Table of Contents

House Calendar
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
Reference Joint Select Committee
ORDERS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
CONSENT CALENDAR
First Day
Second Day
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
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


 

19th Legislative Day

Thursday, March 9, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Bishop Marrell Cornwell, First Pentecostal Church, Wichita, Kansas.

 

            National Anthem by Candace Marchand, North Berwick.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Marya Goettsche Spurling, M.D., New Sharon.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 293)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs shall report out, to the Senate, a bill regarding attainment of certain goals for postsecondary education of the work force.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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            (1-2)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 294)

 

 

            WHEREAS, historically, Maine has been world‑renowned for its hard‑working people, its enviable quality of life and its production of high‑quality products; and

 

            WHEREAS, for generations, citizens of the State had jobs in industries such as logging, shipbuilding, papermaking, textiles, manufacturing, farming and fishing that allowed workers to live and raise families in the State; and

 

            WHEREAS, jobs that supported a thriving Maine economy were responsible for decades of growth in many of our communities in the State, but over the years, jobs that provided living wages, benefits and job security became harder and harder to find; and

 

            WHEREAS, as the prospects for well‑paying jobs diminished in the rapidly changing world economy, so too did Maine's ability to retain its young people, who increasingly sought opportunities elsewhere, contributing to Maine's looming demographic crisis; and

 

            WHEREAS, a prosperous Maine economy will require skilled workers capable of succeeding in the modern economy as well as innovative investments that will help Maine businesses grow and thrive; and

 

            WHEREAS, it is essential that the Legislature work with the State's businesses, education community and workforce, as well as with policy experts, to develop and implement measures to strengthen the State's economy, bring back jobs and young people and expand the middle class; and

 

            WHEREAS, the members of the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future in the 126th Legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner with input from experts throughout the State to unanimously support legislation to help move Maine toward stronger economic growth and to prepare Maine's workers and businesses to compete in the global marketplace; now, therefore, be it

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that, notwithstanding Joint Rule 353, the Task Force on Maine's 21st Century Economy and Workforce, referred to in this order as "the task force," is established as follows.

 

            1.  Appointments; 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 of Representatives, 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 representing the interests of the Maine Community College System, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            D.  One member representing the interests of the University of Maine System, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

 

            E.  One member representing the interests of apprenticeship programs in the State, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

 

            F.  One member representing the interests of providers and teachers of adult education in the State, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            G.  One member representing the interests of private colleges in the State, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

 

            H.  One member representing the statewide interests of the business community, appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

            I.  One member representing the interests of a Maine business that employs more than 1,000 workers, appointed by the President of the Senate; and

 

            J.  One member representing the interests of a Maine business that employs fewer than 1,000 workers, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

            The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall invite to participate as members of the task force the Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee, and the Commissioner of Labor, or the commissioner's designee.

 

            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.  Notwithstanding Joint Rule 353, the chairs may appoint, as nonvoting members, individuals who represent the interests of those sectors of industry that have experienced significant workforce shortages.  Any additional members appointed pursuant to this section are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement under section 5.

 

            3.  Appointments; convening.  All appointments must be made no later than 15 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 15 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 review ways to strengthen the State's economy, improve the State's business climate and facilitate economic growth in the State, including strategies to make targeted and strategic investments in the State's workforce and businesses; to expand partnerships among the State's workers, educators and businesses to specifically address workforce needs and worker training; to develop strategies for attracting, retaining and training Maine workers in sectors of industry most acutely affected by workforce shortage, as identified in priority order by the Maine Department of Labor, including health care, government, retail trade, professional and business services and the hospitality industry; and to help improve the ability of small businesses to innovate and expand.

