Table of Contents

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

 


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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


 

30th Legislative Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Ms. Dorothy Evans, Troop Leader, Girl Scout Troop No. 39, Milford.

 

            Colors presented by Appleton Girl Scout Troop 2002.

 

            National Anthem by Dorothy Evans, Milford.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Lisa Torgersen, M.D., Rumford.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Thursday, April 13, 2017.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators"

(H.P. 970)  (L.D. 1396)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS in the House on April 11, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Separate the Authorities under the Licenses for Property and Casualty Insurance Adjusters and Workers' Compensation Insurance Adjusters"

(S.P. 323)  (L.D. 984)

 

            House INSISTED on its former action whereby the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on March 30, 2017.

 

- PLACED  in the Legislative Files Dead on March 30, 2017.

- RECALLED from the Legislative Files pursuant to Joint Order, S.P. 452.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Remove Barriers to Workforce Development in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and To Increase the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Certain Counselors"

(H.P. 955)  (L.D. 1376)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES in the House on April 11, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 129)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

April 18, 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 Mark W. Lawrence of South Berwick to serve as Speaker Pro Tem to convene the House on April 19, 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 130)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

April 18, 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 Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has approved the request by the sponsor, Senator Saviello of Franklin, to report the following "Leave to Withdraw":

 

L.D. 414         An Act To Create the Maine Forest Resources Council

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 131)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

April 18, 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 April 14, 2017

 

Honorable Barry J. Hobbins, Esq. of Saco for appointment as the Public Advocate.

 

Pursuant to Title 35-A, MRSA §1701-A, this appointment is 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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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 301)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 13, 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 Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

ˇ        Dr. Curtis C. Bohlen, Ph.D. of Pownal for reappointment to the Board of Pesticides Control

ˇ        Deven M. Morrill of Westbrook for reappointment to the Board of Pesticides Control

ˇ        James R. May of Mapleton for appointment to the Maine Land Use Planning Commission

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Transportation

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

ˇ        Honorable Brian D. Hobart of Bowdoinham for appointment to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

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

 

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 Relating to Firearms Exclusions in Certain Locations"

(H.P. 1008)  (L.D. 1469)

 

Sponsored by Representative KINNEY of Knox.

Cosponsored by Representative WARD of Dedham, Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SKOLFIELD of Weld, STETKIS of Canaan, SUTTON of Warren, WOOD of Greene, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

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

 

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            (3-2)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Student Privacy in the Digital Age"

(H.P. 1002)  (L.D. 1452)

 

Sponsored by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, FULLER of Lewiston, GINZLER of Bridgton, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, STEWART of Presque Isle, TURNER of Burlington, Senators: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, MASON of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Facilitate Voluntary Cooperation among School Systems"

(H.P. 1009)  (L.D. 1470)

 

Sponsored by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor.

 

            (3-4)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Deduction for MaineCare Payments from a School Administrative Unit's State Subsidy"

(H.P. 1010)  (L.D. 1471)

 

Sponsored by Representative SPEAR of South Thomaston.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland, HANDY of Lewiston, MELARAGNO of Auburn.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Safeguard Student Contact Information Provided to Schools"

(H.P. 1022)  (L.D. 1483)

 

Sponsored by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough.

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

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Lower the Costs of Broadband Service by Coordinating the Installation of Broadband Infrastructure"

(H.P. 1011)  (L.D. 1472)

 

Sponsored by Representative McLEAN of Gorham.

 

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

 

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            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing To Prevent Threats to Maine's Drinking Water" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1003)  (L.D. 1453)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: DUCHESNE of Hudson, Speaker GIDEON of Freeport, TUCKER of Brunswick, Senators: GRATWICK of Penobscot, JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act To Make Minor Changes and Corrections to Statutes Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection"

(H.P. 1012)  (L.D. 1473)

 

Sponsored by Representative TUCKER of Brunswick.

Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Reduce the Regulation of Child Care Facilities"

(H.P. 1013)  (L.D. 1474)

 

Sponsored by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: HANINGTON of Lincoln, HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor, NADEAU of Winslow, PICKETT of Dixfield, SANDERSON of Chelsea, STEARNS of Guilford, WADSWORTH of Hiram.

 

            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments in Families Today"

(H.P. 1014)  (L.D. 1475)

 

Sponsored by Speaker GIDEON of Freeport.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, GATTINE of Westbrook, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, McELWEE of Caribou, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, TUELL of East Machias, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Continued Coverage for Essential Health Care"

(H.P. 1015)  (L.D. 1476)

 

Sponsored by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell.

Cosponsored by Senator CARSON of Cumberland and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, DEVIN of Newcastle, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HERBIG of Belfast, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, PARKER of South Berwick, RECKITT of South Portland, SYLVESTER of Portland.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Coordinate and Enforce Existing Workplace Training Requirements"

(H.P. 1016)  (L.D. 1477)

 

Sponsored by Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: BATES of Westbrook, LOCKMAN of Amherst, STETKIS of Canaan, VACHON of Scarborough, Senator: LANGLEY of Hancock.

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

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Provide Support for Sustainable Economic Development in Rural Maine"

(H.P. 1017)  (L.D. 1478)

 

Sponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot and Representatives: HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, STANLEY of Medway, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

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

 

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            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Extend the Time for an Appeal of Limited Entry Fishing License Denial for Members of the Military"

(H.P. 1004)  (L.D. 1454)

 

Sponsored by Representative BATTLE of South Portland.

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

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Fund Research on and Management and Enforcement of the Eel and Elver Fisheries"

(H.P. 1005)  (L.D. 1455)

 

Sponsored by Representative SIMMONS of Waldoboro.

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

 

            Committee on MARINE RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Return the Duties of the State Compensation Commission To Make Recommendations for the Salaries of the Governor and Judges"

(H.P. 1006)  (L.D. 1456)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake.

Cosponsored by Representatives: Speaker GIDEON of Freeport, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HICKMAN of Winthrop.

 

            (3-17)  Bill "An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of the Town of Atkinson"

(H.P. 1023)  (L.D. 1484)

 

Sponsored by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft.

Submitted by the Office of the State Auditor pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Modernize and Improve Maine's Property Tax System"

(H.P. 1018)  (L.D. 1479)

 

Sponsored by Representative STANLEY of Medway.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Orrington, FARRIN of Norridgewock, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HARLOW of Portland, NADEAU of Winslow, RILEY of Jay, SKOLFIELD of Weld, Senator: CUSHING of Penobscot.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

 

 

            (3-19)  Representative LUCHINI for the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1009 asks leave to report that the accompanying Bill "An Act To Improve the Disclosure of Major Contributors Influencing Maine Elections"

(H.P. 1019)  (L.D. 1480)

 

            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)  Milton Calder, of Cumberland, who is retiring as a lieutenant of the Cumberland Police Department.  Lieutenant Calder worked for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office from 1980 to 1984 and for the Cumberland Police Department from 1984 to 1991.  He served as a reserve officer and returned to the department full time in 1997.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and to lieutenant in 2007.  In 2016, he served as acting chief.  We extend to Lieutenant Calder our congratulations on his retirement and offer him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 183)

 

 

            (5-2)  the Calvary Christian Academy Swordsmen, of Turner, which won the A.C.E.L. Basketball Championship.  Members of the team include players Curtis Blodgett, Aidan Kelley, Michael Scollon, CJ Grimbilas, Brian Hewitt, Jesse Stevens, Jared Berry, Caleb Chabe, Jonny Conner, Darin Hewitt, Isaac Staples, Kemuel Stevens, Joshua Berry, Alexandar Case, Jordan Fournier and Caleb Staples; junior varsity coach Jon Case; and coach Wes Clark.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 184)

 

 

            (5-3)  Lillian Tapia, of Van Buren, who is celebrating her 100th Birthday on July 28, 2017.  We extend to Ms. Tapia our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 185)

