Table of Contents

House Calendar
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
Reference Joint Select Committee
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Change of Committee
Divided Report
CONSENT CALENDAR
First Day
Second Day
BILLS IN THE SECOND READING
Senate as Amended in Non-Concurrence
House
House as Amended
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
NOTICE
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


 

24th Legislative Day

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Pastor Richard Dorian, Centenary United Methodist Church, Skowhegan.

 

            National Anthem by Wells High School Select A Cappella Chorus.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Romeo Lucas, D.O., Cumberland.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Promote Transparency with Respect to Surveillance Technology"

(S.P. 268)  (L.D. 823)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY in the House on March 21, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having ADHERED to its former action whereby the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Protect a Homeowner's Equity of Redemption in a Foreclosure Action"

(S.P. 280)  (L.D. 880)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY in the House on March 16, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-3)  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)

 

            REFERRED to the Joint Select Committee on MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IMPLEMENTATION in the House on March 9, 2017.

 

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

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Remove the Legislative Council from the Capitol Area Development Approval Process"

(H.P. 26)  (L.D. 25)

 

            Majority (7) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT READ and ACCEPTED in the House on March 7, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with the Minority (5) OUGHT TO PASS Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 101)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

March 28, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

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

 

On March 23, 2017

 

Honorable Brian D. Hobart of Bowdoinham and

B. Charles Large of Lewiston for appointment to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.

Pursuant to Title 23, MRSA §8112, these appointments are contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation.

 

Robert D. Stone of Auburn for reappointment to the Maine Turnpike Authority Board of Directors.

Pursuant to Title 23, MRSA §1964-A, this reappointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation.

 

On March 24, 2017

 

Honorable Kenneth C. Fletcher of Winslow and

David S. Stapp of Bremen for reappointment to the Efficiency Maine Trust Board.

Pursuant to Title 35-A, MRSA §10103, these reappointments are contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 102)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

March 28, 2017

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Committee on Taxation has approved the request by the sponsor, Representative Stearns of Guilford, to report the following "Leave to Withdraw":

 

L.D. 741         An Act To Provide Equity in Education Funding

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 103)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

March 28, 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. 430         An Act To Amend the Exemption for Highway Contractors and Subcontractors under the Arborist Licensing Laws

 

Transportation

L.D. 624         An Act Concerning the Transporting of Dogs in Passenger Vehicles

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of House

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 104)

 

MAINE STATE LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF PROGRAM EVALUATION AND

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

 

TO:           Honorable Michael D. Thibodeau, President of the Senate

                  Honorable Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House

                  and Democratic and Republican Leaders

 

FROM:     S/Beth L. Ashcroft, Director

 

DATE:       March 24, 2017

 

RE:             Children's Licensing and Investigation Services

 

Attached please find the final report from the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability on Children's Licensing and Investigation Services.  The report is also available on our website at http://legislature.maine.gov/opega/opega-reports/9149.  The public comment period on this Report has been scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 220 Cross Building.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 236)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

March 23, 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 nomination:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Durward L. Humphrey of Benedicta for appointment to the Maine Land Use Planning Commission.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Infested by Brown-tail Moth Caterpillars"

(H.P. 818)  (L.D. 1181)

 

Sponsored by Representative TEPLER of Topsham.

Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc and Representatives: BATTLE of South Portland, BERRY of Bowdoinham, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DeCHANT of Bath, DEVIN of Newcastle, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, PIERCE of Dresden, Senator: DILL of Penobscot.

 

            (3-2)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Disclosure of Hormone-disrupting Chemicals in Packaged Food"

(H.P. 819)  (L.D. 1182)

 

Sponsored by Representative BATES of Westbrook.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland, CASÁS of Rockport, HARVELL of Farmington, O'NEIL of Saco, WADSWORTH of Hiram, WHITE of Washburn.

