Table of Contents

House Calendar
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
Reference Joint Select Committee
ORDERS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
SENATE PAPERS

 


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The House Calendar

The Advance Journal and Calendar of the House of Representatives

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


 

15th Legislative Day

Thursday, February 16, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Honorable Matthea Elisabeth Larsen Daughtry, Brunswick.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Honorable Patricia Hymanson, M.D., York.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 69)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

February 15, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Pursuant to my authority under House Rule 201.1 (H), I appoint Representative Erin D. Herbig of Belfast to serve as Speaker Pro Tem to convene the House on February 16, 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 66)

 

STATE OF MAINE

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT

Cumberland County Courthouse

205 Newbury Street, Room 139

Portland, Maine 04101-4125

 

January 18, 2017

 

Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon:

 

I am pleased to accept your invitation to address a Joint Convention of the 128th Maine Legislature on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  I appreciate the courtesy of the Legislative Branch of government in inviting me to address the cause of justice in Maine.

 

I look forward to seeing you on February 16, 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Leigh I. Saufley

Chief Justice

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 68)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

February 14, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Pursuant to my authority under Title 5, MRSA, Part 17, Ch. 371-A, §7030, I am pleased to appoint the following to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, effective February 14, 2017:

 

Honorable Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland Foreside to seat 13

Ruth Kermish-Allen of Appleton to seat 15

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact my office.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 67)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

February 16, 2017

 

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 Committees have voted unanimously to report the following bills out "Ought Not to Pass:"

 

Health and Human Services

L.D. 19           An Act To Assist Residents of Nursing Homes To Return to Their Communities

 

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

L.D. 110         An Act To Assist Island and Coastal Communities with Controlling Excess Deer Populations

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of House

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 128)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

February 14, 2017

 

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, the nomination of David M. MacMahon, Ph.D. of Poland for reappointment to the Maine Community College System, Board of Trustees.

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the nomination of Laurence R. Grondin of Scarborough for reappointment to the Maine Community College System, Board of Trustees.

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the nomination of the Honorable W. Thomas Sawyer, Jr. of Richmond Hill, Georgia for reappointment to the Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees.

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the nomination of Earle A. Cianchette of Saco for reappointment to the Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees.

 

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 Prohibiting a Law Enforcement Officer from Confiscating a Firearm under Certain Conditions"

(H.P. 411)  (L.D. 595)

 

Sponsored by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, CEBRA of Naples, JOHANSEN of Monticello, MAREAN of Hollis, REED of Carmel, SUTTON of Warren, Senator: ROSEN of Hancock.

 

            (3-2)  Bill "An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Motor Vehicle"

(H.P. 412)  (L.D. 596)

 

Sponsored by Representative COREY of Windham.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York, Senator ROSEN of Hancock and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, GERRISH of Lebanon, HARRINGTON of Sanford, HERRICK of Paris, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, TUCKER of Brunswick, TUELL of East Machias, Senator: CYRWAY of Kennebec.

 

            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Make the Reimbursement Rate for Transfers of Inmates from County Jails Equal to the Federal Reimbursement Rate"

(H.P. 413)  (L.D. 597)

 

Sponsored by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FOLEY of Wells, GRIGNON of Athens, STETKIS of Canaan, STROM of Pittsfield, Senators: CYRWAY of Kennebec, DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

            (3-4)  Bill "An Act To Strengthen Maine Citizens' Right to Self Defense"

(H.P. 414)  (L.D. 598)

 

Sponsored by Representative CEBRA of Naples.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: O'CONNOR of Berwick, TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Prevent Violence against Emergency Responders"

(H.P. 415)  (L.D. 599)

 

Sponsored by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock and Representatives: COREY of Windham, GERRISH of Lebanon, GROHMAN of Biddeford, HARRINGTON of Sanford, HERRICK of Paris, NADEAU of Winslow, SKOLFIELD of Weld, THERIAULT of China.

