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
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 6
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 7
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 8
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts

 


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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


 

61st Legislative Day

Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Reverend David Matson, Saint Matthew's and Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Hallowell.

 

            National Anthem by Delia Reis, Hall-Dale Middle School, Farmingdale.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Reading of the Journal of yesterday.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Resolution:  (S.P. 593)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING OFFICER DAVID BAILEY, OFFICER CRYSTAL GRINER AND OFFICER HENRY CABRERA OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE

 

            WHEREAS, more than 2,100 officers and civilians work for the United States Capitol Police in the District of Columbia; and

 

            WHEREAS, the United States Capitol Police force is tasked with protecting the members, employees, visitors and facilities of the United States Congress; and

 

            WHEREAS, the jurisdiction of the United States Capitol Police also includes providing security outside of Washington, D.C. when required for members of the United States Congress; and

 

            WHEREAS, on June 13, 2017, the Republican team holding a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game at a field in Alexandria, Virginia was attacked by a gunman, who wounded 5 persons including the United States House of Representatives, Representative Majority Whip Stephen Scalise; and

 

            WHEREAS, 3 officers of the United States Capitol Police, David Bailey, Crystal Griner and Henry Cabrera, immediately returned fire; and

 

            WHEREAS, Officers Bailey and Griner rushed at the gunman, despite receiving wounds and, with Officer Cabrera, continued to fire; and

 

            WHEREAS, after a 10 minute shootout, the gunman was shot and killed by the officers; and

 

            WHEREAS, were it not for the presence of Officers Bailey, Griner and Cabrera, many lives would have been lost; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty eighth Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to recognize Officer David Bailey, Officer Crystal Griner and Officer Henry Cabrera of the United States Capitol Police for their bravery and their disregard for their personal safety, which led to their heroic response to this tragic event.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ADOPTED.

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of First Responders"

(H.P. 1036)  (L.D. 1512)

 

            House INSISTED on its former action whereby the Report "C" (2) OUGHT NOT TO PASS of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY was READ and ACCEPTED in the House on June 20, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with Report "B" (3) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (H-512) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 268)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 20, 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 1598, "An Act To Allow the Commercial Growth and Sale of Water Spinach in the State."

 

This bill would prohibit the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) from objecting to the approval of a federal permit to grow a noxious aquatic weed known as water spinach. The State has requested that the USDA deny these permits for a number of years because Maine has aquatic weed problems. This problem has become very expensive to combat and is affecting our valuable natural resources.

 

I fully support DACF working with any individual with permitting issues, but it is not right to mandate in statute that the department take a position on a permit when it may not be in the best interest of all Mainers.

 

For this reason, I return LD 1598 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 Allow the Commercial Growth and Sale of Water Spinach in the State

(H.P. 1101)  (L.D. 1598)
(C. "A" H-380)

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 272)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 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 Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1441, "An Act To Create Veteran-friendly Workplaces."

 

My administration has made meeting the needs of veterans and attracting them to settle and work in our state a priority. I recognize the need of many of our returning veterans to access health services at the VA and how critical that access is for veterans with a service-connected disability. 

 

The deteriorating state of the healthcare system for our returning veterans provided through the federal Department of Veteran's Affairs is a national embarrassment. Appointments are hard to schedule, and many of the veterans are forced to travel quite a distance from home or work to Togus to receive care, rather than be able to access services conveniently in their communities. These are the problems this bill seeks to address by mandating that employers of all sizes grant unlimited sick time to veterans so they can travel to scheduled appointments. 

 

State law should not be trying to fix the problems created by the federal government's inadequate and disgraceful management of their own programs. Instead of solving the problems with the VA and ensuring our veterans receive convenient, high-quality care close to home—which requires a federal solution—this bill mandates our employers of all sizes provide unlimited sick leave for veterans.  Although employers with fewer than 25 employees are only mandated to provide such leave if given a two-week notice, there is no exemption for small businesses. 

 

If a business has three employees, and one worker is on maternity leave, one wants to take a week off for a honeymoon and the third is a veteran who has scheduled a medical appointment with two weeks' notice during the same week the employee is requesting the honeymoon, this law would require the employer either to deny the honeymoon leave request or to close the business while the veteran is out. That is an unreasonable burden to place on employers, and one that might actually discourage the hiring of veterans—the opposite of what the title of this bill purports to do. We should not be taking any action that could discourage veteran hires.

