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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Joseph W. Mayo, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXV, No. 4

Monday, February 1, 1999

119th LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1999

L.D. 619, H.P. 456
An Act to Exempt the East-west Highway and Interstate 95 North of Houlton from the Sensible Transportation Policy Act. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Holden)

L.D. 620, H.P. 457
Resolve, to Allow James E. Segien of Eastport to Sue the State and the Town of Eastport. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 621, H.P. 458
An Act to Allow Towns to Sand and Plow Private Ways. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 622, H.P. 459
An Act to Increase Consumer Confidence in Insurance Companies. (Presented by Representative SKOGLUND of St. George)

L.D. 623, H.P. 460
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 565: Nutrient Management Rules, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 624, H.P. 461
An Act to Require Public Hearings for School Administrative District Referenda. (Presented by Representative WESTON of Montville)

L.D. 625, H.P. 462
An Act Concerning the Authority of the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 626, H.P. 463
An Act to Require Wildlife Management and Uneven-aged Forest Stand Management on Public Reserved Lands. (Presented by Representative SHOREY of Calais)

L.D. 627, H.P. 464
An Act to Require the Legislature to Examine Executive Orders for Violations of Separation of Powers. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 628, H.P. 465
An Act to Eliminate the Vehicle Excise Tax. (Presented by Representative TRIPP of Topsham)

L.D. 629, H.P. 466
An Act to Create a Seamless Treatment Plan for the Juvenile Offender with Substance Abuse Problems. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BAKER of Bangor)

L.D. 630, H.P. 467
An Act to Establish the Maine Communities in the New Century Program. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 631, H.P. 468
An Act to Establish a Patient's Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Winterport)

L.D. 632, H.P. 469
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 64: Maine School Facilities Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 633, S.P. 211
An Act to Amend the Distribution of Revenue Sharing. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 634, S.P. 212
Resolve, to Direct the Superintendent of Insurance to Evaluate a Separate Workers' Compensation Classification Code for Milk Haulers. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 635, S.P. 213
An Act to Amend the Electric Industry Restructuring Law. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 636, S.P. 214
An Act to Exempt a Portion of the Sales Tax on Automobiles. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 637, S.P. 215
An Act to Amend the Law Enforcement Officer Certification Standards. (Presented by Senator MURRAY of Penobscot)

L.D. 638, S.P. 216
An Act to Amend the Closure and Remediation Cost-sharing Program Concerning Landfills. (Presented by Senator CASSIDY of Washington)

L.D. 639, S.P. 217
An Act to Improve the State's Democracy by Increasing Access to the Ballot and Other Election Processes. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 640, S.P. 218
An Act to Require Informed Consent when Using Mercury in Dental Procedures. (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 641, S.P. 219
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require a Fixed Number of Signatures on Initiative Referenda Petitions. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 642, S.P. 220
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require That Petition Signatures Be Based on 10% of Registered Voters. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 643, S.P. 221
An Act to Implement the Recommendation of the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development Relating to Funding the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 644, S.P. 222
An Act to Provide Opportunity for an Increase in Wine-tasting Locations for Farm Wineries. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 645, S.P. 223
An Act to Require Disclosure of Ingredients in Tobacco Products. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 646, S.P. 224
An Act to Reform the Unemployment Compensation System. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 647, S.P. 225
An Act to Eliminate Tolls from the Maine Turnpike, Abolish the Turnpike Authority and Adjust Taxes on Automotive Fuel. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 648, S.P. 226
An Act Related to Legislator Intervention in Actions Before a State Agency or Authority. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 649, S.P. 227
An Act to Allow the Use of the 1990 American Dental Association Form for Submission of Insurance Claims. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 650, S.P. 228
An Act to Amend the Crime of Theft by Deception to Include False Impressions as to Identity. (Presented by Senator MacKINNON of York)

L.D. 651, S.P. 229
An Act to Prohibit Leaving a Child Alone in a Motor Vehicle. (Presented by Senator MacKINNON of York)

L.D. 652, S.P. 230
Resolve, to Exempt Appliances and Clothing from Sales Tax for One Week. (Presented by Senator MacKINNON of York)

L.D. 653, S.P. 231
An Act to Limit to 5 Days per Week the Taking of Elvers in Hand Dip Nets. (Presented by Senator RUHLIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 654, S.P. 232
An Act to Implement a Recommendation of the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development Relating to Professional Development in the Use of Technology. (Presented by Senator MacKINNON of York)

L.D. 655, S.P. 233
An Act to Increase the Penalty for Failure to Yield the Right-of-way to a Visually Impaired Pedestrian. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 656, S.P. 234
An Act to Adjust the Alternative Funding Mechanism for the Maine Public Drinking Water Commission. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 657, S.P. 235
An Act to Require the Revocation of the Registration of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (Presented by Senator MacKINNON of York)