 

            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 voting 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.  The task force may submit an initial report, including suggested legislation, prior to the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.  No later than March 1, 2018, 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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            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Address Mandatory Overtime for Hospital Professionals"

(S.P. 300)  (L.D. 898)

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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

 

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            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Recognize Local Control Regarding Food and Water Systems"

(S.P. 242)  (L.D. 725)

 

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

 

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            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Facilitate the Return of Unclaimed Property"

(S.P. 230)  (L.D. 668)

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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

 

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            (1-6)  Bill "An Act To Allow an Attorney Responding to an Incident that Involved the Use of Deadly Force To Use Emergency Lights on a Vehicle"

(S.P. 292)  (L.D. 892)

 

 

            Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

            Comes from the Senate, with the Bill and accompanying papers INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Transparency in Public Union Negotiations"

(H.P. 552)  (L.D. 772)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in the House on March 2, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 89)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

March 8, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Pursuant to my authority under Joint Order, SP 210, I am pleased to appoint the following legislators and members of the public to serve on the Task Force to Address the Opiate Crisis in the State, effective March 8, 2017:

 

Representative Joyce McCreight of Harpswell as House Chair

Representative Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland

Representative Harold L. Stewart III of Presque Isle

Representative Karen Vachon of Scarborough

Mr. Ross Hicks of Brunswick as a person who is recovering from opioid addiction

Ms. Malory Shaughnessy of Westbrook as a representative of the interests of providers of substance abuse and recovery services

Dr. Vernon Gardner of Hampden as a physician specializing in addiction treatment

Mr. Robert Fowler of South Portland as a behavioral health specialist

 

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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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 88)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

March 9, 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:"

 

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

L.D. 157         An Act To Require the Reporting of Animal Cruelty or Neglect

L.D. 246         An Act To Provide for the Adoption of Cats and Dogs Previously Used for Research Purposes

 

Education and Cultural Affairs

L.D. 48           An Act To Provide for Fairness in the Transfer of Students (EMERGENCY)

 

Energy, Utilities and Technology

L.D. 55           An Act To Provide Funding for the Restoration of China Lake

 

Environment and Natural Resources

L.D. 103         An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers

 

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

L.D. 84           An Act To Clarify the Contracts Used for Automobile Sales

L.D. 114         An Act To Increase the Number of Suboxone Prescribers

L.D. 148         An Act To Allow Overhead Garage Door Installers To Install and Repair Dumbwaiters

L.D. 163         An Act To Strengthen the Enforcement of Maine's Labor Laws

L.D. 489         An Act To Ensure Firefighters Receive Cancer Treatment Pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 39-A

 

State and Local Government

L.D. 71           Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Request That the United States Secretary of Transportation Place Maine in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone

 

Transportation

L.D. 210         An Act To Allow Disabled Veterans To Have More Than One Set of Disabled Veteran License Plates

L.D. 242         An Act To Allow Extra Lights on the Front of a Motorcycle

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of House

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Protect Maine's Agriculture"

(H.P. 667)  (L.D. 939)

 

Sponsored by Representative DUNPHY of Old Town.

Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, MAREAN of Hollis, MARTIN of Sinclair, O'NEIL of Saco, WARREN of Hallowell.

 

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

 

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            (3-2)  Bill "An Act Making Certain Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 652)  (L.D. 924)

 

Sponsored by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook.

 

            (3-3)  Bill "An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 653)  (L.D. 925)

 

Sponsored by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook.

 

            (3-4)  Bill "An Act Regarding the State Retirement System"

(H.P. 657)  (L.D. 929)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Municipal Culverts at Stream Crossings"

(H.P. 677)  (L.D. 964)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, Speaker GIDEON of Freeport, HERBIG of Belfast, Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Improve Equity in State Aid to Schools"

(H.P. 654)  (L.D. 926)

 

Sponsored by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: FARRIN of Norridgewock, FREDETTE of Newport, FULLER of Lewiston, LYFORD of Eddington, SIROCKI of Scarborough, TUELL of East Machias.

 

            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Increase Student Learning Time"

(H.P. 668)  (L.D. 940)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act To Facilitate the Purchase of Textbooks for Low-income College Students"

(H.P. 669)  (L.D. 941)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: MADIGAN of Waterville, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, MOONEN of Portland, O'NEIL of Saco, PIERCE of Falmouth, POULIOT of Augusta, TIPPING of Orono.