 

            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Increase Transparency in Cooperative Agreements within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry"

(H.P. 839)  (L.D. 1203)

 

Sponsored by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, DUNPHY of Old Town, GRANT of Gardiner, GROHMAN of Biddeford, KINNEY of Knox, MAREAN of Hollis, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

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

 

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            (3-4)  Bill "An Act To Expand Use of Electronic Monitoring in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Cases"

(H.P. 820)  (L.D. 1183)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, GINZLER of Bridgton, HEAD of Bethel, MALABY of Hancock, PICKETT of Dixfield, PIERCE of Dresden, STEWART of Presque Isle, WADSWORTH of Hiram.

 

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

 

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            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Exempt Public Safety Buildings from Historic Preservation Restrictions"

(H.P. 821)  (L.D. 1184)

 

Sponsored by Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: BRYANT of Windham, CEBRA of Naples, GRIGNON of Athens, MARTIN of Sinclair, ORDWAY of Standish, PICKETT of Dixfield, SAMPSON of Alfred, STEWART of Presque Isle.

 

            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Increase State Funding to Maine Public Charter Schools"

(H.P. 842)  (L.D. 1206)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representative: GINZLER of Bridgton.

 

            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Clarify Collective Bargaining in School Districts"

(H.P. 847)  (L.D. 1215)

 

Sponsored by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representative: HANDY of Lewiston.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-8)  Bill "An Act Regarding Renewable Portfolio Standards"

(H.P. 822)  (L.D. 1185)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

 

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

 

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            (3-9)  Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study and Assess Maine's Regulatory Environment

(H.P. 831)  (L.D. 1194)

 

Sponsored by Representative PIERCE of Dresden.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: CHACE of Durham, FOLEY of Wells, HANLEY of Pittston, HARLOW of Portland, KINNEY of Limington, PICKETT of Dixfield, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: CYRWAY of Kennebec.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-10)  Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Resource Guide for Assistance in Substance Abuse Matters

(H.P. 823)  (L.D. 1186)

 

Sponsored by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CHACE of Durham, FOLEY of Wells, HAMANN of South Portland, MALABY of Hancock, Senators: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, KATZ of Kennebec, WOODSOME of York.

 

            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Child Protective Services Statutes"

(H.P. 824)  (L.D. 1187)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CHAPMAN of Brooksville, NADEAU of Winslow, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, SAMPSON of Alfred.

 

            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Facilitate MaineCare-Funded Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes"

(H.P. 825)  (L.D. 1188)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Representatives: HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor, HERBIG of Belfast, PARKER of South Berwick.

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Define the Age of Consent for Alcohol or Drug Treatment and Mental Health Services"

(H.P. 826)  (L.D. 1189)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator HILL of York and Representative: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Enhance the Administration of the State's Group Health Plan" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 835)  (L.D. 1198)

 

Sponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells.

Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Promote Fiscal Responsibility in the Purchasing of Debt"

(H.P. 836)  (L.D. 1199)

 

Sponsored by Representative SANBORN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset and Representatives: CARDONE of Bangor, CASÁS of Rockport, FOLEY of Wells, GROHMAN of Biddeford, LAWRENCE of South Berwick, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-16)  Bill "An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions for Nondriving-related Violations"

(H.P. 827)  (L.D. 1190)

 

Sponsored by Representative MOONEN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator KEIM of Oxford and Representatives: HICKMAN of Winthrop, KINNEY of Limington, McLEAN of Gorham, WARREN of Hallowell, WINSOR of Norway, Senators: DIAMOND of Cumberland, KATZ of Kennebec, WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

            (3-17)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding Arbitration Privacy with Respect to Executive and Legislative Branch Employees"

(H.P. 848)  (L.D. 1216)

 

Sponsored by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representative: HANDY of Lewiston.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-18)  Bill "An Act Relating To the Licensure of Physicians and Surgeons"

(H.P. 837)  (L.D. 1200)

 

Sponsored by Representative HYMANSON of York.

 

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

 

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            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Make Technical Changes to Maine's Marine Resources Laws"

(H.P. 843)  (L.D. 1207)

 

Sponsored by Representative TUELL of East Machias.

