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House Calendar
COMMUNICATIONS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SPECIAL STUDY TABLE
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 7
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
SUPPLEMENT NO. 8
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 9
ENACTORS

 


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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


 

63rd Legislative Day

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Reverend Mark K. Tanner, Skowhegan Federated Church.

 

            National Anthem by Honorable Kent Ackley, Monmouth.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Friday, June 23, 2017.

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 280)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 281, "An Act To Amend the Percentage of Votes Needed for Condominium Governance."

 

I have long believed that a reverent respect for property rights is essential to good government.  Those who purchase condominiums have done so with the knowledge that they are choosing to participate in a special kind of ownership arrangement.

 

For decades, the Maine Condominium Act has provided this sense of certainty for those who have purchased condominiums.  Those who have bought in to the condominium model of property ownership should be able to trust that their rights will not be amended or curtailed.  Because this bill would take away rights of condominium owners, I cannot support it.

 

For this reason, I return LD 281 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 Amend the Percentage of Votes Needed for Condominium Governance

(H.P. 214)  (L.D. 281)
(C. "A" H-430)

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 281)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1126, "An Act Relating to the Use and Leasing of Public Reserved Lands."

 

This bill is another attempt by the Legislature to micromanage the Executive Branch. It requires the Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) to amend its rules to expressly permit bear-baiting at sites that are not accessible by road, but are accessible by water.  The bill also directs the Director of BPL to issue a revised lease of land in Township 16, Range 6 for Eagle Lake Sporting Camps, changing its term from 15 years to 30 years, notwithstanding the limitation in current law for such leases to be no longer than 15 years.

 

In addition to micromanaging the department, this bill sets a dangerous precedent by allowing the Legislature to enact laws to benefit specific businesses or entities without considering all of the pertinent information that the department uses to make these deliberate decisions.  If this bill passes, how is the Legislature going to pick and choose which sporting camp and campground leases they are going to intervene in or what public reserved land uses should be altered to benefit a few at the expense of all Maine citizens?  The Legislature needs to think about the long-term consequences a bill like this will have on the state.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1126 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 Relating to the Use and Leasing of Public Reserved Lands (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 789)  (L.D. 1126)
(C. "A" H-417)

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 282)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1203, "An Act To Increase Transparency in Cooperative Agreements within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry."

 

This bill amends the law governing Cooperative Agreements (CA) and arrangements entered into by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for the purpose of controlling diseases of plants and domestic animals and advertising or disseminating information concerning Maine food products.

 

Adding legislative committee reporting requirements and oversight to the Cooperative Agreements between the State of Maine and the federal government is unnecessary and overly bureaucratic. The web posting requirement creates obligations of staff time for placement and updates. Staff time is much better spent assisting producers than on maintaining a document site.

 

An additional concern is the limited information contained in the documents. There are many additional factors, history and benefits of each agreement that do not enter the actual agreement yet are part of the consideration.

 

It is important to recognize that Cooperative Agreements are often the result of requests from Maine businesses and growers to increase marketability of Maine products. For example, potato and egg quality inspections now covered by Cooperative Agreements facilitate the sale of Maine products throughout the U.S. and international markets.

  

Although the intent of this legislation may be to provide relief from federal regulations, it only adds to the cost of state government and would be a time burden to staff that would be better spent assisting growers.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1203 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 Increase Transparency in Cooperative Agreements within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

(H.P. 839)  (L.D. 1203)
(C. "A" H-418)

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 283)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-8)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1217, "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Evaluations of the State's Investments in Economic Development."

 

This is a perfect example of legislation that sounds good in the committee room, but in practice falls short of delivering anything of real value for the people of Maine.  This bill binds a future Legislature and administration with a series of statutory reports and deadlines without identifying adequate, permanent funding.

 

It has been established by the administration, OFPR and OPEGA that under existing statute—which is duplicated and expanded in LD 1217—not enough funding is generated to pay the economic development portion of the report. To meet the requirements of the changes proposed, permanent and dedicated funding should have been identified or language should have been included that says if not enough funding is generated, the evaluation won't be conducted.  This bill fails to account for the real cost of putting together an independent, third-party evaluation.

