Table of Contents

House Calendar
COMMUNICATIONS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SPECIAL STUDY TABLE
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Committee of Conference
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 6
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Committee of Conference
SUPPLEMENT NO. 7
ENACTORS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 8
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
SUPPLEMENT NO. 9
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 10
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 11
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
SUPPLEMENT NO. 12
COMMUNICATIONS

 


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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


 

64th Legislative Day

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Honorable Betty A. Austin, Skowhegan.

 

            National Anthem by Mari Smith, Farmingdale.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Reading of the Journal of yesterday.

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 553)

 

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:

 

House Paper 1061, Legislative Document 1540, "An Act To Protect Consumers' Freedom of Choice in Auto Collision Repairs," 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 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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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 554)

 

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:

 

House Paper 449, Legislative Document 633, "An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements," 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 13 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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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 555)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 27, 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 Bill "An Act To Prohibit the Privatization of State Correctional Facilities and the State's Forensic Hospitals" (H.P. 893) (L.D. 1296) and accompanying papers to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, in non-concurrence;

 

accepted the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report from the Committee on Judiciary, and Passage to be Engrossed as Amended 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), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 556)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 27, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Senate Paper 350, Legislative Document 1047, "An Act To Protect Homeowners from Improper Foreclosure Fees," 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?"

 

19 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.

 

Senate Paper 482, Legislative Document 1404, "An Act To Ensure Integrity of For-profit Colleges and Universities," 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 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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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Barbara Redmond, of Vassalboro, who is retiring as Chief Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Secretary of State after 11 years in her current position and 36 years of state service overall.  Ms. Redmond began her service with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in 1981 and after 18 years moved to the central office, serving there under Secretary Dan Gwadosky, Secretary Charlie Summers and Secretary Matthew Dunlap.  In 2004 she became Deputy Secretary of State, and in 2006 she became Chief Deputy Secretary of State.  She has been active in the National Association of Secretaries of State and the Maine State Employees Combined Charitable Appeal.  We extend to Ms. Redmond our appreciation for her long service to the State and offer her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 520)

 

 

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

 

(SLS 521)

 

 

            (5-3)  Father James L. Nadeau, a native of Caribou and the Pastor of the St. John Vianney Parish, for his long service to the communities of the St. John Valley.  Father Nadeau, the charter organizer and sponsor for Cub Scout Pack #189, has recently been recognized for his strong support of the Scouting program in the St. John Valley, providing religious training resulting in numerous awards to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Adult Leaders as part of the Boy Scouts of America Program.  We extend to Father Nadeau our appreciation for his service and offer him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 612)

Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook, Representative McELWEE of Caribou.

 

 

            (5-4)  Bill Jones, of Hope, a masters swimmer who competed at the Bumpy Jones Classic in Sarasota, Florida in the 80-84 men's bracket, winning and setting both Maine and New England records in the 400 individual medley event; winning and setting Maine records in the 400 free, the 200 free and the 100 back events; and winning the 800 free, the 100 breast and the 50 breast events.  We extend to Mr. Jones our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 613)

Presented by Representative SUTTON of Warren.

Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

 

            (5-5)  Trevor Saucier, of Freedom, a student at Hyde School and a member of the Men's Track and Field Team, who won the 100 Meter and 200 Meter Dashes and the Shot Put and anchored the winning 4x100 Relay Team at the Maine Association of Independent Schools Athletic Directors Championship Track Meet.  Trevor was named the meet's Most Valuable Athlete.  We extend to Trevor our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 614)

Presented by Representative KINNEY of Knox.

Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo.

 

 

            (5-6)  the Massabesic High School Girls Lacrosse Team, of Waterboro, which won the Class A State Championship.  Members of the team include players Madeline Beauchesne, Emma Desrochers, Kaylee St. Laurent, Abi Chaves, Madi Drain, Logan Champlin, Skylar Renaud, Josie Ring, Taylor Manning, Morgan Pike, Kailyn Forrester, Lydia Wasina, Colby Williams, Brooke Cox, Alexis Kidder, Hallie Benton, Jackie Bearse, Sarah Desvergnes, Emily Stinson, Sophie Irons, Katie Castle, Marissa Thyng, Grace Lafrance and Trie Yale; assistants Katherine Fournier and Elizabeth Cote; associate coach Jason Tremblay; and head coach Brooks Bowen.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 615)

Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York, Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro.