Submitted by the Department of Marine Resources pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            Committee on MARINE RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Extend to One Year the Probationary Period for Certain Municipal Employee Positions"

(H.P. 828)  (L.D. 1191)

 

Sponsored by Representative SPEAR of South Thomaston.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: GILLWAY of Searsport, MADIGAN of Rumford.

 

            (3-21)  Bill "An Act To Require Maine Governmental Departments That Affect Citizen Health and Safety To Staff at Least 75 Percent of Available Positions"

(H.P. 829)  (L.D. 1192)

 

Sponsored by Representative TEPLER of Topsham.

Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, GATTINE of Westbrook, HAMANN of South Portland, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland.

 

            (3-22)  Bill "An Act To Ensure the Cost-efficiency of Contracting out Services by the State"

(H.P. 830)  (L.D. 1193)

 

Sponsored by Representative WARREN of Hallowell.

Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox and Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, JORGENSEN of Portland, MARTIN of Sinclair, McLEAN of Gorham, SPEAR of South Thomaston, TIPPING of Orono, Senator: DION of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-23)  Bill "An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Out of the Collection and Assessment of Personal Property Taxes"

(H.P. 832)  (L.D. 1195)

 

Sponsored by Representative CEBRA of Naples.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: LOCKMAN of Amherst, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, Senators: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, COLLINS of York, MASON of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-24)  Bill "An Act To Assist Seniors and Certain Persons with Disabilities in Paying Property Taxes"

(H.P. 833)  (L.D. 1196)

 

Sponsored by Representative BAILEY of Saco.

Cosponsored by Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, HERBIG of Belfast, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, Senator: CHENETTE of York.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-25)  Bill "An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming"

(H.P. 838)  (L.D. 1201)

 

Sponsored by Representative COLLINGS of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, RYKERSON of Kittery, SYLVESTER of Portland, TALBOT ROSS of Portland.

 

            (3-26)  Bill "An Act Regarding Absentee Voting by Residents of Nursing Homes and Other Residential Care Facilities"

(H.P. 840)  (L.D. 1204)

 

Sponsored by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, PARRY of Arundel, SIROCKI of Scarborough, WINSOR of Norway, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Veterans Service Laws"

(H.P. 844)  (L.D. 1208)

 

Sponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth.

Submitted by the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-28)  Bill "An Act to Support Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment and Recovery"

(H.P. 834)  (L.D. 1197)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington and Representatives: BLUME of York, CASÁS of Rockport, MALABY of Hancock, PARKER of South Berwick, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            (3-29)  Bill "An Act To Reserve for County Government One Percent of the Excise Tax Revenue from the Sale of Retail Marijuana"

(H.P. 845)  (L.D. 1209)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair.

 

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

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

            (3-30)  Representative HYMANSON for the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 asks leave to report that the accompanying Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21, Allowances for Home and Community Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 841)  (L.D. 1205)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

 

 

            (3-31)  Representative LUCHINI for the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 1124, subsection 4 asks leave to report that the accompanying Bill "An Act Regarding the Maine Clean Election Fund"

(H.P. 846)  (L.D. 1210)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  the Hermon High School Girls Cheerleading Team, of Hermon, which has won the Class B North Championship.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes on this achievement;

 

(SLS 49)

 

 

            (5-2)  Abe and Heather Furth, of Orono, who have received the Bion and Dorain Foster Entrepreneurship Award from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.  We extend to Abe and Heather Furth our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 118)

 

 

            (5-3)  Brendan Bruns, of Belfast, a wrestler for the Belfast High School Wrestling Team, who won the 113-pound title at the Class B State Championship.  We extend to Brendan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 134)

 

 

            (5-4)  Searsport District High School, of Searsport, which won the Maine Drama Festival Class B 2017 Regional Competition.  The school won with The Cost of a Drive, written by senior MacKenzie Philbrick, who codirected with drama director Chris Goosman.  We extend to everyone involved with the production our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 135)

 

 

            (5-5)  Noah Robbins, of Searsmont, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 35, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Noah built an equipment shed for the Ames Elementary School.  We extend our congratulations to Noah on this achievement;

 

(SLS 136)

 