 

 

            (5-4)  Ann Marie Violette, of Van Buren, who celebrated her 100th Birthday on April 11, 2017.  We extend to Ms. Violette our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 186)

 

 

            (5-5)  Gerald and Sheril Peters, of Sangerville, who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on April 15, 2017.  We extend to Mr. and Mrs. Peters our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 187)

 

 

            (5-6)  Richard M. Brown, of Dover-Foxcroft, on his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte White Center, a comprehensive social service and health care agency serving adults and children.  Mr. Brown joined the center as its director when it opened in 1979 and has overseen its growth from serving 15 individuals to serving over 1,200 individuals and families.  We extend to Mr. Brown our congratulations on his retirement and offer him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 188)

 

 

            (5-7)  David Holt, of Norway, who is retiring after 28 years of service as Town Manager of the Town of Norway.  We extend to Mr. Holt our appreciation for his years of service to his community and offer him our congratulations on his retirement;

 

(HLS 236)

Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford, Representative HERRICK of Paris, Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-8)  Zane Dustin, of Hebron, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2017 graduating class of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Zane on his receiving this honor;

 

(HLS 237)

Presented by Representative HERRICK of Paris.

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

 

 

            (5-9)  Justen Levesque, of Durham, a Boy Scout who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Justen helped to revitalize Durham's Veterans Memorial Park by replacing flag poles and arranging for power to be provided for any type of memorial and for permanent lighting to properly illuminate the American flag.  We extend our congratulations to Justen on this achievement;

 

(HLS 239)

Presented by Representative CHACE of Durham.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin.

 

 

            (5-10)  Corliss Watson and Gay Kiesman, both of Fryeburg, both captains with the Fryeburg Fire Department, for their 140 years of combined service with the department.  Each has been an active member of the department for 70 years.  We extend to Captain Watson and Captain Kiesman our appreciation for their long service and offer them our best wishes;

 

(HLS 240)

Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-11)  Mason Corriveau, of Dixfield, a senior at Dirigo High School, who was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year by the Dirigo Recreation Board for his tireless commitment to the Dixfield Recreation Board and the Dixfield community.  We extend to Mason our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 241)

Presented by Representative PICKETT of Dixfield.

Cosponsored by Senator KEIM of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-12)  Jennifer McGee, of Oakland, principal of the Ralph M. Atwood Primary School, who has been named 2017 Principal of the Year by the Maine Principals' Association.  We extend to Ms. McGee our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 242)

Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville.

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

 

 

            (5-13)  Celine Lowell, of Scarborough, who has received the Girl Scout Gold Award.  This is the highest award in Senior Girl Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  We send our congratulations to her on this accomplishment;

 

(HLS 243)

Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland, Senator MILLETT of Cumberland, Representative VACHON of Scarborough, Representative McLEAN of Gorham.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-14)  Hilda J. Salisbury, of Otis.  Mrs. Salisbury, a talented artist and an avid gardener, was devoted to her family, by whom she will be long remembered and sadly missed;

 

(HLS 235)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock, Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-15)  Clifford F. Johnson, Jr., of Jonesport, a veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Clifford served in Vietnam, receiving the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for his heroism.  He worked in construction and served as a member of the Jonesport Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a member of American Legion Post #108, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Jonesport Lodge #188, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Anah Shriners in Bangor and United Bikers of Maine.  Mr. Johnson will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 46 years, Jane, and by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 238)

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 Health and Human Services
Pursuant to Public Law

 

            (6-1)  Representative HYMANSON for the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services on Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Provide Travel Vouchers to Persons with Disabilities in Rural Communities

(H.P. 1020)  (L.D. 1481)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES pursuant to Public Law 2015, chapter 452, section 3.

 

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Refer to the Committee on Judiciary
Pursuant to Statute

 

            (6-2)  Representative MOONEN for the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Existing Public Records Exceptions"

(H.P. 1021)  (L.D. 1482)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.