 

If this bill were amended to provide employers with reasonable exemptions to deny this medical leave in limited circumstances, as does our successful law granting leave for victims of domestic violence in Title 26 §850, I could then support this bill.

 

For this reason I am returning LD 1441 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item An Act To Create Veteran-friendly Workplaces

(H.P. 996)  (L.D. 1441)
(C. "A" H-369)

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 273)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 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 1122, "An Act To Amend the Campaign Reports and Finances Law and the Maine Clean Election Act."

 

Because our system of government depends on the electoral process, I am of the opinion that election law should be very clear and easy to understand. I also think election law should not favor one candidate over another. This bill violates these two preferences.

 

This bill purports to add ballot questions to the statutory definition of "election." However, the actual language of the bill simply adds "any referendum" to the definition. Citizen initiatives are different from referenda. Are citizen initiatives going to be included in the definition of "election"? Were they intended to be? The plain language of the bill suggests they will not be included. This bill presents confusion as to the most fundamental question in election law: "What is the meaning of 'election'?" As such, the bill fails to meet the standard of being clear and easy to understand.

 

The bill also removes a reporting requirement for those who run unopposed in primary elections.  As everyone knows, primary elections are by their nature contentious. This bill would present an uneven playing field for those who have primary opponents and those who do not. It is easy to imagine a scenario whereby two candidates are on the primary ballot, one opposed and one unopposed. Both could be late meeting the mandatory 24-hour reporting rule. Under current law, they would be held to the same standard, and both would have to deal with the attendant penalties and public reaction. Under the terms of this bill, only the candidate running in the opposed primary would have to worry about the 24-hour reporting rule.  This bill provides for inequality before the law and is fundamentally unfair.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1122 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-6)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Campaign Reports and Finances Law and the Maine Clean Election Act

(H.P. 786)  (L.D. 1122)
(C. "A" H-367)

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 538)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 19, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it committed the Bill "An Act Regarding Parental Rights" (H.P. 335) (L.D. 472) to the Committee on Judiciary, in non-concurrence.

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it accepted

 

·        the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on Bill "An Act To Allow Municipalities To Prohibit Weapons at Municipal Public Proceedings and Voting Places" (H.P. 257) (L.D. 351), in non-concurrence;

 

·        the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on "RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit Payment Per Signature for Citizen Petition Drives" (H.P. 39) (L.D. 53), in non-concurrence;

 

·        the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on Bill "An Act Regarding the Disclosure of Hormone-disrupting Chemicals in Packaged Food" (H.P. 819) (L.D. 1182), in non-concurrence;

 

·        the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report from the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development and Passage to be Engrossed as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-356) on Bill "An Act To Eliminate the Indexing of the Minimum Wage to Inflation" (H.P. 558) (L.D. 778), in non-concurrence;

 

·        the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act" (H.P. 862) (L.D. 1239), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-8)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 539)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 19, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Senate Paper 168, Legislative Document 507, "An Act To Establish Regional School Leadership Academies," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

House Paper 104, Legislative Document 146, "Act To Protect the Confidentiality of State and Local Government Employees' Private Information," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

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

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 540)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it accepted the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Health and Human Services on Resolve, To Reduce MaineCare Spending through Targeted Nutrition Interventions (H.P. 991) (L.D. 1436), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-10)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 541)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it accepted

 

·        the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, on Bill "An Act To Recognize and Provide for the Right of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Operate a Casino on Houlton Band Trust Land Exempt from Certain Gaming Laws" (H.P. 999) (L.D. 1447), in non-concurrence;

 

·        the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report from the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and Passage to be Engrossed as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-147) on Bill "An Act To Require A Person To Notify Law Enforcement Officers of the Possession of a Hypodermic Needle" (H.P. 716) (L.D. 1014), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 544)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Senate Paper 206, Legislative Document 591, "An Act To Require Motorists To Yield to Transit Buses," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Clarify Licensing Provisions for the Manufacture and Sale of Liquor" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1133)  (L.D. 1642)

 

Sponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth.