 

            (3-6)  Resolve, To Provide Grants to Law Enforcement Agencies To Acquire and Train Drug-detecting Dogs

(H.P. 416)  (L.D. 600)

 

Sponsored by Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: BATTLE of South Portland, COREY of Windham, FOLEY of Wells, GERRISH of Lebanon, WARREN of Hallowell, Senators: DAVIS of Piscataquis, DION of Cumberland, SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State"

(H.P. 417)  (L.D. 601)

 

Sponsored by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, FARNSWORTH of Portland, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, POULIOT of Augusta, TIPPING of Orono.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Membership of the Advisory Committee on College Savings"

(H.P. 418)  (L.D. 602)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representative: HILLIARD of Belgrade.

 

            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Provide Funding for Preschool Programs"

(H.P. 419)  (L.D. 603)

 

Sponsored by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland.

Cosponsored by Representatives: HANDY of Lewiston, HICKMAN of Winthrop, MALABY of Hancock, STEARNS of Guilford, STEWART of Presque Isle, ZEIGLER of Montville.

 

            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements"

(H.P. 449)  (L.D. 633)

 

Sponsored by Representative McCREA of Fort Fairfield.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, FARNSWORTH of Portland, FULLER of Lewiston, GERRISH of Lebanon, MARTIN of Sinclair, SAMPSON of Alfred, Senator: MAKER of Washington.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Municipal Subdivision Laws"

(H.P. 444)  (L.D. 628)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Timely Expenditure of Federal Funds in the Department of Health and Human Services"

(H.P. 407)  (L.D. 567)

 

Sponsored by Representative PARKER of South Berwick.

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Support Evidence-based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder"

(H.P. 421)  (L.D. 605)

 

Sponsored by Representative VACHON of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: COREY of Windham, DENNO of Cumberland, FOLEY of Wells, GATTINE of Westbrook, HYMANSON of York, MALABY of Hancock, PICKETT of Dixfield, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec.

 

            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Access to All Prescription Drugs Containing Cannabidiol Approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration"

(H.P. 422)  (L.D. 606)

 

Sponsored by Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

Cosponsored by Representatives: FECTEAU of Biddeford, HANLEY of Pittston, KINNEY of Knox, PICKETT of Dixfield, STEARNS of Guilford, WARD of Dedham, WHITE of Washburn.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Enhance Maine's Coordinated Response to Mental Health Crises"

(H.P. 423)  (L.D. 607)

 

Sponsored by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: GATTINE of Westbrook, GERRISH of Lebanon, MALABY of Hancock, RECKITT of South Portland, STEWART of Presque Isle, WARREN of Hallowell, Senators: DESCHAMBAULT of York, ROSEN of Hancock.

 

            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Improve Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Mental Illness in Maine"

(H.P. 445)  (L.D. 629)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

 

            (3-17)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Drug Epidemic in Maine"

(H.P. 450)  (L.D. 634)

 

Sponsored by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: FREDETTE of Newport, Speaker GIDEON of Freeport, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HERBIG of Belfast, Senators: CUSHING of Penobscot, LIBBY of Androscoggin, MASON of Androscoggin, President THIBODEAU of Waldo.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Protect Maine's Lakes by Prohibiting the Discharge of Waste from Watercraft"

(H.P. 420)  (L.D. 604)

 

Sponsored by Representative CEBRA of Naples.

Cosponsored by Representatives: FAY of Raymond, GINZLER of Bridgton, ORDWAY of Standish, Senator: DIAMOND of Cumberland.

 

            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Expand Opportunities for Moose Permit Winners To Swap Their Permits"

(H.P. 446)  (L.D. 630)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair.

Cosponsored by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, DUCHESNE of Hudson, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, POULIOT of Augusta, STANLEY of Medway, THERIAULT of China, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Require an Operator of an All-terrain Vehicle Driven on Certain Roads To Have a Driver's License and Liability Insurance"

(H.P. 447)  (L.D. 631)

 

Sponsored by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Representative: LYFORD of Eddington.