 

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Divided Report

 

            (6-3)  Majority Report of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-20) on Bill "An Act To Prohibit Taxpayer-funded Campaign Expenditures from Being Used on Post-election Parties"

(S.P. 135)  (L.D. 408)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MASON of Androscoggin
                                    CARPENTER of Aroostook
                                    COLLINS of York

            Representatives:
                                    LUCHINI of Ellsworth
                                    CASÁS of Rockport
                                    DILLINGHAM of Oxford
                                    FARRIN of Norridgewock
                                    HANINGTON of Lincoln
                                    LONGSTAFF of Waterville
                                    SCHNECK of Bangor
                                    WHITE of Washburn

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

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    HICKMAN of Winthrop
                                    MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth

            Comes from the Senate with the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-20).

 

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            (6-4)  Majority Report of the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Allow the Sale of Saltwater Smelt for Bait"

(H.P. 433)  (L.D. 617)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MAKER of Washington
                                    VITELLI of Sagadahoc

            Representatives:
                                    KUMIEGA of Deer Isle
                                    ALLEY of Beals
                                    BATTLE of South Portland
                                    BLUME of York
                                    DEVIN of Newcastle
                                    HAGGAN of Hampden
                                    SIMMONS of Waldoboro
                                    SUTTON of Warren
                                    TUELL of East Machias

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor

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            (6-5)  Majority Report of the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-33) on Bill "An Act To Ensure Appropriate Training for Harbor Masters"

(H.P. 438)  (L.D. 622)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MAKER of Washington
                                    BRAKEY of Androscoggin
                                    VITELLI of Sagadahoc

            Representatives:
                                    KUMIEGA of Deer Isle
                                    ALLEY of Beals
                                    BATTLE of South Portland
                                    BLUME of York
                                    DEVIN of Newcastle
                                    SIMMONS of Waldoboro
                                    TUELL of East Machias

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

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    HAGGAN of Hampden
                                    HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor
                                    SUTTON of Warren

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            (6-6)  Majority Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-31) on Bill "An Act To Establish Maine Buy Local Month"

(H.P. 293)  (L.D. 402)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    DESCHAMBAULT of York

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

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

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    DAVIS of Piscataquis
                                    KEIM of Oxford

            Representatives:
                                    HARRINGTON of Sanford
                                    ORDWAY of Standish
                                    PICKETT of Dixfield

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            (6-7)  Majority Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Incentivize Legislative Carpooling"

(H.P. 451)  (L.D. 635)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    DAVIS of Piscataquis
                                    KEIM of Oxford

            Representatives:
                                    MARTIN of Sinclair
                                    BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland
                                    BRYANT of Windham
                                    GRIGNON of Athens
                                    HARRINGTON of Sanford
                                    HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach
                                    MADIGAN of Rumford
                                    ORDWAY of Standish
                                    PICKETT of Dixfield

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-32) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    DESCHAMBAULT of York

            Representative:
                                    SPEAR of South Thomaston

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            (6-8)  Majority Report of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Improve Requirements for Reporting to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices"

(H.P. 507)  (L.D. 716)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    CARPENTER of Aroostook

            Representatives:
                                    LUCHINI of Ellsworth
                                    CASÁS of Rockport
                                    HICKMAN of Winthrop
                                    LONGSTAFF of Waterville
                                    MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth
                                    SCHNECK of Bangor

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MASON of Androscoggin
                                    COLLINS of York

            Representatives:
                                    DILLINGHAM of Oxford
                                    FARRIN of Norridgewock
                                    HANINGTON of Lincoln
                                    WHITE of Washburn

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            (6-9)  Majority Report of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act Regarding Advertisements by Maine Clean Election Act Candidates"

(H.P. 571)  (L.D. 791)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    CARPENTER of Aroostook

            Representatives:
                                    LUCHINI of Ellsworth
                                    CASÁS of Rockport
                                    HICKMAN of Winthrop
                                    LONGSTAFF of Waterville
                                    MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth
                                    SCHNECK of Bangor