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

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Oliver T. Higgins, of Bangor, a senior at Bangor High School, who is a recipient of a 2017 Principal's Award for outstanding academic achievement and citizenship, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association.  We extend our congratulations to Oliver on his receiving this award;

 

(SLS 475)

 

 

            (5-2)  the Scarborough High School Softball Team, of Scarborough, which won the Class A State Championship.  The team finished a fourth straight undefeated season.  Members of the team include players Hannah Dobecki, Mikayla Plummer, Chloe Griffin, Courtney Brochu, Lindsey Kelley, Lilly Volk, Bella Dickinson, Laura Powell, Abby Roy, Mia Kelley, Hunter Greenleaf, Hannah Ricker, Hannah Gower, Emily Jefferds, Felicia O'Reilly, Ivy DiBiase, Abbie Murrell, Sam Carriero and Ava McDonald; assistant coaches Charlie Andreson, Liz Winslow, Mike Bogart and Mo Hannan; and coach Tom Griffin.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 488)

 

 

            (5-3)  Steve and Gail Guthrie, of Scarborough, who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 20, 2017.  We extend to Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 489)

 

 

            (5-4)  Benjamin Batoosingh, of Scarborough, a student at Scarborough High School, who won the 400 Meter Dash at the Class A State Outdoor Track Championship with a time of 50.43 seconds.  We extend to Benjamin our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 497)

 

 

            (5-5)  Sam Rusak, of Scarborough, a student at Scarborough High School, who won the Pole Vault at the Class A State Outdoor Track Championship, clearing the bar at 16 feet.  We extend to Sam our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 498)

 

 

            (5-6)  the Scarborough High School Boys Outdoor Track Team, of Scarborough, which won the Class A State Outdoor Track Championship, the team's second straight championship title and their third in the past five years.  Members of the team include Benjamin Batoosingh, Jarod Beers, Akash Bhatnagar, Lasse Bolbrugge, Anthony Breen, Liam Bridgham, Justin Castaldo, Daniel Chaplick, Anthony Clavette, Connor Coffin, Tristram Coffin, Cameron Deniso, Jason Derrick, Alex Dionne, Noah Drapeau, Wiliam Ducott, Bradley DuPerre, Brian Farino, Jarett Flaker, Andrew Gardner, Anthony Gatti, Tyler Gobeil, Jacob Goff, Andrew Bolduc, Ian Gott, Thomas Hanson, Benjamin Hatch, Jonathan Hayes, Sawyer Hebert, Noah Howitt, Ryan Jacquet, Michael Jamison, Kyle Jordan, Connor Langlois, Erik Larkin, Brandon L'Heureux, Shamus Malia, Peter Martin, Camden McFadden, Heath McSorley, James Mullen, Connor Oliver, William Onorato, Harrison Osborne, Sebastian Osborne, Gunnar Phetteplace, Charles Piper, Sam Rusak, Kyle Schuler, Connor Thompson, Alexander Wright and Lucas Wright.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 499)

 

 

            (5-7)  Nicholas R. Burgess, of Kennebunkport, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 304, 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, Nicholas built several agility structures for the Kennebunk Dog Park.  We extend our congratulations to Nicholas on this achievement;

 

(SLS 501)

 

 

            (5-8)  Timothy R. Burgess, of Kennebunkport, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 304, 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, Timothy built a display case for the Kennebunkport Fire Department to use for recruiting volunteer members.  We extend our congratulations to Timothy on this achievement;

 

(SLS 502)

 

 

            (5-9)  Joshua Andrews Emery, of Newport, 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.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 503)

 

 

            (5-10)  John Dever, of Bath, a teacher at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, who has been named Sagadahoc County Teacher of the Year.  We extend to Mr. Dever our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 504)

 

 

            (5-11)  Pat Gallant-Charette, of Westbrook, a noted open-water swimmer, who at 66 years of age has become the oldest woman ever to swim across the English Channel.  Last August, she became the oldest woman to swim across the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland.  We extend to Ms. Gallant-Charette our congratulations on her accomplishments and offer her our best wishes;

 

(HLS 588)

Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland, Senator BREEN of Cumberland, Representative BATES of Westbrook.

 

 

            (5-12)  the Norway Water District, which earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers certification from the Maine Department of Labor.  This certification, also known as SHAPE, recognizes public sector organizations that voluntarily undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workplace.  We congratulate the Norway Water District on its receiving this certification;

 

(HLS 589)

Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-13)  the Kennebunk High School Girls Lacrosse Team, of Kennebunk, which won the 2017 Class B State Championship, successfully defending their conference and state titles.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 591)

Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York, Representative SEAVEY of Kennebunkport.

 

 

            (5-14)  Jake Brewer, of Southport Island, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 238, 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 made a video for Boothbay Railway Museum explaining how a steam locomotive works and built shelving for the monitor displaying the video.  We extend our congratulations to Jake on this achievement;

 

(HLS 592)

Presented by Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln.