 

            (3-21)  Resolve, To Recognize and Provide for the Right of Members of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Hunt Moose throughout Aroostook County

(H.P. 448)  (L.D. 632)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

 

            Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-22)  Bill "An Act Regulating Employee Benefit Excess Insurance"

(H.P. 424)  (L.D. 608)

 

Sponsored by Representative LAWRENCE of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

            (3-23)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit Insurance Carriers That Are Not Health Insurance Carriers from Operating as Managed Care Organizations"

(H.P. 425)  (L.D. 609)

 

Sponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: LAWRENCE of South Berwick, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, STANLEY of Medway, TUELL of East Machias, Senator: DIAMOND of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-24)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit Prescriptive Property Rights Claims of Property Owned by Nonprofit Organizations"

(H.P. 426)  (L.D. 610)

 

Sponsored by Representative HANLEY of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec and Representatives: HANINGTON of Lincoln, PIERCE of Dresden, SAMPSON of Alfred, STANLEY of Medway.

 

            (3-25)  Bill "An Act To Amend Certain Laws Affecting the Judicial Branch"

(H.P. 427)  (L.D. 611)

 

Sponsored by Representative MOONEN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-26)  Bill "An Act To Improve Vocational Rehabilitation under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992"

(H.P. 428)  (L.D. 612)

 

Sponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford.

Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, HANDY of Lewiston, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: BELLOWS of Kennebec.

 

            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Protect Job Applicants from Identity Theft"

(H.P. 429)  (L.D. 613)

 

Sponsored by Representative RILEY of Jay.

Cosponsored by Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, FECTEAU of Biddeford, HANDY of Lewiston.

 

            (3-28)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Presumption of Heart Disease or Hypertension in the Line of Duty for Corrections Officers under the Workers' Compensation Laws"

(H.P. 430)  (L.D. 614)

 

Sponsored by Representative TUCKER of Brunswick.

 

            (3-29)  Resolve, To Establish a Work Group To Update the Maine Pharmacy Act

(H.P. 431)  (L.D. 615)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHACE of Durham.

Cosponsored by Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, BICKFORD of Auburn, GILLWAY of Searsport, HANLEY of Pittston, LOCKMAN of Amherst, TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

 

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

 

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            (3-30)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Consistent Access to Limited-entry Lobster Zones"

(H.P. 432)  (L.D. 616)

 

Sponsored by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor.

 

            (3-31)  Bill "An Act To Allow the Sale of Saltwater Smelt for Bait"

(H.P. 433)  (L.D. 617)

 

Sponsored by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representative: STEARNS of Guilford.

 

            (3-32)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Appropriate Training for Harbor Masters"

(H.P. 438)  (L.D. 622)

 

Sponsored by Representative BATTLE of South Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: HARRINGTON of Sanford, KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, PARRY of Arundel, PICKETT of Dixfield, Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CYRWAY of Kennebec, DION of Cumberland, MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

            Committee on MARINE RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-33)  Resolve, Authorizing the Mount Hunger Area of the Town of Gray To Proceed with the Secession Process

(H.P. 434)  (L.D. 618)

 

Sponsored by Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, CHACE of Durham, HANINGTON of Lincoln, WARD of Dedham.

 

            (3-34)  Resolve, Authorizing the Area of the West Side of Little Sebago Lake of the Town of Gray To Proceed with the Secession Process

(H.P. 435)  (L.D. 619)

 

Sponsored by Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, CHACE of Durham, HANINGTON of Lincoln, SANDERSON of Chelsea, WARD of Dedham.

 

            (3-35)  Bill "An Act To Incentivize Legislative Carpooling"

(H.P. 451)  (L.D. 635)

 

Sponsored by Representative FULLER of Lewiston.

Cosponsored by Representatives: FAY of Raymond, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston, SHEATS of Auburn, TEPLER of Topsham.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-36)  Bill "An Act To Restore the Tax Deduction for Contributions to College Savings Accounts"

(H.P. 436)  (L.D. 620)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln and Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, HILLIARD of Belgrade.

 

            (3-37)  Bill "An Act To Retain Professionals and Attract Professionals to Maine by Amending Maine's Income Tax Code"

(H.P. 437)  (L.D. 621)

 

Sponsored by Representative TIPPING of Orono.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, STEARNS of Guilford.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-38)  Bill "An Act To Require Biennial State Motor Vehicle Inspections"

(H.P. 439)  (L.D. 623)

 

Sponsored by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, STETKIS of Canaan.

