick
                                    FARNSWORTH of Portland
                                    FULLER of Lewiston
                                    McCREA of Fort Fairfield
                                    PIERCE of Falmouth
                                    SAMPSON of Alfred
                                    STEWART of Presque Isle
                                    TURNER of Burlington

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-778) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock
                                    MAKER of Washington

            Representative:
                                    GINZLER of Bridgton

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 20

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Seven Members of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS report in Report "A" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-779) on Bill "An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Task Force To Identify Special Education Cost Drivers and Innovative Approaches to Services"

(H.P. 1339)  (L.D. 1902)

 

 

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    MILLETT of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    KORNFIELD of Bangor
                                    DAUGHTRY of Brunswick
                                    FARNSWORTH of Portland
                                    FULLER of Lewiston
                                    McCREA of Fort Fairfield
                                    PIERCE of Falmouth

            Four Members of the same Committee report in Report "B" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-780) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

 

            Representatives:
                                    GINZLER of Bridgton
                                    SAMPSON of Alfred
                                    STEWART of Presque Isle
                                    TURNER of Burlington

            Two Members of the same Committee report in Report "C" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "C" (H-781) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock
                                    MAKER of Washington

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 23

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-473) on Bill "An Act To Revise Laws Regarding Unemployment That Were Amended or Affected by Recently Enacted Legislation" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 657)  (L.D. 1770)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    BELLOWS of Kennebec

            Representatives:
                                    FECTEAU of Biddeford
                                    BATES of Westbrook
                                    DOORE of Augusta
                                    HANDY of Lewiston
                                    MASTRACCIO of Sanford
                                    SYLVESTER of Portland

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (S-474) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    VOLK of Cumberland
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock

            Representatives:
                                    AUSTIN of Gray
                                    LOCKMAN of Amherst
                                    STETKIS of Canaan
                                    VACHON of Scarborough

            Comes from the Senate 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" (S-473) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-485) thereto.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 24

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1018)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

April 18, 2018

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1747, "Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Examine Agricultural Issues."

 

This resolve is an emergency measure directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to convene a task force to study agricultural issues in the State, including the recommendations presented in the 2003 "Blaine House Conference on Maine's Natural Resource-based Industry: Charting a New Course" report.

 

The creation of a task force to study an issue does not rise to the level of an Emergency Measure. As I reject this loose definition of what constitutes an emergency, I cannot support this resolve being classified as such.

Maine does not need another task force to study a problem for which there is an existing study already completed.  This matter would seem to be a topic that either the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry or, if it wishes, a sub-committee could update using the 2003 report as a starting point and by requesting additional input from stakeholder groups.

 

This resolve will also place a heavy burden on the natural resources departments in terms of staff time, which comes at a cost to the departments. Passing a resolve without allocating resources means that those funds for staff time and materials will need to come from the departments' budgets. Since departments having finite resources, each diversion of funds will necessarily come at the expense of some other essential functions or duties. While each individual task force or study group may not by itself divert significant funds from a department, the cumulative effect of all the studies, resolves and task forces does.  

 

Government cannot use money that it has not first taken from citizens and businesses in the form of taxes and fees. For Mainers to prosper, we need to lower the burden that state government places upon them. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1747 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Examine Agricultural Issues (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 646)  (L.D. 1747)
(H. "A" H-690 to C. "A" S-388)

 

            In Senate, April 18, 2018, this Resolve, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Resolve become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            32 voted in favor and 3 against, and 32 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Resolve become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 25

 

ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative BAILEY of Saco, the following House Resolution:  (H.R. 1)

 

HOUSE RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION REGARDING THE EROSION AT CAMP ELLIS CAUSED BY THE FEDERAL NAVIGATION PROJECT JETTY

 

            WHEREAS, Camp Ellis is located in Saco, about 16 miles south of Portland; the beach is situated on the southern portion of the Saco Bay shoreline near the mouth of the Saco River; and

 

            WHEREAS, at the entrance to the river, the Saco River Federal Navigation Project consists of an 8-foot-deep, 200-foot-wide channel that is protected by a 6,600-foot-long jetty to the north and by a 4,800-foot-long jetty to the south, and the north jetty separates the river from Camp Ellis Beach, which extends about 2,500 feet north to Ferry Beach; and

 

            WHEREAS, the federal navigation project was authorized and constructed between 1828 and 1968 in several increments and provides for navigation safety at the mouth of the river and a reduction in the frequency of maintenance of the lower river channel and anchorage areas; and

 

            WHEREAS, during the last modification in 1968, the shoreward end of the north jetty was raised and tightened to reduce the maintenance dredging frequency in the river channel; and

 

            WHEREAS, as a result of the federal navigation project, the area of Camp Ellis Beach within about 2,500 feet of the jetty has experienced severe erosion over the past several decades, with losses of over 30 homes and property, roadways and public and private infrastructure; and

 

            WHEREAS, besides the major commercial transportation effects, commercial activity on the Saco River contributes more than $53,000,000 to our regional communities each year; the Saco River is home to more than 40 commercial fishing vessels, and the river supports more than 450 full-time jobs; and

 

            WHEREAS, a United States Army Corps of Engineers report dated April 2013 found that the only feasible alternative would be the construction of an additional 750-foot-long spur jetty with ongoing beach nourishment; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Legislature now assembled in the Second Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this occasion to express our support for immediate action to be taken regarding the erosion at Camp Ellis and our support for continued maintenance dredging, the construction of an additional spur jetty and periodic beach renourishment.

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 26

 

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519, the following item appeared on the Consent Calendar for the First Day:

 

            (7-1)  (H.P. 1327)  (L.D. 1894) Bill "An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine" (EMERGENCY)  Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-782)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 27

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Revise Laws Regarding Unemployment That Were Amended or Affected by Recently Enacted Legislation

(S.P. 657)  (L.D. 1770)
(S. "A" S-485 to C. "A" S-473)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

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Emergency Measure

 

            (10-2)  Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Save Lives and Support People with Substance Use Disorder in Washington County

(S.P. 257)  (L.D. 812)
(S. "A" S-481 to C. "A" S-444)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

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Acts

 

            (10-3)  An Act Expanding the Authority of the Maine Elder Death Analysis Review Team To Investigate Deaths and Serious Injuries of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism

(H.P. 1164)  (L.D. 1676)
(C. "B" H-770)

 

            (10-4)  An Act To Create The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital Registration Plate

(S.P. 621)  (L.D. 1685)
(S. "A" S-482 to C. "A" S-348)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 28

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Joint Order To Extend the Legislative Session

(S.P. 742)

 

            READ and FAILED PASSAGE in the House on April 18, 2018.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having ADHERED to its former action whereby the Joint Order was READ and PASSED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 29

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 1023)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 18, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it accepted the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on Bill "An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming" (H.P. 838) (L.D. 1201) in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 30

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine

(H.P. 1327)  (L.D. 1894)
(C. "A" H-782)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

House Supplement No. 31

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Protect Economic Competitiveness in Maine by Extending the End Date for Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits and Making Other Changes to the Program

(S.P. 611)  (L.D. 1654)
(C. "A" S-472)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.

 

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