 

            (5-6)  James Mersereau, of Machias, a student and basketball player at Machias Memorial High School, who recently scored his 1,000th career point.  We extend to James our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 137)

 

 

            (5-7)  the Machias Memorial High School Boys Basketball Team, of Machias, which won the Class D State Championship.  Members of the team include players Alex Wentzell, Russell Hanscom, John Massaad, Camon Johnson, Jordan Grant, Alessandro Marotta, Jacob Godfrey, James Mersereau, Noah Albert, Mark Anthony, Cody Eaton, Evan Dray, Mark Mersereau, Tyler Wentzell and Jakob Holland; managers Megan Preston and Jacob Sinford; volunteers Carlton Bragg and Logan Wood; assistant coach Dustin Getchell; and head coach James Getchell.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 138)

 

 

            (5-8)  Jacob Clark, of Brewer, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 76, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Jacob guided a team to place 28 interpretive trail signs at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and replace the pamphlets available at the trailhead.  We extend our congratulations to Jacob on this achievement;

 

(SLS 139)

 

 

            (5-9)  Alex Taylor-Lash, of Orland, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 102, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Alex rebuilt and rerouted a segment of hiking trail in the Witherle Woods Preserve in Castine that had eroded and was in significant disrepair.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 140)

 

 

            (5-10)  Erik Taylor-Lash, of Orland, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 102, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Erik built 12 rustic cedar benches for the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust Wildlands in Orland, which were placed near the entrances and at places with scenic views.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 141)

 

 

            (5-11)  the George Stevens Academy Boys Basketball Team, of Blue Hill, which won the Class C State Championship.  Members of the team include players Jarrod Chase, Beckett Slayton, Steven Wang, Taylor Schildroth, Max Mattson, Joe Norwood, Stefan Simmons, Tyler McKenney, Ben Cole, Percy Zentz, Reece Dannenberg, Eric Mote and Caden Mattson; student assistants Ethan Snow and Parker Snow; assistant coaches Matt Mattson and Cameron MacDonald; and coach Dwayne Carter.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 142)

 

 

            (5-12)  the George Stevens Academy Boys Basketball Team, of Blue Hill, which won the Class C North Championship.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 143)

 

 

            (5-13)  Megan Peach, of Garland, a senior at Dexter Regional High School and a member of the girls basketball team, who recently scored her 1,000th career point.  We extend to Megan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 144)

 

 

            (5-14)  the Dexter Regional High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team, of Dexter, which won the Class C North Championship.  Members of the team include players Cidney Pratt, Rebecca Batron, Addyson Herrick, Danielle Cummings, Kaitlyn Webber, Ashley Reynolds, Kaylee Deering, Kilee Lewis, Tory Asbury, Megan Peach, Abby Webber, Abbie Paige and Kayli Cunningham; managers Kaylee Harris and Rachel Sickles; assistant coaches Frank Reynolds, Mark Melvin and Haggie Pratt; and head coach Jody Grant.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 145)

 

 

            (5-15)  Glenn Vajda, of Windham, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 51, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Glenn renumbered mailboxes for the fire department, which relies on them during emergencies.  For those houses without mailboxes, he posted blue reflective signs with their street numbers.  We extend our congratulations to Glenn on this achievement;

 

(HLS 165)

Presented by Representative COREY of Windham.

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

 

 

            (5-16)  the Greely High School Boys Basketball Team, of Cumberland, which won the Class A State Championship.  The team's record this past season was 22-0.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 166)

Presented by Representative DENNO of Cumberland.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Senator CARSON of Cumberland, Representative CHACE of Durham.

 

 

            (5-17)  Isaac James Michaud, of Wells, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 356, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(HLS 168)

Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York, Representative HYMANSON of York.