 

            (3-39)  Bill "An Act Concerning the Transporting of Dogs in Passenger Vehicles"

(H.P. 440)  (L.D. 624)

 

Sponsored by Representative HANDY of Lewiston.  (BY REQUEST)

 

            Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-40)  Bill "An Act To Require Candidates To Be Listed as Unenrolled If Not Registered with a Recognized Party"

(H.P. 408)  (L.D. 568)

 

Sponsored by Representative TURNER of Burlington.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: ESPLING of New Gloucester, FREDETTE of Newport, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, POULIOT of Augusta, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, STANLEY of Medway, WARD of Dedham, Senator: HILL of York.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-41)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit the Location of a Marijuana Facility within 2,000 Feet of a House of Public Worship or Property Associated with a House of Public Worship"

(H.P. 441)  (L.D. 625)

 

Sponsored by Representative HANDY of Lewiston.

Cosponsored by Representatives: FULLER of Lewiston, TUELL of East Machias, Senator: MASON of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-42)  Bill "An Act To Provide Funding for County Jails from Sales Tax Collected on Retail Sales of Marijuana and Marijuana Products"

(H.P. 442)  (L.D. 626)

 

Sponsored by Representative STETKIS of Canaan.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset and Representatives: FARRIN of Norridgewock, GRIGNON of Athens, HANINGTON of Lincoln, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, SKOLFIELD of Weld, STROM of Pittsfield, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

            (3-43)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Data Collection Program To Monitor Effects of Marijuana Regulation" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 443)  (L.D. 627)

 

Sponsored by Representative HANDY of Lewiston.

Cosponsored by Representatives: GATTINE of Westbrook, PERRY of Calais, RECKITT of South Portland, TUELL of East Machias.

 

            Joint Select Committee on MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IMPLEMENTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency

 

 

            (3-44)  Representative WARREN for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 asks leave to report that the accompanying Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 5:  Maine Disaster Recovery Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 409)  (L.D. 569)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative CARDONE of Bangor, the following Joint Resolution:  (H.P. 410) (Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, HANDY of Lewiston)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING

FEBRUARY 11TH AS 2-1-1 MAINE DAY

 

            WHEREAS, 2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of more than 8,000 health and human services available in the State; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order to promote the 2-1-1 Maine health and human services and emergency preparedness hotline, which helps Maine citizens to get access to needed resources, we recognize February 11th as 2-1-1 Maine Day; and

 

            WHEREAS, 2-1-1 Maine helps to identify existing gaps in health and human services; and

 

            WHEREAS, throughout the State, 2-1-1 Maine provides around-the-clock service through efficient and effective responses to questions arising from the growing complexities and needs in health, financial and human services; and

 

            WHEREAS,  2-1-1 Maine provides emergency operations during times of natural and other disasters, including providing accurate and timely information for preparations and longer-term referrals for follow-up services, and valuable information for community planning and for future matching of resources and unmet needs; and

 

            WHEREAS, during this past year, 2-1-1 Maine has directed more than 6,300 Mainers to heating and utility assistance services that may have prevented people from contacting the wrong agency for a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program benefit, prevented utility shutoffs and saved people from spending winter nights without fuel assistance; and

 

            WHEREAS, since 2006, 2-1-1 Maine call specialists have assisted with more than 670,000 requests to locate health and human services information; and

 

            WHEREAS, 2-1-1 Maine handles a number of specialized services, including assisting the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the gambling helpline, and is also a resource to find information about such needs as tax preparation and mental health services; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to recognize February 11, 2017 as 2-1-1 Maine Day.

 

 

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            (4-2)  On motion of Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville, the following House Order:  (H.O. 21)

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Kathleen R. J. Dillingham of Oxford be excused February 14 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard R. Farnsworth of Portland be excused February 7 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative David G. Haggan of Hampden be excused January 26, January 31 and February 2 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Walter A. Kumiega III of Deer Isle be excused February 7 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Lawrence E. Lockman of Amherst be excused January 26 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Anne-Marie Mastraccio of Sanford be excused January 31 and February 2 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Jeffrey K. Pierce of Dresden be excused January 31 for legislative business.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Deborah J. Sanderson of Chelsea be excused January 31 and February 2 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Joel R. Stetkis of Canaan be excused February 7 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Timothy S. Theriault of China be excused January 26 for personal reasons.