 

 

            (5-15)  Jacob Bishopp, of Boothbay, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 238, 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 created a park adjacent to the Southport United Methodist Church, built 2 benches and refurbished a picnic table.  We extend our congratulations to Jacob on this achievement;

 

(HLS 593)

Presented by Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln.

 

 

            (5-16)  Draco Peaslee, of Boothbay, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 238, 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, Draco made a number of accessibility improvements at the Boothbay Region Fish and Game Association clubhouse.  We extend our congratulations to Draco on this achievement;

 

(HLS 594)

Presented by Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln.

 

 

            (5-17)  the Skowhegan Area High School Softball Team, of Skowhegan, which won the Class A North Championship.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 595)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

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

 

 

            (5-18)  the Madison Area Memorial High School Softball Team, of Madison, which won the Class C South Championship.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 596)

Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock.

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

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-19)  William L. Prentice, of Lebanon, a veteran of the United States Air Force.  For 25 years, Mr. Prentice was employed by General Electric as a maintenance technician.  He was a founding member of the Lebanon American Legion, which he served as sergeant at arms.  During his retirement, Mr. Prentice was a volunteer at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, New Hampshire.  Mr. Prentice will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 590)

Presented by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York.

 

 

            (5-20)  Louis George Cote, of Orland.  Mr. Cote was a member of the Orono, Old Town and Orland fire departments for 42 years.  He was a track official and a volunteer coach, served on the Orland school board, engaged in fire prevention and drove a school bus for Orland and Brewer.  Mr. Cote will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 35 years, Debra, and by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 597)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act Regarding Possession of a Firearm on School Property"

(S.P. 327)  (L.D. 988)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock
                                    MAKER of Washington
                                    MILLETT of Cumberland

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

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-174) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

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

            Comes from the Senate with the Reports READ and the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

 

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            (6-2)  Majority Report of the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Conform State Law to Federal Law While Promoting Safe Working Environments for Minors"

(S.P. 548)  (L.D. 1564)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    BELLOWS of Kennebec

            Representatives:
                                    FECTEAU of Biddeford
                                    BATES of Westbrook
                                    DUNPHY of Old Town
                                    HANDY of Lewiston
                                    MASTRACCIO of Sanford
                                    SYLVESTER of Portland

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-251) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    VOLK of Cumberland
                                    LANGLEY of Hancock

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

            Comes from the Senate with the Minority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-251) AND SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-279).

 

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            (6-3)  Majority Report of the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Reform Welfare for Increased Security and Employment"

(H.P. 1115)  (L.D. 1620)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    CHIPMAN of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    HYMANSON of York
                                    DENNO of Cumberland
                                    HAMANN of South Portland
                                    MADIGAN of Waterville
                                    PARKER of South Berwick
                                    PERRY of Calais

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-536) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    BRAKEY of Androscoggin
                                    HAMPER of Oxford

            Representatives:
                                    CHACE of Durham
                                    HEAD of Bethel
                                    MALABY of Hancock
                                    SANDERSON of Chelsea

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            (6-4)  Majority Report of the Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Provide an Exemption from Road Association Payments for Landowners Whose Primary Access Is Not over the Road"

(H.P. 381)  (L.D. 537)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    HILL of York

            Representatives:
                                    MOONEN of Portland
                                    BABBIDGE of Kennebunk
                                    BAILEY of Saco
                                    CARDONE of Bangor
                                    McCREIGHT of Harpswell
                                    RECKITT of South Portland

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-531) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    KEIM of Oxford
                                    WHITTEMORE of Somerset

            Representatives:
                                    BRADSTREET of Vassalboro
                                    GUERIN of Glenburn
                                    JOHANSEN of Monticello
                                    SHERMAN of Hodgdon

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            (6-5)  Majority Report of the Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-532) on Bill "An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions for Nondriving-related Violations"

(H.P. 827)  (L.D. 1190)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    KEIM of Oxford
                                    HILL of York
                                    WHITTEMORE of Somerset

            Representatives:
                                    MOONEN of Portland
                                    BABBIDGE of Kennebunk
                                    BAILEY of Saco
                                    BRADSTREET of Vassalboro
                                    CARDONE of Bangor
                                    McCREIGHT of Harpswell
                                    RECKITT of South Portland
                                    SHERMAN of Hodgdon