 

LD 1217 still calls for a series of reports following evaluations to be submitted. This will result in more new reports that will go unread and sit on shelves and in drawers here in Augusta.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1217 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-8)  The accompanying item An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Evaluations of the State's Investments in Economic Development

(H.P. 849)  (L.D. 1217)
(C. "A" H-445)

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 284)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-10)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1376, "An Act To Remove Barriers to Workforce Development in Alcohol and Drug Counseling."

 

National standards for substance-abuse treatment licensing is currently set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), which is the nationally recognized resource for prevention, substance-use disorder treatment and recovery credentialing.

 

The Maine State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors has strict standards regarding licensure.  There are educational standards, clinical supervision standards and professional education standards in place to ensure that practicing clinicians maintain a certain level of competency.  These standards are also considered by the IC&RC as best-practice standards for the field.

 

Maine has a better-than-average test passing rate as compared to other states.  The test-passing rate for LADCs is at 73 percent, compared to a national passing rate of 60 percent, and the CADC passing rate is 79 percent compared to a national rate of 73 percent (IC&RC; International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium).

 

This state does significant work to ensure our standards are high and the quality of our counselors is excellent.  This bill has the potential to significantly decrease the competency of our treatment providers. Lowering the standards and quality for substance-abuse treatment professionals is not the right approach to addressing the drug crisis that is on our streets.  More than ever, we need the best counselors possible to help Mainer's break the chains of addiction.

 

For this reason, I return LD 1376 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-10)  The accompanying item An Act To Remove Barriers to Workforce Development in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

(H.P. 955)  (L.D. 1376)
(C. "A" H-422)

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 285)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-12)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1572, "An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee to Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Legislative Reviews of Tax Expenditures."

 

I have long believed the legislature does not read the lengthy and time-consuming reports that it requires others to prepare, and this bill will not change that.  This bill passes unnecessary reforms for reports that regularly go unread, are unappreciated and are left on shelves collecting dust.

 

While some may feel that these bureaucratic solutions are a substitute for effective and accountable management, I do not. Amending these reporting statutes is like changing scorekeeping rules for a scrimmage—it won't matter because nobody pays attention to it.  Legislators willfully ignore the very reports they request.  As a result, any change to reporting statutes would be inconsequential.

 

This bill is the latest example in a disappointing trend of legislative priorities being misaligned with the interests of the people the Legislature purports to represent.  This bill is simply not necessary, which is why I return LD 1572 unsigned and vetoed.  I urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-12)  The accompanying item An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Legislative Reviews of Tax Expenditures

(H.P. 1083)  (L.D. 1572)

 

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            (2-13)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 286)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-14)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1601, "An Act To Increase Funds Deposited into the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund through the Pet Food Surcharge."

 

This bill was originally submitted as a Governor's Bill to phase out the $20 pet food surcharge over three years.  However the ACF Committee completely re-wrote the bill in order to preserve the surcharge and increase the amount of revenue dedicated to the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund (Fund) which was the exact opposite of what I intended.

 

I hope the Legislature understands that Maine triple taxes pet food sold in the state.  In addition to the sales tax, Maine assesses an $80 fee along with the $20 surcharge for each product line.  The registration fee and the surcharge represent a cost of nearly $1 million annually to pet food companies who have to pass on these costs to responsible pet owners. Part of the $80 registration fee helps to fund regulatory work within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and I believe that fee is appropriate. The $20 pet food surcharge which is dedicated to the Fund has outlived its usefulness as there are other current revenue streams available.

 

When the surcharge was first put into law it was expected to raise $100,000 for the Fund, with the excess revenue going to DACF. But as is the case with many government programs, the revenue generated from the tax has grown significantly since it was established.  Meanwhile, additional revenue has been coming in from the Animal Welfare license plates and voluntary income tax check-offs.  Other states use these kinds of voluntary revenue streams to pay for their spay and neuter programs and do not use a pet food surcharge.