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-30) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MASON of Androscoggin
                                    COLLINS of York

            Representatives:
                                    DILLINGHAM of Oxford
                                    FARRIN of Norridgewock
                                    HANINGTON of Lincoln
                                    WHITE of Washburn

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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. 137)  (L.D. 410) Bill "An Act To Except from the Freedom of Access Act Certain Information in the Possession of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System"  Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-2)  (S.P. 271)  (L.D. 825) Bill "An Act To Ensure Direct Dialing of 911 from Multiline Telephone Systems"  Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-3)  (S.P. 85)  (L.D. 239) Bill "An Act To Require National Banks To Cooperate in the Administration of the General Assistance Program"  Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-24)

 

            (7-4)  (S.P. 101)  (L.D. 313) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Prior Employees of the Workers' Compensation Board"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-23)

 

            (7-5)  (S.P. 148)  (L.D. 446) Bill "An Act To Allow Campgrounds To Obtain Licenses To Operate Beano or Bingo Games"  Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-21)

 

            (7-6)  (H.P. 378)  (L.D. 534) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Circumstances of Death That Must Be Reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner"  Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-7)  (H.P. 86)  (L.D. 118) Bill "An Act To Require Moped Riders under 18 Years of Age To Wear a Helmet"  Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-36)

 

            (7-8)  (H.P. 108)  (L.D. 150) Bill "An Act Regarding the Funding of Volunteer Fire Departments"  Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-46)

 

            (7-9)  (H.P. 428)  (L.D. 612) Bill "An Act To Improve Vocational Rehabilitation under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-44)

 

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ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Provide Opportunity for Energy Cost Reduction for Maine Businesses and Citizens

(S.P. 110)  (L.D. 344)
(C. "A" S-16)

 

            (10-2)  An Act To Clarify That the Department of Transportation Is Exempt from Property Assessment Liabilities When Acquiring Property by Condemnation

(H.P. 284)  (L.D. 393)
(C. "A" H-23)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Thursday, April 13, 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 William D. Morris, of Saco

(HLS 104)

 

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

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         SENATE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (10) Ought to Pass - Minority (3) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on TRANSPORTATION on Bill "An Act To Allow the Formation of Transportation Corridor Districts"

(S.P. 161)  (L.D. 500)

 

- In Senate, Minority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED.

TABLED - April 6, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         Resolve, Regarding Court Facilities in York County

(S.P. 427)  (L.D. 1264)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY.

TABLED - April 11, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Spruce Mountain High School Girls Alpine Ski Team, of Jay

(HLS 202)

 

TABLED - April 11, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative RILEY of Jay.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Matthew Harrison, of Eastport

(HLS 228)

 

TABLED - April 11, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative TUELL of East Machias.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

11.       HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-28) - Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT on Bill "An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise"

(H.P. 384)  (L.D. 540)

 

TABLED - April 13, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF COMMITTEE REPORT. (Roll Call Ordered)

 

 

 

 

 

12.       JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES FOR CALLING A CONVENTION TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO LIMIT THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

(H.P. 987)

 

TABLED - April 13, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ADOPTION (2/3 Vote Required).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Education and Cultural Affairs on Bill "An Act To Provide $500,000 of Matching Funds over 4 Years through Appropriations and Allocations To Preserve Rural Heritage and Living History Pertaining to Science and Technology in Penobscot and York Counties"

(H.P. 530)  (L.D. 750)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (11 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-40)  (1 member)

 

(2)  From the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on Bill "An Act To Ensure Resiliency of the Maine Electrical Grid"

(H.P. 373)  (L.D. 529)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-45)  (8 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (5 members)

 

(3)  From the Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill "An Act To Reimburse Nursing Homes for the Loss of Coinsurance and Deductibles for Skilled Nursing Beds under Rules Adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services"

(H.P. 21)  (L.D. 20)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-39)  (11 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (1 member)

 

(4)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Improve Insurance Coverage for First Responders Answering a Call to Duty"