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

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    GUERIN of Glenburn
                                    JOHANSEN of Monticello

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            (6-6)  Eight Members of the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES report in Report "A" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-533) on Bill "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group To Study Background Checks for Child Care Facilities and Providers"

(H.P. 207)  (L.D. 274)

 

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    BRAKEY of Androscoggin
                                    CHIPMAN of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    HYMANSON of York
                                    DENNO of Cumberland
                                    HAMANN of South Portland
                                    MADIGAN of Waterville
                                    PARKER of South Berwick
                                    PERRY of Calais

            Three Members of the same Committee report in Report "B" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-534) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

 

            Representatives:
                                    CHACE of Durham
                                    HEAD of Bethel
                                    MALABY of Hancock

            Two Members of the same Committee report in Report "C" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "C" (H-535) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    HAMPER of Oxford

            Representative:
                                    SANDERSON of Chelsea

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

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

 

            (7-1)  (S.P. 591)  (L.D. 1639) Bill "An Act To Promote Major Business Headquarters Expansions in Maine, Promote the Commercialization of Research and Development in Maine and Create Jobs"  Committee on TAXATION reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-294)

 

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ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Provide Consistency with Regard to Jury Duty Exemption

(S.P. 26)  (L.D. 46)
(C. "A" S-46)

 

            (10-2)  An Act To Increase the Penalty for Allowing Wildlife in Captivity To Escape in Violation of a Permit Requirement

(S.P. 91)  (L.D. 305)
(C. "B" S-284)

 

            (10-3)  An Act To Amend the Archives and Records Management Law

(S.P. 549)  (L.D. 1567)
(C. "A" S-285)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment yesterday, 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 DaPonte String Quartet, of Damariscotta

(HLS 357)

 

TABLED - May 11, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         SENATE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought to Pass - Minority (6) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act To Protect Worker Wages and Benefits"

(S.P. 35)  (L.D. 86)

 

- In Senate, Majority OUGHT TO PASS Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-100).

TABLED - May 18, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Bill "An Act To Protect the Integrity of Maine Elections by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting"

(H.P. 1122)  (L.D. 1627)

 

(Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested)

TABLED - June 1, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Report "A" (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-401) - Report "B" (5) Ought Not to Pass - Report "C" (1) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-402) - Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES on Bill "An Act To Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments in Families Today"

(H.P. 1014)  (L.D. 1475)

 

TABLED - June 5, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HYMANSON of York.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF ANY REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Bill "An Act To Repeal the Law Permitting Advance Deposit Wagering"

(S.P. 581)  (L.D. 1631)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.

TABLED - June 5, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-428) - Minority (6) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act Regarding the Maine Length of Service Award Program Board of Trustees"

(H.P. 866)  (L.D. 1243)

 

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

PENDING - Motion of same Representative to ACCEPT the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (8) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-220) - Minority (4) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY on Bill "An Act To Increase the Penalty for Aggravated Sex Trafficking"

(H.P. 183)  (L.D. 250)

 

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

PENDING - Motion of Representative WARREN of Hallowell to ACCEPT the Minority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report. (Roll Call Ordered)

 

 

 

 

 

8.         HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-443) - Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Process for a Single Municipality To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit"

(H.P. 930)  (L.D. 1336)

 

TABLED - June 8, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF COMMITTEE REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         Bill "An Act To Promote Workforce Participation" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 344)  (L.D. 481)

 

- In House, Majority (7) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-326) on June 7, 2017.

- In Senate, Minority (6) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (H-327) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - June 12, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-482) - Minority (6) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES on Bill "An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 120)  (L.D. 162)

 

TABLED - June 13, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HYMANSON of York.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

11.       An Act To Clarify the Authority of an Affiliate of a Utility To Own Power Generation outside of the Utility's Territory

(H.P. 536)  (L.D. 756)
(S. "A" S-220 to C. "A" H-314)

 

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

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.

 

 

 

 

 

12.       An Act To Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools

(H.P. 793)  (L.D. 1130)
(C. "A" H-469)

 

TABLED - June 15, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.

 

 

 

 

 

13.       An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019 (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 995)  (L.D. 1440)
(C. "A" H-504)

 

TABLED - June 16, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.

 

 

 

 

 

14.       Bill "An Act To Allow a Wrongful Death Cause of Action for the Death of a Viable Fetus"

(H.P. 241)  (L.D. 327)

 

- In House, Majority (8) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on JUDICIARY READ and ACCEPTED on June 9, 2017.