L.D. 658, S.P. 236
An Act to Require Notification of a Lien on Property to Be Done by Certified Mail. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 659, S.P. 237
An Act to Require Companies Responsible for Billing Electrical Services to Forward the Amount Collected within 3 Days. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 660, S.P. 238
An Act to Include Counties in the Definition of Local Government in the Archives and Records Management Law. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 661, S.P. 239
An Act Regarding the Unbundling of Natural Gas Services. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 662, S.P. 240
An Act to Amend Maine's Boating Laws Pertaining to Noise Limits on Watercraft. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 663, S.P. 241
An Act to Clarify the Powers of Game Wardens When Stopping Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Senator KILKELLY of Lincoln)

L.D. 664, S.P. 242
An Act to Fully Fund Implementation of All Learning Results Standards and Reimburse Professional Development Costs. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 665, S.P. 243
An Act to Protect the Environment by Phasing Out the Use of Old Transformers that are Potential Sources of PCB Pollution. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 666, S.P. 244
Resolve, to Designate and Fund a State Research Library for Business, Science and Technology. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 667, S.P. 245
An Act to Allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Determine the Number of Moose Permits to Be Awarded. (Presented by Senator KIEFFER of Aroostook)

L.D. 668, S.P. 246
An Act to Amend the Term "Veteran" for Property Tax and Burial Purposes. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 669, S.P. 247
An Act to Change Certified Public Accountant Experience Requirements for Employees of the Department of Audit. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 670, S.P. 248
An Act to Require That Workers' Compensation Coverage Be Equitably Applied to the Timber Industry. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 671, S.P. 249
An Act to Exempt from State Income Tax Previously Taxed Contributions to an Individual Retirement Account. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of York)

L.D. 672, S.P. 250
An Act to Permit Water Utilities and Sewer and Sanitary Districts to Establish Lower Rates for Elderly Homeowners. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 673, S.P. 251
An Act to Reduce Sales Tax on Residential Electric Bills. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 674, S.P. 252
An Act to Support Community Radio. (Presented by Senator PINGREE of Knox)

L.D. 675, S.P. 253
An Act to Amend Consumer Protection Laws with Respect to Internet Service. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 676, S.P. 254
An Act to Increase the Standard Deduction for Maine Income Tax to Help Working Families. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 677, H.P. 470
An Act to Change the Way Ginseng License and Registration Fees Are Established. (Presented by Representative GOOLEY of Farmington)

L.D. 678, H.P. 471
An Act to Require Completion of an Ambulance Operator Course. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 679, H.P. 472
An Act to Submit Legislative Term Limits to Referendum in November 1999. (Presented by Representative TRIPP of Topsham)

L.D. 680, H.P. 473
An Act to Cut the Gasoline Tax by 5 Cents Per Gallon. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 681, H.P. 474
An Act to Fund Public School Alliances. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 682, H.P. 475
An Act to Increase the Late Fee for Licensing a Dog. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 683, H.P. 476
An Act to Allow the Revocation of Certain Licenses and Automobile Registrations for Payment by an Insufficient Funds Check. (Presented by Representative FOSTER of Gray)

L.D. 684, H.P. 477
An Act to Give the Commissioner of Public Safety Law Enforcement Powers. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 685, H.P. 478
An Act to Withhold Work-restricted Licenses from Habitual Offenders Newly Convicted of Operating under the Influence or Who are not in Treatment Program. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 686, H.P. 479
An Act to Implement a Recommendation of the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development Relating to the Employment Needs of Growing High-technology Companies. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 687, H.P. 480
An Act Regarding Wrongful Death Actions. (Presented by Representative SCHNEIDER of Durham)

L.D. 688, H.P. 481
An Act to Allow Medical History and Other Information to be Distributed to Immediate Family. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 689, S.P. 255
An Act Concerning Municipal Public Library Trust Funds. (Presented by Senator BERUBE of Androscoggin)

L.D. 690, H.P. 483
An Act to Appropriate Funds for Staff Development to Meet the Learning Results Standards. (Presented by Representative CAMERON of Rumford)

L.D. 691, H.P. 484
An Act to Require Sellers of Property to Notify Purchasers of Tax Due. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 692, H.P. 485
An Act to Clarify the Reporting of Discharges of Hazardous Matter. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 693, H.P. 486
An Act to Alter the Administration of the Dental Cub Care Program. (Presented by Representative MARVIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 694, H.P. 487
An Act to Increase the Number of Elm Trees in the State. (Presented by Representative GAGNON of Waterville)

L.D. 695, H.P. 488
An Act to Allow Motorcycles Operated for Traffic Enforcement to Emit a Combination of Blue and Red Light. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Falmouth)

L.D. 696, H.P. 489
An Act to Provide for Sentence Reform. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 697, H.P. 490
An Act to Require Courts to Reimburse Jurors for Parking Expenses. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 698, H.P. 491
An Act to Implement a Recommendation of the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development to Establish a Center for Advanced Law and Management. (Presented by Speaker ROWE of Portland)

L.D. 699, H.P. 492
An Act Concerning Minors' Consent for Services. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of Naples)