 

This bill does nothing to address the tax burden placed on pet food companies and pet owners in this state.  If the Legislature believes that this is a state-wide priority and more money is needed for the Fund, then the burden should be taken off the backs of these businesses and constituents and funded as a priority by the state.

 

For this reason, I return LD 1601 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-14)  The accompanying item An Act To Increase Funds Deposited into the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund through the Pet Food Surcharge (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1104)  (L.D. 1601)
(C. "A" H-447)

 

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            (2-15)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 287)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-16)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 23, 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 1608, "An Act To Support Employment Opportunity in Maine."

 

Although it is currently limited to the State as an employer, if this bill becomes law, it will only be a matter of time before follow-on legislation is introduced that expands this prohibition to all employers.  There are legitimate reasons why some employers may need to ask for a prospective employee's credit history, and this bill is the first step in prohibiting it.

 

Therefore, I cannot sign LD 1608 and I must return it unsigned and vetoed.  I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-16)  The accompanying item An Act To Support Employment Opportunity in Maine

(H.P. 1109)  (L.D. 1608)
(C. "A" H-461)

 

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            (2-17)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 552)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 21, 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 to Pass as Amended Report from the Committee on Health and Human Services and Passage to be Engrossed as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-479) on Bill "An Act To Restrict Cash Access for Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards" (H.P. 201) (L.D. 268), in non-concurrence.

 

·        the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report from the Committee on Health and Human Services and Passage to be Engrossed as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-476) on Bill "An Act To Facilitate Substance Abuse Treatment for Certain Applicants for and Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Benefits" (H.P. 1111) (L.D. 1615), in non-concurrence.

 

·        the reference of Bill "An Act Concerning Private Personal Information of Public Employees and Licensed Individuals" (H.P. 1126) (L.D. 1633) to the Committee on Judiciary in non-concurrence.

 

·        the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report from the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs and Passage to be Engrossed as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-496) on Bill "An Act To Provide for a Statewide Contract for School Teachers" (H.P. 613) (L.D. 864), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Jacob Isaiah Bickford, of Topsham, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 648, 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 oversaw the planning, fund-raising and construction of individual display cases for the Cathance River Education Alliance to use for educational outreach to local schools, libraries and community centers.  We extend our congratulations to Jacob on this achievement;

 

(HLS 603)

Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham.

Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representative TUCKER of Brunswick.

 

 

            (5-2)  the Lyseth Elementary School Fifth Grade Odyssey of the Mind Team, of Portland, which placed second in its division at the State Competition and went on to compete at the World Finals at Michigan State University.  Members of the team include Caden Hemond, Sophie Hill, Fiona Johnson, Ainsley McCrum, Finn Snow, Darin Taddeo and Gabriel Winch.  Denise Taddeo and Cynthia Curry coached the team.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 605)

Presented by Representative SANBORN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland, Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland, Representative HARLOW of Portland, Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland, Representative MOONEN of Portland, Representative SYLVESTER of Portland, Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland, Representative JORGENSEN of Portland, Representative COLLINGS of Portland.

 

 

            (5-3)  Mona Schlein, of Arrowsic, who is retiring as principal of Wiscasset Elementary School after 29 years of service in education.  We extend to Ms. Schlein our appreciation for her service and offer her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 606)

Presented by Representative HANLEY of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln, Representative PIERCE of Dresden, Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc.

 

 

            (5-4)  Donald Andrew Sanders, Sr., of Augusta, who is celebrating his 80th Birthday on April 14, 2017.  We extend to Mr. Sanders our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 608)

Presented by Representative DOORE of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

 

 

            (5-5)  Sherry Peary, of Levant, who is retiring as a secretary with Regional School Unit No. 87 after 37 years of service.  We extend to Ms. Peary our appreciation for her long service and offer her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 609)

Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot, Representative REED of Carmel.