 

            (3-9)  Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study School Board Member Training

(H.P. 678)  (L.D. 965)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: HANINGTON of Lincoln, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, McELWEE of Caribou, Senators: MIRAMANT of Knox, SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Simplify the In-service Days Requirement in Education" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 691)  (L.D. 978)

 

Sponsored by Representative TUELL of East Machias.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, GINZLER of Bridgton, HANINGTON of Lincoln, SAMPSON of Alfred, SIMMONS of Waldoboro.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Protect Maine Families by Enhancing Well Water Regulation"

(H.P. 658)  (L.D. 930)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

 

            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products"

(H.P. 659)  (L.D. 931)

 

Sponsored by Representative BLUME of York.

Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: COOPER of Yarmouth, DEVIN of Newcastle, FAY of Raymond, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, SCHNECK of Bangor.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-13)  Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Siting and Building of a Drug Treatment Facility in Northern Maine (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 660)  (L.D. 932)

 

Sponsored by Representative KINNEY of Knox.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BROOKS of Lewiston, CRAIG of Brewer, DILLINGHAM of Oxford, GATTINE of Westbrook, MALABY of Hancock, McELWEE of Caribou, PICKETT of Dixfield.

 

            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Create Mental Health Liaison Positions in Each County Jail"

(H.P. 679)  (L.D. 966)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor, HEAD of Bethel, KINNEY of Knox, PICKETT of Dixfield, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIROCKI of Scarborough.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Access to Community Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 680)  (L.D. 967)

 

Sponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford and Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, FREY of Bangor, GATTINE of Westbrook, HARVELL of Farmington, HYMANSON of York, MALABY of Hancock, Senator: LIBBY of Androscoggin.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit Personal Watercraft on Third Pond in Blue Hill"

(H.P. 661)  (L.D. 933)

 

Sponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth.

 

            Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-17)  Bill "An Act To Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse"

(H.P. 681)  (L.D. 968)

 

Sponsored by Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville.

Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook and Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MADIGAN of Waterville, NADEAU of Winslow, SCHNECK of Bangor, TEPLER of Topsham, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Establish an Expedited Temporary Guardianship Process"

(H.P. 662)  (L.D. 934)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

 

            (3-19)  Bill "An Act Regarding Nonprobate Transfers on Death"

(H.P. 682)  (L.D. 969)

 

Sponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, GUERIN of Glenburn, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, POULIOT of Augusta, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, VACHON of Scarborough.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Presumption of Impairment of Health in the Line of Duty for Corrections Employees under the Workers' Compensation Laws"

(H.P. 655)  (L.D. 927)

 

Sponsored by Representative TUCKER of Brunswick.

 

            (3-21)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit a Prospective Employer from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made"

(H.P. 670)  (L.D. 942)

 

Sponsored by Representative BRYANT of Windham.

Cosponsored by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston, Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FECTEAU of Biddeford, MADIGAN of Waterville, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MELARAGNO of Auburn, Senators: DESCHAMBAULT of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-22)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Cancellation of Subscription Services"

(H.P. 671)  (L.D. 943)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: FAY of Raymond, FECTEAU of Biddeford, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MOONEN of Portland.

 

            (3-23)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit the State from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made"

(H.P. 672)  (L.D. 944)

 

Sponsored by Representative BRYANT of Windham.

Cosponsored by Senator DESCHAMBAULT of York and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, MADIGAN of Waterville, MARTIN of Sinclair, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MELARAGNO of Auburn, Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-24)  Bill "An Act To End Homelessness by Expanding Housing Support Services"

(H.P. 683)  (L.D. 970)

 

Sponsored by Representative JORGENSEN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: FECTEAU of Biddeford, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, TEPLER of Topsham, VACHON of Scarborough, Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, VOLK of Cumberland.

 

            (3-25)  Bill "An Act To Exempt Certain Employees from the Minimum Wage Laws"

(H.P. 684)  (L.D. 971)

 

Sponsored by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, HARVELL of Farmington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SIROCKI of Scarborough, STEWART of Presque Isle, TUELL of East Machias, TURNER of Burlington, WADSWORTH of Hiram.

 

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

 

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            (3-26)  Bill "An Act To Modify the Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee"

(H.P. 685)  (L.D. 972)

 

Sponsored by Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, DEVIN of Newcastle, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HANLEY of Pittston, MALABY of Hancock, PIERCE of Dresden, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIMMONS of Waldoboro.