 

 

            (5-7)  Hailey Perry, of Hermon, a student at Hermon High School, who has been named Miss Maine Softball by the Maine High School Softball Coaches Association.  We extend to Hailey our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 616)

Presented by Representative REED of Carmel.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot.

 

 

            (5-8)  Jen England, of North Berwick, a teacher at Noble High School, who has been named Teacher of the Year for York County.  We extend to Ms. England our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 617)

Presented by Representative PARKER of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York, Senator HILL of York, Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-9)  Crystal Ann Hewitt, of Turner.  Mrs. Hewitt taught kindergarten and 2nd grade at Calvary Christian Academy and was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church.  With her children's involvement in many sports, she was well known by the local sports community.  Mrs. Hewitt will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family, friends and colleagues;

 

(SLS 519)

 

 

            (5-10)  Harvard M. Peabody, of Jonesport.  Mr. Peabody will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 618)

Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington.

 

 

            (5-11)  Phyllis Edna Wilder, of Jonesport.  Mrs. Wilder worked as a civilian welder at Bath Iron Works during the Second World War, and she owned and operated the Missionary Thrift Shop in Addison.  She was a member of the Steuben Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years.  Mrs. Wilder will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends;

 

(HLS 619)

Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals.

Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington.

 

 

            (5-12)  Herbert W. Ramsdell, of Limington.  Mr. Ramsdell worked for Locust Farm Dairy in Limington for many years and also worked as a general contractor building area homes.  He served as a Limington selectman for 21 years.  He was on the town's finance committee, served as the town's constable and helped form the Limington Volunteer Fire Department.  In 2017 he was honored with a Spirit of America Foundation Award for his years of dedicated service to the town.  Mr. Ramsdell will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 620)

Presented by Representative KINNEY of Limington.

Cosponsored by Senator CHENETTE of York.

 

 

            (5-13)  Nick Knowlton, of Lewiston, a well-known musician and entertainer.  Mr. Knowlton became involved in rock and roll music in Lewiston in 1960s.  He and his group Katfish achieved national success with their cover of the Beatles song "Dear Prudence," breaking the Billboard Hot 100.  He also wrote the famous jingle for the Marden's store chain.  Mr. Knowlton will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and public;

 

(HLS 621)

Presented by Representative HANDY of Lewiston.

Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representative FULLER of Lewiston, Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston, Representative BROOKS of Lewiston.

 

 

 

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 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.         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.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 27, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick.

PENDING - ADOPTION OF HOUSE AMENDMENT "B" (H-554) to COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-276). (Roll Call Ordered)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 292)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

June 28, 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 28, 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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 291)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 27, 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 1427, "An Act To Make Community Paramedicine Services Permanent."

 

I believe that to justify the spending of hard-earned taxpayers' money, in this case MaineCare, there should be data indicating whether there is actually any value to the taxpayer. State policy has been to move slowly and cautiously with a new method of delivering medical services, called community paramedicine programs, which entails EMS technicians supplying primary care services. 

 

This bill was introduced as a Department of Public Safety department bill. I supported the bill as introduced because it explicitly stated that state funding, including MaineCare, would not be used to support community paramedicine. There needs to be more research into the effectiveness of community paramedicine before we prioritize it over other, more worthy programs.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1427 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 Make Community Paramedicine Services Permanent

(H.P. 981)  (L.D. 1427)
(C. "A" H-489)

 

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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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Committee of Conference

 

            (6-1)  Report of the Committee of Conference on the disagreeing action of the two branches of the Legislature on Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Temporary Sign Usage"

(H.P. 165)  (L.D. 209)

 

has had the same under consideration, and asks leave to report:

 

That the Senate and House agree that this bill and all its accompanying papers be COMMITTED to the committee on TRANSPORTATION.

 

 

            Signed:

 

            Senators:
                        COLLINS of York
                        CUSHING of Penobscot
                        DILL of Penobscot

            Representatives:
                        McLEAN of Gorham
                        PARRY of Arundel
                        GRANT of Gardiner

            Comes from the Senate with the Committee of Conference Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.