 

 

            (5-6)  Grace Maynard Player, of Chapman, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2017 graduating class of Presque Isle High School.  We extend to Grace our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 610)

Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle.

Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook, Representative WHITE of Washburn.

 

 

            (5-7)  Emma J. Beaulieu, of Chapman, who has earned the distinction of being named Salutatorian of the 2017 graduating class of Presque Isle High School.  We extend to Emma our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 611)

Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle.

Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook, Representative WHITE of Washburn.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-8)  George Daniel Lawson III, of Monroe.  Mr. Lawson, known as "Dan," was a member of United Steelworkers.  He worked tirelessly on the EqualityMaine campaign, worked with United Steelworkers on several campaigns and was a tireless advocate for human rights and a voice for workers' rights and justice in the workplace.  Mr. Lawson will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 604)

Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook, President THIBODEAU of Waldo, Representative KINNEY of Knox.

 

 

            (5-9)  Joyce C. Languet, of Belgrade.  Mrs. Languet worked at New England Telephone as a switchboard operator.  She later volunteered at Belgrade Central School as a reading tutor and worked as a bookkeeper for Belgrade Masonry, Inc.  She was an active member of the Belgrade Lakes Union Church.  Mrs. Languet will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends;

 

(HLS 607)

Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

 

 

 

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ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products

(S.P. 391)  (L.D. 1170)
(S. "B" S-306 to C. "A" S-146)

 

            (10-2)  An Act To Require Drug Manufacturers To Comply with Federal Law

(S.P. 432)  (L.D. 1280)
(S. "B" S-297 and S. "D" S-309 to C. "A" S-153)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Friday, June 23, 2017, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         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).

 

 

 

 

 

9.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought Not to Pass - Minority (6) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-536) - Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES on Bill "An Act To Reform Welfare for Increased Security and Employment"

(H.P. 1115)  (L.D. 1620)

 

TABLED - June 22, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HYMANSON of York.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       SENATE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (9) Ought Not to Pass - Minority (4) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-174) - Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS on Bill "An Act Regarding Possession of a Firearm on School Property"

(S.P. 327)  (L.D. 988)

 

- In House, Reports READ and the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS on June 22, 2017.

- In Senate, Senate INSISTED on its former action whereby the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

- In House, House RECEDED.

TABLED - June 23, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPECIAL STUDY TABLE

 

1.         Joint Study Order, To Establish the Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All of Maine

(S.P. 592)

 

- In Senate, READ and PASSED.

TABLED - June 23, 2017 by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 548)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

June 23, 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 731, "An Act to Require Mortgage Servicers to Act in Good Faith in Dealings with Homeowners."

 

This bill is unnecessary and duplicative. Mortgage servicers will already be subject to increased accountability and oversight as the result of PL 2017, c. 106, a bill titled "An Act to Improve the Foreclosure Process by Regulating Mortgage Loan Servicers" that I signed into law on May 30, 2017.

 

Under that new law, companies will have to demonstrate appropriate financial responsibility, character and fitness in order to obtain a state license to service Maine mortgage loans.

 

LD 731, in contrast, is anti-business. It establishes a vague standard of "good faith and fair dealings," then creates new legal causes of action that will lead to more lawsuits against mortgage servicers and the possibility of awards of both actual damages and statutory damages of $15,000 or more.

 

These lawsuits—and threats of lawsuits—will further delay the foreclosure process, which already takes far too long to complete.

 

We should wait and see whether the new licensing provisions found in PL 2017, c. 106 will be sufficient to improve accountability of mortgage servicers before adding onerous statutory penalties and further delaying foreclosures.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 731 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 Require Mortgage Servicers To Act in Good Faith in Dealings with Homeowners

(S.P. 243)  (L.D. 731)
(C. "A" S-229)

 

            In Senate, June 27, 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?'

 

            28 voted in favor and 6 against, and 28 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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 550)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

June 23, 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 1361, "An Act Regarding State Hiring and Retention for Persons with Disabilities."