 

 

            (5-18)  the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park, of Gray, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.  The group has made substantial contributions to the park over the years, including raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for over 14 different wildlife exhibits.  We extend to the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park our congratulations on this anniversary;

 

(HLS 169)

Presented by Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Representative DENNO of Cumberland.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-19)  John V. Sawyer, of Jonesport.  Mr. Sawyer was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served as an operations officer on the USS Ruchamkin.  After his service in the Navy, he worked as an ocean marine insurance underwriter and returned to Maine in 1970 to form the Worcester-Sawyer Agency.  He served on the board of directors of Union Trust Company in Ellsworth for 32 years, with 17 years of service as chairman.  Mr. Sawyer will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 167)

Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington, Representative TUELL of East Machias.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Refer to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development
Pursuant to Statute

 

            (6-1)  Representative MASTRACCIO for the Government Oversight Committee on Bill "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Evaluations of the State's Investments in Economic Development"

(H.P. 849)  (L.D. 1217)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 997, subsection 2.

 

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Change of Committee

 

            (6-2)  Representative KORNFIELD from the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Enhance the Safety of Schoolchildren by Requiring the Posting of the School Zone Speed Limit"

(H.P. 532)  (L.D. 752)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.

 

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Divided Report

 

            (6-3)  Majority Report of the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Eliminate Retirement Benefits and Paid Health Insurance for Legislators Elected after 2017"

(H.P. 18)  (L.D. 17)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    HAMPER of Oxford
                                    BREEN of Cumberland
                                    KATZ of Kennebec

            Representatives:
                                    GATTINE of Westbrook
                                    FREY of Bangor
                                    HUBBELL of Bar Harbor
                                    JORGENSEN of Portland
                                    MARTIN of Eagle Lake
                                    SEAVEY of Kennebunkport
                                    TEPLER of Topsham
                                    WINSOR of Norway

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-14) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    SIROCKI of Scarborough
                                    TIMBERLAKE of Turner

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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. 51)  (L.D. 132) Bill "An Act To Authorize Podiatrists To Perform Certain Routine Procedures"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-2)  (S.P. 207)  (L.D. 592) Bill "An Act To Enable the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company To Better Serve Maine Employers by Eliminating the High-risk Program"  Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-3)  (H.P. 503)  (L.D. 712) Resolve, To Designate a Portion of Route 43 in Corinth, Exeter and Corinna the Donald Strout, Sr., Memorial Highway  Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought to Pass

 

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Second Day

 

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

 

            (8-1)  (H.P. 191)  (L.D. 258) Bill "An Act To Amend the Charter of the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District"  (C. "A" H-15)

 

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BILLS IN THE SECOND READING

 

 

Senate as Amended in Non-Concurrence

 

            (9-1)  Bill "An Act To Increase the Size of Grants under the Maine State Grant Program"

(S.P. 11)  (L.D. 32)
(C. "A" S-7)

 

 

House

 

            (9-2)  Bill "An Act To Provide for Legislative Review of Federally Mandated Major Substantive Rules under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act"

(H.P. 24)  (L.D. 23)

 

 

House as Amended

 

            (9-3)  Bill "An Act To Add Vehicles Hauling Animal Bedding to Those Exempt from Posted Road Restrictions" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 164)  (L.D. 208)
(C. "A" H-13)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.

 

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ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Establish Speed Limits at Loring Commerce Centre and Brunswick Landing

(S.P. 45)  (L.D. 97)

 

 

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

 

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Emergency Measure

 

            (10-2)  Resolve, To Name the Bridge over the Penobscot River in the Towns of Enfield and Howland King's Bridge

(H.P. 227)  (L.D. 294)

 

 

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

 

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Acts

 

            (10-3)  An Act To Incorporate Protections for Living Donors into Maine Law

(H.P. 13)  (L.D. 12)
(C. "A" H-6)

 

            (10-4)  An Act To Clarify the Tax Laws for Title to Real Estate by Releasing Inheritance Tax Liens

(H.P. 59)  (L.D. 72)

 

            (10-5)  An Act To Prohibit Charging Maine Seniors Higher Automobile Insurance Premiums Based Solely on Their Age

(S.P. 96)  (L.D. 308)
(C. "A" S-6)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Thursday, March 23, 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 the Reverend James Haddix, of Holden

(HLS 70)

 

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

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Messalonskee High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team, of Oakland

(HLS 144)

 

TABLED - March 16, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative PERKINS of Oakland.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Messalonskee High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team, of Oakland

(HLS 145)

 

TABLED - March 16, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative PERKINS of Oakland.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Matthew Cote, of Sidney

(HLS 146)

 

TABLED - March 16, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative PERKINS of Oakland.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         Bill "An Act To Strengthen the Efficacy of the Medical Marijuana Laws"

(H.P. 798)  (L.D. 1135)

 

(Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested)

TABLED - March 23, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea.