 

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Southern Maine Health Care's Pediatrics practice, of Biddeford, which has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for providing outstanding Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home care to its patients.  We congratulate everyone at Southern Maine Health Care's Pediatrics practice on this occasion;

 

(SLS 56)

 

 

            (5-2)  Paul M. LeClair, of Lewiston, Chief of the Lewiston Fire Department, on his retirement.  Chief LeClair joined the department in 1981 as a firefighter and was promoted to lieutenant in 1993 and to assistant chief in 1994 before becoming chief in 2006.  We extend to Chief LeClair our appreciation for his service and offer him our congratulations on his retirement;

 

(SLS 57)

 

 

            (5-3)  the Reverend Dr. Elbert R. Brewster, of Oakland, who is retiring as pastor of the Smithfield Baptist Church.  Dr. Brewster served as pastor of United Baptist Church in Oakland for 10 years before serving at Smithfield Baptist Church for 39 years.  He also was a hospital chaplain for 39 years at Maine General Hospital in Augusta and Seton Hospital and Thayer Hospital in Waterville.  We extend to Dr. Brewster our appreciation for his long service and offer him our congratulations on his retirement;

 

(SLS 58)

 

 

            (5-4)  Nicholas Bartholomew, of Saco, a senior and football player at Thornton Academy, who has received the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman of the Year Award, given for his strong leadership on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  We extend to Nicholas our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 59)

 

 

            (5-5)  Al Godfrey, of Fayette, who is being honored by the Lions Club for his 50 years of membership.  Mr. Godfrey's service to his community has been exemplary.  We extend to Mr. Godfrey our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 73)

Presented by Representative RILEY of Jay.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin, Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade.

 

 

            (5-6)  Casco Public Library, in Casco, which is celebrating its 65th Anniversary.  We extend to the administration, staff and patrons of the Casco Public Library our congratulations on this occasion;

 

(HLS 74)

Presented by Representative FAY of Raymond.

Cosponsored by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland, Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

 

 

            (5-7)  Fryeburg Academy, in Fryeburg, which is celebrating its 225th Anniversary.  We extend to the alumni of and everyone at Fryeburg Academy our congratulations on this anniversary;

 

(HLS 75)

Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-8)  the Skowhegan Area High School Speech Team, of Skowhegan, which won the State Speech and Debate Championship, sponsored by the Maine Forensic Association and the Maine Principals' Association.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 76)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Representative AUSTIN of Skowhegan, Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

            (5-9)  Shanna Brown, of Norridgewock, who has received a Spirit of America Award.  The Spirit of America Foundation was established to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the award is presented to honor local individuals, organizations or projects in appreciation of community service.  We send our congratulations to Ms. Brown on her receiving this award;

 

(HLS 77)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

            (5-10)  John Eastman Wilder, of Norridgewock, to whom the Town of Norridgewock dedicated its town report.  We extend to Mr. Wilder our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 78)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

            (5-11)  Jean Wilhelm, of Eastport, who celebrated her 90th Birthday on January 14, 2017.  We extend to her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 80)

Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington.

 

 

            (5-12)  Donita St. John, of Paris, an employee of Community Concepts, who has received the Employee of the Year Award from the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Ms. St. John our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 81)

Presented by Representative HERRICK of Paris.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford, Representative WINSOR of Norway, Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-13)  Sarah Glynn, of Paris, who has received the Community Service Award from the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Ms. Glynn our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 82)

Presented by Representative HERRICK of Paris.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford, Representative WINSOR of Norway, Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-14)  Bruce Vincent Avery, of Windham.  Mr. Avery worked in Los Angeles, California, as a tour guide at Universal Studios and as president of the local branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union, representing hundreds of tour personnel.  After returning to Maine, he was a town councilor in Standish and a longtime board member of School Administrative District No. 6.  He also ran for State Representative.  His greatest passion was theater, and he taught, acted in and directed plays for many years at the Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake and at Gorham High School.  Mr. Avery will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 79)

Presented by Representative ORDWAY of Standish.