 

Unlike many in the legislature who only talk about helping Mainers with disabilities achieve self-sufficiency, my administration has actually taken steps to help them. Thanks to nearly $100 million in targeted DHHS spending since the start of my administration, disabled Mainers have more opportunity to succeed than ever before. I am proud of my record of prioritizing resources and assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. We want all Mainers to know the dignity of meaningful employment and the independence that comes with a regular paycheck. 

 

When I came to office, I promised the Maine people that in this state, we pay our bills. This is something the legislature continues to ignore. Implementing LD 1361 will burden the state with over $177,000 for system modifications to our online application process and require an additional full-time human resources position. However, this bill neither provides the funding nor a position to implement the law.

 

In short, this bill amounts to yet another unfunded mandate. Therefore, I return LD 1361 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 Regarding State Hiring and Retention for Persons with Disabilities

(S.P. 469)  (L.D. 1361)

 

            In Senate, June 27, 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?'

 

            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 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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

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-302) on Bill "An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law"

(S.P. 578)  (L.D. 1625)

 

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MASON of Androscoggin
                                    COLLINS of York

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

            Six Members of the same Committee report in Report "B" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (S-303) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    CARPENTER of Aroostook

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

            One Member of the same Committee reports in Report "C" Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "C" (S-304) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

 

            Representative:
                                    LUCHINI of Ellsworth

 

            Comes from the Senate with Report "A" OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-302).

 

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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, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Ensure Maine Is in Compliance with Certain Federal Drug Laws"

(S.P. 588)  (L.D. 1637)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    DIAMOND of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    WARREN of Hallowell
                                    GROHMAN of Biddeford
                                    LONGSTAFF of Waterville
                                    NADEAU of Winslow
                                    RECKITT of South Portland
                                    TALBOT ROSS of Portland

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-310) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    ROSEN of Hancock
                                    CYRWAY of Kennebec

            Representatives:
                                    COREY of Windham
                                    GERRISH of Lebanon
                                    HERRICK of Paris
                                    MAREAN of Hollis

            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-310).

 

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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, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  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)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-533) AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT "A" (H-540) thereto in the House on June 23, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-533) 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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 7

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Promote Workforce Participation

(H.P. 344)  (L.D. 481)
(H. "A" H-548 to C. "A" H-326)

 

 

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

 

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Emergency Measure

 

            (10-2)  An Act To Clarify Licensing Provisions for the Manufacture and Sale of Liquor

(H.P. 1133)  (L.D. 1642)

 

 

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

 

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Emergency Measure

 

            (10-3)  An Act To Provide Funding to the Loring Development Authority of Maine for Implementation Grants

(H.P. 1134)  (L.D. 1643)

 

 

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

 

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Acts

 

            (10-4)  An Act To Establish the Maine Buy America and Build Maine Act

(S.P. 311)  (L.D. 956)
(C. "A" S-171; H. "A" H-545; S. "A" S-291)

 

            (10-5)  An Act To Prevent Violence against Law Enforcement Officers, Emergency Medical Care Providers and Firefighters

(S.P. 329)  (L.D. 990)
(H. "B" H-542 to C. "A" S-265)

 

            (10-6)  An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions for Nondriving-related Violations

(H.P. 827)  (L.D. 1190)
(H. "A" H-550 to C. "A" H-532)

 

            (10-7)  An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of First Responders

(H.P. 1036)  (L.D. 1512)
(H. "A" H-547 to C. "B" H-512)

 

 

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

 

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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, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 8

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Increase the Penalty for Aggravated Sex Trafficking"

(H.P. 183)  (L.D. 250)

 

            Majority (8) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-220) AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT "B" (H-552) thereto in the House on June 23, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with the Majority (8) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY 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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 9

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  Resolve, To Assess the Need for Mental Health Care Services for Veterans in Maine and To Establish a Pilot Program To Provide Case Management Services to Veterans for Mental Health Care

(H.P. 853)  (L.D. 1231)
(H. "A" H-553 to C. "A" H-407)

 

 

            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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