 

            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Allow the Waldo County Budget Committee To Appoint Replacement Members" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 686)  (L.D. 973)

 

Sponsored by Representative GILLWAY of Searsport.

Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo and Representatives: HERBIG of Belfast, KINNEY of Knox, WARD of Dedham, ZEIGLER of Montville.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-28)  Bill "An Act Requiring a Dynamic Fiscal Analysis of Changes to Visual Media Production Tax Credits and Reimbursements" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 656)  (L.D. 928)

 

Sponsored by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset and Representatives: COLLINGS of Portland, CRAIG of Brewer, FOLEY of Wells, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, WALLACE of Dexter, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec.

 

            (3-29)  Bill "An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-state Pensions"

(H.P. 663)  (L.D. 935)

 

Sponsored by Representative BLUME of York.

Cosponsored by Representative TURNER of Burlington, Senator HILL of York and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Orrington, HARLOW of Portland, HYMANSON of York.

 

            (3-30)  Bill "An Act To Modernize and Simplify the Tax Code"

(H.P. 664)  (L.D. 936)

 

Sponsored by Representative HARVELL of Farmington.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: CHACE of Durham, GINZLER of Bridgton, GRANT of Gardiner, GROHMAN of Biddeford, HICKMAN of Winthrop, HILLIARD of Belgrade, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, Senator: VOLK of Cumberland.

 

            (3-31)  Bill "An Act To Reduce the Burden of Tobacco-related Illness by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax for Use for Tobacco Cessation"

(H.P. 673)  (L.D. 945)

 

Sponsored by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell.

Cosponsored by Senator CHENETTE of York and Representatives: HEAD of Bethel, HILLIARD of Belgrade, HYMANSON of York, JOHANSEN of Monticello, RECKITT of South Portland, SANBORN of Portland, TERRY of Gorham, TIPPING of Orono.

 

            (3-32)  Bill "An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for Students Returning to College"

(H.P. 674)  (L.D. 946)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

 

            (3-33)  Bill "An Act To Support Employees with Significant Commutes"

(H.P. 675)  (L.D. 947)

 

Sponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo and Representatives: GRANT of Gardiner, STANLEY of Medway, TERRY of Gorham, Senators: DOW of Lincoln, JACKSON of Aroostook, MASON of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-34)  Bill "An Act To Increase the Homestead Exemption"

(H.P. 687)  (L.D. 974)

 

Sponsored by Representative McLEAN of Gorham.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-35)  Bill "An Act To Allow a Motorist To Make a Left Turn at a Red Light under Certain Conditions"

(H.P. 690)  (L.D. 977)

 

Sponsored by Representative THERIAULT of China.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: PIERCE of Dresden, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, WARD of Dedham.

 

            Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-36)  Bill "An Act To Require the Fiscal Impact of a Direct Initiative of Legislation To Be Included on the Ballot"

(H.P. 665)  (L.D. 937)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

 

            (3-37)  Resolve, To Direct the Adjutant General To Procure Medals for Maine National Guard Members Mobilized for the 1958-1961 Berlin Crisis

(H.P. 676)  (L.D. 948)

 

Sponsored by Representative BAILEY of Saco.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: HANINGTON of Lincoln, PARRY of Arundel.

 

            (3-38)  Bill "An Act Regarding Licensing of Cribbage Tournaments"

(H.P. 688)  (L.D. 975)

 

Sponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth.

Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representative: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

 

            (3-39)  Bill "An Act Regarding Primary Election Contribution Limits and Contribution Limits for Unenrolled Candidates"

(H.P. 689)  (L.D. 976)

 

Sponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth.

 

            (3-40)  Bill "An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person"

(H.P. 692)  (L.D. 979)

 

Sponsored by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, FULLER of Lewiston, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, MOONEN of Portland, SYLVESTER of Portland, TIPPING of Orono, Senator: MILLETT of Cumberland.