Cosponsored by Representative COREY of Windham, Representative BRYANT of Windham, Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland.

 

 

            (5-15)  Robert Raymond Frechette, of North Berwick.  Mr. Frechette served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1958 and in the Sanford Fire Department for 33 years.  Mr. Frechette will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Frechette, and his family and friends;

 

(HLS 83)

Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York, Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick, Representative PARKER of South Berwick.

 

 

 

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 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 Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act"

(S.P. 84)  (L.D. 238)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Joint Select Committee on MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IMPLEMENTATION.

TABLED - February 2, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 200: Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 286)  (L.D. 395)

 

(Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested)

TABLED - February 7, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - Motion of Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville to INDEFINITELY POSTPONE the Resolve and accompanying papers.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Lin Martin-Hunt, of Buxton

(HLS 63)

 

TABLED - February 14, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Reverend James Haddix, of Holden

(HLS 70)

 

TABLED - February 14, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative WARD of Dedham.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Stanley Shorey, of Penobscot

(HLS 71)

 

TABLED - February 14, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative WARD of Dedham.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment in Memory of the Honorable Paulette G. Beaudoin, of Biddeford

(SLS 47)

 

- In Senate, READ and ADOPTED.

TABLED - February 14, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ADOPTION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE June 21, 2017

 

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

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 180)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that when the House and Senate adjourn they do so until Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 10:00 in the morning.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund"

(S.P. 201)  (L.D. 586)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Modify the Definition of 'General Use Pesticide'"

(S.P. 209)  (L.D. 594)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure"

(S.P. 205)  (L.D. 590)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Provision of Law Requiring Disclosure of the Possession of a Firearm under Certain Circumstances"

(S.P. 189)  (L.D. 574)

 

            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Agencies and Associations To Engage Directly in Fund-raising under Certain Circumstances"

(S.P. 203)  (L.D. 588)

 

            (1-6)  Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Review the Function and Mission of Probation Officers and Establish a Licensing Procedure

(S.P. 204)  (L.D. 589)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY and ordered printed.

 

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(1-7)  Bill "An Act To Create the Maine Institute of Technology"

(S.P. 185)  (L.D. 570)

 

            (1-8)  Resolve, To Audit Standardized Testing in Maine's Schools

(S.P. 188)  (L.D. 573)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Funding for Landfill Closure Costs"

(S.P. 191)  (L.D. 576)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act Regarding Zero-emissions Vehicles"

(S.P. 192)  (L.D. 577)

 

            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Modify the Mining Laws"

(S.P. 195)  (L.D. 580)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-12)  Bill "An Act To Provide for the Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Educational and Behavioral Assessment of Children Entering State Custody"

(S.P. 197)  (L.D. 582)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-13)  Bill "An Act To Allow Fees To Be Charged for Wild Game Dinners"

(S.P. 202)  (L.D. 587)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-14)  Bill "An Act To Enable the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company To Better Serve Maine Employers by Eliminating the High-risk Program"

(S.P. 207)  (L.D. 592)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-15)  Bill "An Act To Modify the Divorce Laws Concerning Perpetrators of Domestic Violence"

(S.P. 193)  (L.D. 578)

 

            (1-16)  Bill "An Act To Require Notification When a Temporary Protection from Abuse Order Is Rescinded"

(S.P. 196)  (L.D. 581)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-17)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy"

(S.P. 187)  (L.D. 572)

 

            (1-18)  Bill "An Act To Update the Licensure Renewal Provision of the Board of Licensure in Medicine"

(S.P. 208)  (L.D. 593)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-19)  Bill "An Act To Improve the Enforcement of Maine's Lobster Laws"

(S.P. 190)  (L.D. 575)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-20)  Bill "An Act To Allow Municipalities To Adopt Bus Traffic Ordinances"

(S.P. 206)  (L.D. 591)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-21)  Bill "An Act To Eliminate the 3 Percent Surcharge on Certain Income and Provide an Alternative Funding Source for the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education"

(S.P. 186)  (L.D. 571)

 