(H.P. 54)  (L.D. 67)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-43)  (7 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (6 members)

 

(5)  From the Committee on Transportation on Bill "An Act To Require Biennial State Motor Vehicle Inspections"

(H.P. 439)  (L.D. 623)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (10 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-37)  (3 members)

 

(6)  From the Committee on Transportation on Bill "An Act To Allow Learner's Permits To Be Issued by Driver Education Schools"

(H.P. 626)  (L.D. 877)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-38)  (8 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (5 members)

 

(7)  From the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Bill "An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 370)  (L.D. 526)

 

Report "A" reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-41)  (7 members)
Report "B" reporting Ought Not to Pass  (4 members)
Report "C" reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-42)  (2 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, April 18, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Rename and Repurpose the Mountain View Youth Development Center as the Mountain View Correctional Facility and To Eliminate the Charleston Correctional Facility as a Facility Separate from Mountain View" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 503)  (L.D. 1457)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Law Relating to the Crime of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 504)  (L.D. 1458)

 

            (1-3)  Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Facilitate the Acquisition of Basic Emergency Medical Training in Rural Communities in the State

(S.P. 508)  (L.D. 1462)

 

            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 Address Severe and Ongoing Shortfalls in the Funding of Direct Care Workers in Long-term Care Settings and To Establish the Commission To Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 512)  (L.D. 1466)

 

            (1-5)  Bill "An Act Regarding MaineCare Coverage for Telehealth Services"

(S.P. 515)  (L.D. 1485)

 

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

 

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            (1-6)  Bill "An Act To Protect Elders from Financial Exploitation and Ensure the Efficient Use of Litigation Resources for the State"

(S.P. 511)  (L.D. 1465)

 

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

 

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            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Motor Vehicle Dealers"

(S.P. 509)  (L.D. 1463)

 

            (1-8)  Bill "An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Full-time Seasonal Workers"

(S.P. 510)  (L.D. 1464)

 

            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Expand Competitive Skills Scholarships and Strengthen Maine's Workforce Development Programs"

(S.P. 513)  (L.D. 1467)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Expand Application of the Maine State Housing Authority's Arsenic Abatement Program"

(S.P. 514)  (L.D. 1468)

 

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

 

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            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Protect the Public from Dangerous Buildings"

(S.P. 505)  (L.D. 1459)

 

            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 Encourage the Construction of Affordable Housing"

(S.P. 507)  (L.D. 1461)

 

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

 

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            (1-13)  Bill "An Act To Remove the Secretary of State's Authority To Authorize Agents To Issue Noncommercial Driver's License Renewals and Nondriver Identification Card Renewals"

(S.P. 506)  (L.D. 1460)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION 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, April 18, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 132)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

April 14, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 172 "An Act to Improve Officer Safety at Roadside Incidents."

 

This bill would allow police to use red emergency lights on their vehicles.  The bill specifies that 50 percent of the emergency lights on police vehicles may be red.  My objections to this bill are many.  First, and most importantly, we need to have uniformity when it comes to emergency lighting.  It would be bad policy to have such a multitude of different colored lights on emergency vehicles that motorists are not able to identify one type of emergency vehicle from another.

 

Second, different colored emergency lights are treated differently by motorists. Since becoming Governor, I have had the privilege of being driven around the State by my Executive Protection Unit.  Because I do not have to concentrate on driving, I have been able to watch the driving habits of my fellow citizens.  In my travels, I have noticed motorists pull over much less frequently for red lights than they do for blue lights.

 

And the third flaw with this bill is that it allows red lights, but does not mandate them.  Because of this, some departments would likely allow red lights and some would not.  This patchwork approach would lead to confusion.  Finally, if we were to mandate the use of red lights by police, then the Legislature should fund this local mandate.

 

Because LD 172 fails to take into account these important public safety hazards, I cannot support it.  For this reason, I return LD 172 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Improve Officer Safety at Roadside Incidents

(H.P. 128)  (L.D. 172)

 

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