 

            (3-41)  Bill "An Act To Improve Absentee Balloting"

(H.P. 693)  (L.D. 980)

 

Sponsored by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DENNO of Cumberland, FULLER of Lewiston, MOONEN of Portland, O'NEIL of Saco, TIPPING of Orono.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-42)  Bill "An Act To Harmonize Provisions of 'An Act To Legalize Marijuana' with Related Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act"

(H.P. 666)  (L.D. 938)

 

Sponsored by Representative HAMANN of South Portland.

 

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

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville, the following House Order:  (H.O. 24)

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Kevin J. Battle of South Portland be excused February 28 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Russell J. Black of Wilton be excused January 31, February 14, 16 and 28 and March 2 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard M. Cebra of Naples be excused February 16 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Donna R. Doore of Augusta be excused February 14 and 16 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Martin J. Grohman of Biddeford be excused March 2 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative David G. Haggan of Hampden be excused February 28 and March 2 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Stephanie Hawke of Boothbay Harbor be excused February 28 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard S. Malaby of Hancock be excused February 16 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Heather B. Sanborn of Portland be excused February 16 and 28 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Abden S. Simmons of Waldoboro be excused March 2 for legislative business.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative John Alden Spear of South Thomaston be excused February 14 and 16 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Stephen J. Wood of Greene be excused March 2 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)  Jordan Jabar, of Waterville, a student at Waterville High School and a member of the girls basketball team, who recently scored her 1,000th career point.  We extend to Jordan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 108)

 

 

            (5-2)  Debra MacInnes, of Pittston, who has received a Spirit of America Foundation Award.  The Spirit of America Foundation was established to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the foundation presents awards to honor local individuals, organizations or projects in appreciation of community service.  We send our congratulations to Ms. MacInnes on her receiving this award;

 

(SLS 109)

 

 

            (5-3)  Ann Morris and Michelle Gifford, both of Rockland, who were recognized by the Rockland City Council for their efforts to preserve Edna St. Vincent Millay's house, on the occasion of the city's Edna St. Vincent Millay Day, February 22, 2017.  We extend to them our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 119)

Presented by Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland.

Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

 

            (5-4)  Ethan James, of Wiscasset, a senior at Wiscasset High School and a player on the boys basketball team, who recently scored his 1,000th career point.  We extend to Ethan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 120)

Presented by Representative HANLEY of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln.

 

 

            (5-5)  Dorothy Turk, of Norridgewock, who is celebrating her 100th Birthday.  We extend to her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 123)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

            (5-6)  Richard Cyr, of Madawaska, who has retired from the Madawaska Fire Department after 50 years of service.  We extend to Mr. Cyr our appreciation for his long public service and offer him our congratulations on his retirement;

 

(HLS 126)

Presented by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-7)  Cheryl Ann Lessard, of Madison.  Mrs. Lessard was an administrative assistant at Guardian Building Products in Oakland and spent many years working at Campbell's True Value in Madison.  Mrs. Lessard will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 121)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

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

 

 

            (5-8)  Judith Robertson, of Solon, a longtime public servant for the Town of Solon.  Mrs. Robertson served as the town's 3rd Selectman, Assessor and Overseer of the Poor from 1982 to 1988 and as 1st Selectman, Assessor and Overseer of the Poor from 1988 until March 1990.  She also served as the secretary of the town's planning board for many years before becoming a member of the board, serving from 1993 to 1997.  She was on the town's budget committee in 2002 until she was appointed Town Treasurer, a position she held until 2014.  Solon dedicated its 2017 Town Report to her.  Mrs. Robertson will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 124)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

            (5-9)  Robert C. Dowe, of China, a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Mr. Dowe operated a garage in South China Village, worked as a self-employed logger and owned and operated Dowe's Variety Store from 1976 to 1996.  He was a longtime member of the South China Fire Department, Dirigo Lodge #104, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and the Boynton-Webber American Legion Post #179.  Mr. Dowe will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 56 years, Madeline, his family and his friends;

 

(HLS 125)

Presented by Representative THERIAULT of China.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY reporting Ought to Pass on Bill "An Act To Allow Conveyance of Land Previously Conveyed by the State to the Town of Bridgton"

(H.P. 8)  (L.D. 7)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    DAVIS of Piscataquis
                                    DILL of Penobscot
                                    SAVIELLO of Franklin