            (1-22)  Bill "An Act To Improve the Tax Appeal Process for Maine Businesses and Consumers"

(S.P. 198)  (L.D. 583)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-23)  Bill "An Act To Create the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety"

(S.P. 199)  (L.D. 584)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-24)  Bill "An Act Regarding Transfers of Liquor between Licensed Manufacturers' Facilities"

(S.P. 194)  (L.D. 579)

 

            (1-25)  Bill "An Act To Allow Cash Qualifying Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act"

(S.P. 200)  (L.D. 585)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 210)

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that, notwithstanding Joint Rule 353, the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, referred to in this order as "the task force," is established as follows.

 

            1. Appointment; composition.  The task force consists of members appointed as follows:

 

            A. Four members of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate, including 2 members of the party holding the largest and 2 members of the party holding the 2nd-largest number of seats in the Senate;

 

            B. Four members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House, including 2 members of the party holding the largest and 2 members of the party holding the 2nd-largest number of seats in the House of Representatives;

 

            C.  One member who is an administrator at a hospital in the State, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            D. One member representing the interests of law enforcement, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            E. One member representing the interests of providers of services at opioid treatment facilities, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            F.  One member representing a statewide association of physicians in the State, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            G.  One member who is recovering from opioid addiction, appointed by the Speaker of the House;

 

            H. One member representing the interests of providers of substance abuse and recovery services, appointed by the Speaker of the House;

 


 

            I. One member who is a physician specializing in addiction treatment, appointed by the Speaker of the House; and

 

            J. One member who is a behavioral health specialist, appointed by the Speaker of the House.

 

            The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall invite to participate as members of the task force the Governor, or the Governor's designee; the Attorney General, or the Attorney General's designee; and a representative of the judicial branch.

 

            2.  Chairs.  The first-named Senator is the Senate chair of the task force and the first-named member of the House of Representatives is the House chair of the task force.

 

            3. Appointments; convening.  All appointments must be made no later than 30 days following passage of this order.  The appointing authorities shall notify the Executive Director of the Legislative Council once all appointments have been made.  When the appointment of all members has been completed, the chairs of the task force shall call and convene the first meeting of the task force.  If 30 days or more after the passage of this order a majority of but not all appointments have been made, the chairs may request authority and the Legislative Council may grant authority for the task force to meet and conduct its business.

 

            4.  Duties.  The task force shall examine the current laws in the State addressing opiate abuse and heroin use, including but not limited to existing laws focused on law enforcement, prevention, treatment and recovery.  As part of its study, the task force shall review the report and recommendations of the Maine Opiate Collaborative issued on May 6, 2016 as well as initiatives that have been successfully undertaken by other states, including but not limited to proposals for increased law enforcement personnel or funding; substance abuse prevention, treatment and peer recovery services; and substance abuse prevention and education in schools and communities, and shall develop recommendations to address the opioid crisis in the State.

 

            5.  Compensation.  The legislative members of the task force are entitled to receive the legislative per diem, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 2, and reimbursement for travel and other necessary expenses related to their attendance at authorized meetings of the task force. Public members not otherwise compensated by their employers or other entities that they represent are entitled to receive reimbursement of necessary expenses and, upon a demonstration of financial hardship, a per diem equal to the legislative per diem for their attendance at authorized meetings of the task force.

 

            6.  Quorum.  A quorum is a majority of the members of the task force, including those members invited to participate who have accepted the invitation to participate.

 


 

            7.  Staffing.  The Legislative Council shall contract for necessary staff support for the task force during the legislative session and may contract for such staff support for a longer period to the extent needed and if sufficient funding is available.  At the request of the task force, the Legislative Council may provide drafting assistance to the task force during the legislative session and other staffing support to the task force when the Legislature is not in session.

 

            8.  Reports.  No later than April 30, 2017, the task force shall submit an initial report that includes its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, for introduction to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature. No later than December 6, 2017, the task force shall submit a final report that includes its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, for introduction to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Require the Department of Transportation To Use 3rd-party Certified Examiners for Lead Inspections"

(S.P. 211)  (L.D. 636)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION and ordered printed.

 

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