PENDING - Motion of Representative HYMANSON of York to REFER to the Joint Select Committee on MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IMPLEMENTATION.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims' Bill of Rights

(S.P. 389)  (L.D. 1168)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

TABLED - March 23, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE June 21, 2017

 

NOTICE

 

House Divided Reports that will appear on the House Calendar later:

 

(1)  From the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on Bill "An Act To Extend Internet Availability in Rural Maine" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 303)  (L.D. 423)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-17)  (7 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (6 members)

 

(2)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Provide Matching Funds for Federal Community Development Block Grants"

(H.P. 123)  (L.D. 165)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-16)  (7 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (6 members)

 

(3)  From the Committee on Transportation on Bill "An Act To Allow Alternate Flashing Headlights on a School Bus"

(H.P. 29)  (L.D. 28)

 

Ought to Pass  (10 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (3 members)

 

(4)  From the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on Bill "An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President"

(H.P. 114)  (L.D. 156)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (7 members)
Ought to Pass  (6 members)

 

 

Robert B. Hunt
Clerk of the House

 

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

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Require That Information on Prisoners' Furlough Be Reported to the National Crime Information Center, Department of Public Safety and State Bureau of Identification"

(S.P. 394)  (L.D. 1173)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Expand Options for the Prevention of Domestic Violence"

(S.P. 396)  (L.D. 1175)

 

            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Clear a Path to Employment"

(S.P. 403)  (L.D. 1202)

 

            Come 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 To Sustain and Attract Skilled Workers to Maine by Improving the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program"

(S.P. 392)  (L.D. 1171)

 

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

 

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            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Ensure the Safety of Low-income Persons Who Are Deaf and Who Use Video and Captioned Phones by Providing Equitable Access to the Internet"

(S.P. 397)  (L.D. 1176)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-6)  Bill "An Act To Better Understand and Control Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species"

(S.P. 399)  (L.D. 1178)

 

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

 

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            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products"

(S.P. 391)  (L.D. 1170)

 

            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Create an Appeals Process for Child Care Providers"

(S.P. 398)  (L.D. 1177)

 

            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Create Fairness in Home-based Care Fees for Service"

(S.P. 408)  (L.D. 1214)

 

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

 

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            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Increase Funding for Programs That Support the Mission of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife"

(S.P. 400)  (L.D. 1179)

 

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

 

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            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Protect Taxpayers in the Privatization of State Services"

(S.P. 407)  (L.D. 1213)

 

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

 

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            (1-12)  Bill "An Act To Repeal the Maine Personal Property Tax"

(S.P. 393)  (L.D. 1172)

 

            (1-13)  Bill "An Act To Provide a Definition of 'Primary Residence' for Purposes of Property Tax Abatements Based on Hardship or Poverty"

(S.P. 401)  (L.D. 1180)

 

            (1-14)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Definition of 'Eligible Business Equipment' for the Purposes of the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program"

(S.P. 406)  (L.D. 1212)

 

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

 

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            (1-15)  Bill "An Act To Exempt Temporary Categorical Signs from the Identification Label Requirement for 6 Weeks Prior to the June and November Elections"

(S.P. 390)  (L.D. 1169)

 

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

 

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            (1-16)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Use of Public Money for Bulk Mailing in the Election Process"

(S.P. 395)  (L.D. 1174)

 

            (1-17)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Legislative Political Action Committees"

(S.P. 405)  (L.D. 1211)

 

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Change the Closing Date of Fishing Seasons" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 409)  (L.D. 1218)

 

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

 

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