            Representatives:
                                    DUNPHY of Old Town
                                    BLACK of Wilton
                                    HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft
                                    KINNEY of Knox
                                    MARTIN of Sinclair
                                    McELWEE of Caribou
                                    O'NEIL of Saco
                                    SKOLFIELD of Weld

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought Not to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    ACKLEY of Monmouth
                                    CHAPMAN of Brooksville

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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. 32)  (L.D. 83) Bill "An Act Regarding Changing the Designation of a Parent on the Birth Certificate of an Adult"  Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-2)  (H.P. 243)  (L.D. 329) Bill "An Act Concerning the Law Governing the Posting of Newspaper Legal Notices and the Statewide Repository for Legal Notices"  Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-3)  (H.P. 25)  (L.D. 24) Bill "An Act To Change the Name of Township 17, Range 4, WELS, in the Unorganized Territory to Sinclair"  Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-5)

 

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Second Day

 

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

 

            (8-1)  (H.P. 92)  (L.D. 124) Bill "An Act To Make Changes to the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund"

 

            (8-2)  (H.P. 127)  (L.D. 171) Bill "An Act To Add the Air Medal as an Option for a Special Commemorative Decal on Special Veterans Registration Plates"

 

            (8-3)  (H.P. 163)  (L.D. 207) Resolve, To Designate a Bridge in East Machias as the Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Tuesday, March 7, 2017, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Bill "An Act To Use Taxes on Nonmedical Marijuana and Increase the Tax on Cigarettes To Partially Offset the 3% Income Tax Surcharge"

(H.P. 499)  (L.D. 708)

 

(Committee on TAXATION suggested)

TABLED - February 28, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative TIPPING of Orono.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing William D. Morris, of Saco

(HLS 104)

 

TABLED - March 2, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative O'NEIL of Saco.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         Bill "An Act To Fund and Enhance the Maine Diversion Alert Program" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 182)  (L.D. 249)

 

- In House, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY on January 31, 2017.

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - March 7, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         Bill "An Act To Prohibit Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners"

(H.P. 639)  (L.D. 911)

 

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

TABLED - March 7, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         Joint Order, Requiring the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation To Study the Placement of Vehicle Charging Stations on Maine's Highways

(H.P. 644)

 

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

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass - Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY on Bill "An Act Regarding Service of Criminal Process on Electronic Communication Service Providers and Remote Computing Service Providers" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 246)  (L.D. 332)

 

TABLED - March 7, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF COMMITTEE REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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, March 9, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 312)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that when the House and Senate adjourn they do so until Tuesday, March 14, 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, March 9, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Biomass Industry"

(S.P. 308)  (L.D. 953)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund"

(S.P. 310)  (L.D. 955)

 

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

 

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            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Adopt the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking"

(S.P. 306)  (L.D. 951)

 

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

 

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            (1-4)  Bill "An Act Regarding Telehealth"

(S.P. 304)  (L.D. 949)

 

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

 

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            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Make Certain Contraception Available over the Counter"

(S.P. 309)  (L.D. 954)

 

            (1-6)  Bill "An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Workers Involved in Certain Seasonal Occupations"

(S.P. 318)  (L.D. 962)

 

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

 

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            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Establish the Maine Buy America and Build Maine Act"

(S.P. 311)  (L.D. 956)

 

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

 

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            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Expand Property Tax Relief for Maine Residents"

(S.P. 315)  (L.D. 959)

 

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

 

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            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Use State Employees and Resources for Transportation Bond Projects"

(S.P. 316)  (L.D. 960)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Require Certain Personnel on a Bridge Painting Project To Be Certified"

(S.P. 319)  (L.D. 963)

 

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

 

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            (1-11)  Resolve, To Study Using Blockchain Technology in Conjunction with Paper Ballots in Maine Elections (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 305)  (L.D. 950)

 

            (1-12)  Resolve, To Update Maine's Liquor Laws

(S.P. 313)  (L.D. 957)

 

            (1-13)  Bill "An Act To Improve the Cost-efficiency of Funds Disbursed under the Maine Clean Election Act"

(S.P. 317)  (L.D. 961)

 

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

 

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