- In Senate, Minority (5) OUGHT TO PASS Report of the Committee on JUDICIARY READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - June 21, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

15.       Bill "An Act Regarding Mental Health Care for Maine Veterans"

(H.P. 853)  (L.D. 1231)
(C. "A" H-407)

 

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-407).

TABLED - June 21, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

 

 

 

 

16.       Bill "An Act Regarding Solar Power for Farms and Businesses"

(S.P. 529)  (L.D. 1504)

 

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-276) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-293) thereto.

TABLED - June 21, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ADOPTION OF SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-293) to COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-276).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

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

(S.P. 407)  (L.D. 1213)

 

            Majority (7) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-289) in the House on June 21, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Minority (6) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT was READ and ACCEPTED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Improve the Quality of Teachers"

(S.P. 263)  (L.D. 818)

 

            Majority (7) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-203) in the House on June 21, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Minority (6) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS was READ and ACCEPTED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Six Members of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS report in Report "A" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-300) on RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting

(S.P. 577)  (L.D. 1624)

 

 

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    CARPENTER of Aroostook

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

            Six Members of the same Committee report in Report "B" Ought Not to Pass on same RESOLUTION.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MASON of Androscoggin
                                    COLLINS of York

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

            One Member of the same Committee reports in Report "C" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (S-301) on same RESOLUTION.

 

            Signed:

 

            Representative:
                                    HICKMAN of Winthrop

 

            Comes from the Senate with Report "A" OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED READ and ACCEPTED and the RESOLUTION PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-300).

 

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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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 546)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

June 21, 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 957, "Resolve, To Update Maine's Liquor Laws."

 

When a bill requires significant work to be performed by a department of the Executive Branch but does not provide funding, it is an unfunded mandate—plain and simple. This bill will require significant work for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, whose staff is already concentrating on essential work in front of them.

 

I have not been presented with a compelling case for why the recodification of this chapter is necessary, and I do not consent to directing the Department to invest significant time and energy on this unfunded exercise.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 957 unsigned and vetoed. I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

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

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Direct Legislative Staff To Recodify and Revise Title 28-A of the Maine Revised Statutes

(S.P. 313)  (L.D. 957)
(C. "A" S-192)

 

            In Senate, June 21, 2017, this Resolve, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Resolve become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            34 voted in favor and 0 against, and 34 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Resolve become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 6

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 542)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

June 20, 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 1384, "An Act To Amend the Election Laws."

 

This bill would allow municipalities to charge political parties rental and cleaning fees if the parties hold caucuses in public buildings. The bill provides no limit to the amounts municipalities would be able to charge. I firmly believe that caucuses are vital to our political process, and they should not be subject to local fees.

 

What this bill really proposes is a tax on the political process to be levied by municipal officials.  In a landmark Supreme Court case in which it was held that a state cannot tax instruments of the federal government, Chief Justice Marshall wrote that the power to tax is the power to destroy. I think the same principle applies to this bill. Localities should not be given the authority to hinder the political process that is so central to our system of government. Public buildings should be open to the public generally, and they should definitely not be used as a way for municipalities to tax the political process.

 

For this reason, I return LD 1384 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

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

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Election Laws

(S.P. 471)  (L.D. 1384)
(C. "A" S-169)

 

            In Senate, June 21, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            29 voted in favor and 5 against, and 29 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 7

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 275)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

June 22, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Pursuant to my authority under House Rule 201.1 (H), I appoint Representative Erin D. Herbig of Belfast to serve as Speaker Pro Tem to convene the House on June 22, 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 8

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act Regarding Retail Marijuana Testing Facilities

(H.P. 1132)  (L.D. 1641)

 

 

            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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Pursuant to the Constitution
Public Land

 

            (10-2)  Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands

(H.P. 1128)  (L.D. 1635)
(C. "A" H-521)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  In accordance with the provisions of Section 23 of Article IX of the Constitution, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

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Acts

 

            (10-3)  An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law

(S.P. 235)  (L.D. 673)
(H. "A" H-518 to C. "A" S-209)

 

            (10-4)  An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators

(H.P. 970)  (L.D. 1396)
(C. "A" H-522)

 

            (10-5)  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

(S.P. 512)  (L.D. 1466)
(H. "B" H-529 to C. "A" S-186)

 

 

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

 

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