 

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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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Maine Is in Compliance with Certain Federal Drug Laws"

(S.P. 588)  (L.D. 1637)

 

            Majority (7) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY READ and ACCEPTED in the House on June 27, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Minority (6) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY was READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-310) 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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act to Provide Licensing, Rulemaking and Regulatory and Enforcement Authority within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services; Assign Rulemaking, Regulatory and Enforcement Authority Related to Agricultural Purposes to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and Allocate Funds for Implementation (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 176)  (L.D. 243)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENACTED in the House on May 30, 2017.  (Having previously been PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-221))

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-221) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-312) thereto 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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 6

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Committee of Conference

 

            (6-1)  Report of the Committee of Conference on the disagreeing action of the two branches of the Legislature on Bill "An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General 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. 281)  (L.D. 390)

 

has had the same under consideration, and asks leave to report:

 

            That the House INSIST and ASK for a SECOND COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE.

 

            That the Senate INSIST and JOIN in a SECOND COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE.

 

 

            Signed:

 

            Representatives:
                        GIDEON of Freeport
                        FREY of Bangor
                        WINSOR of Norway

            Senators:
                        THIBODEAU of Waldo
                        KATZ of Kennebec
                        BREEN of Cumberland

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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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 7

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act to Provide Licensing, Rulemaking and Regulatory and Enforcement Authority within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services; Assign Rulemaking, Regulatory and Enforcement Authority Related to Agricultural Purposes to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and Allocate Funds for Implementation

(H.P. 176)  (L.D. 243)
(S. "A" S-312 to C. "A" H-221)

 

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 8

 

PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Fund the Agreement with Executive Branch Employees" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1135)  (L.D. 1644)

 

Sponsored by Speaker GIDEON of Freeport.  (GOVERNOR'S BILL)

Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo and Representative: FREDETTE of Newport, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

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

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 9

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (S-314) on Bill "An Act To Regulate and Tax Sports Fantasy League Activities in Maine"

(S.P. 449)  (L.D. 1320)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MASON of Androscoggin
                                    CARPENTER of Aroostook
                                    COLLINS of York

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

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

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    HICKMAN of Winthrop

            Comes from the Senate with the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-314).

 

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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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 10

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law"

(S.P. 578)  (L.D. 1625)

 

            Report "B" (6) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "B" (S-303) in the House on June 27, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby Report "A" (6) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED of the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS was READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-302) 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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 11

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Modernize Rates for Small-scale Distributed Generation

(S.P. 529)  (L.D. 1504)
(H. "B" H-554 to C. "A" S-276)

 

 

            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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 12

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 296)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 28, 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 835, "An Act To Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers."

 

Contrary to the title, this bill alters definitions in state law, which will cause an unhealthy impact on Maine food production. Consumers and farmers will both be left wondering which items are really safe Maine food products. LD 835 is an effort to legislate an illusion that there is no need for food safety training and inspections. The overwhelming majority of Maine food producers and processors successfully use the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) licensing and educational expertise to improve the safety and value of their products. 

 

To participate in the existing licensing process, food producers, especially new farmers and processors, work closely with the technical experts at DACF and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to understand the chemical and biological hazards that surround food preparation. LD 835 allows a wide exemption to safe food inspections.

 

Passage of this bill adds a tracking requirement for DACF professional staff to trace which producers are not required to meet state food safety standards based on farm location, point of sale and volume of product. Rather than ensuring safe food for all consumers, DACF would have to determine who must meet safe food license requirements and who is not required to produce food following food safety procedures. 

 

Currently the Center for Disease Control is investigating multiple outbreaks of salmonella that have sickened 400 people. The most common cause is lack of safe procedures for handling backyard chickens, chicks and eggs. These same foods are specifically exempted within the proposed legislation. The Center for Disease Control warns that just looking healthy "does not reveal whether or not products contain salmonella."

 

Eliminating responsibility for food safety without any requirement for standards equal to known safety tolerance is dangerous to consumers, a risky burden to towns and potentially devastating to food producers who sell hazardous food.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 835 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 Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers

(H.P. 584)  (L.D. 835)

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