L.D. 700, H.P. 493
An Act to Amend Voting Procedures for School Unions. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 701, H.P. 494
An Act to Repeal Prior Registration for Noncommercial Whitewater Rafting Trips. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PERKINS of Penobscot)

L.D. 702, H.P. 495
An Act to Revise the Fact-finding Process under the Public Employees Labor Relations Laws. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 703, H.P. 496
An Act to Create the Maine Civil Rights Act of 1999. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 704, H.P. 497
An Act to Allow for Cooperative Purchase of Electricity by Governmental Units. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MITCHELL of Vassalboro)

L.D. 705, H.P. 498
An Act to Prevent an Aggressive Dog from Doing Harm to People. (Presented by Representative JONES of Pittsfield)

L.D. 706, H.P. 499
An Act to Expedite Treatment of Certain Persons with Mental Illness. (Presented by Representative SKOGLUND of St. George)

L.D. 707, H.P. 500
An Act to Exempt from Income Tax Pension Income Earned Outside of the State. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 708, H.P. 501
An Act to Provide Educational Opportunities for Persons Who Resided in Foster Care as Children. (Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland)

L.D. 709, H.P. 502
An Act to Create a Uniform Standard Governing Legislative Leave of Absence. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Winterport)

L.D. 710, H.P. 503
An Act Regarding Criteria for Approval of a Public Utility Reorganization by the Public Utilities Commission. (Presented by Representative McNEIL of Rockland)

L.D. 711, H.P. 504
An Act to Require an Audit and Program Review of the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 712, H.P. 505
Resolve, Creating a Task Force to Investigate the Effects of Unratified International Treaties Implemented by State Agencies. (Presented by Representative SNOWE-MELLO of Poland)

L.D. 713, H.P. 506
An Act to Establish Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Foods. (Presented by Representative BAGLEY of Machias)

L.D. 714, H.P. 507
An Act to Allow Multipart Referendum Questions for Referenda at the Municipal Level. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 715, H.P. 508
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Provide 4-year Terms for Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. (Presented by Representative CAMERON of Rumford)

L.D. 716, H.P. 509
An Act to Amend the Law Relating to School Construction and School Facilities. (Presented by Representative RICHARD of Madison)

L.D. 717, H.P. 510
An Act to Amend the Election Laws. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 718, H.P. 511
An Act Pertaining to Maturity Dates of Bonds of the Maine Turnpike Authority. (Submitted by the Maine Turnpike Authority pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 23, section 1961, subsection 6.)

L.D. 719, H.P. 512
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 64: Rules Relating to the Maine School Facilities Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 720, H.P. 513
An Act Concerning the Method of Taking of Soft Shell Clams. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 721, H.P. 514
An Act to Amend the Radon Registration Act. (Presented by Representative TESSIER of Fairfield)

L.D. 722, H.P. 515
An Act to Increase Adoptions. (Presented by Representative BRAGDON of Bangor)

L.D. 723, H.P. 516
An Act to Establish a Marine Recreation Fishing Conservation and Management Fund. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 724, H.P. 517
An Act to Define Paralegals and Legal Assistants. (Presented by Representative MADORE of Augusta)

L.D. 725, H.P. 518
An Act to Clarify Confidentiality of Mental Health Information. (Presented by Representative KANE of Saco)

L.D. 726, H.P. 519
An Act to Increase the Homestead Exemption. (Presented by Representative SULLIVAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 727, H.P. 520
An Act to Limit Publicly Owned Land. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 728, H.P. 521
An Act to Prohibit Closed Hunts. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 729, H.P. 522
An Act to Increase State Funding for the Purchase of School Buses. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Livermore)

L.D. 730, H.P. 523
An Act to Allow Certain Disabled Persons to Fly-fish With Open-faced Reels. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Livermore)

L.D. 731, H.P. 524
An Act to Exclude the Purchase and Lease of Telecommunications and Internet Equipment from Sales and Use Tax. (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 732, H.P. 525
An Act to Require Certain Disclosures by Providers of Funeral Services. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 733, H.P. 526
An Act to Require the Department of Human Services to Pursue the Elderly Drug Waiver. (Presented by Representative GERRY of Auburn)

L.D. 734, H.P. 527
An Act to Strengthen the Child Care Licensing Laws. (Presented by Representative TOWNSEND of Portland)

L.D. 735, H.P. 528
An Act Authorizing the Public Utilities Commission to Award Damages to Customers Damaged by Substandard Utility Service. (Presented by Representative COLWELL of Gardiner)

L.D. 736, H.P. 529
An Act to Further Discourage the Field Theft of Wild Blueberries. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 737, H.P. 530
An Act to Extend the Open Water Fishing Season. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 738, H.P. 531
An Act to Revise Maine's Trespass Laws. (Presented by Representative DUNLAP of Old Town)

L.D. 739, H.P. 532
An Act to Form a New Local Education Agency. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative POWERS of Rockport)

L.D. 740, H.P. 533
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Public Land Acquisition. (Presented by Representative MATTHEWS of Winslow)

L.D. 741, H.P. 534
An Act to Assist the Department of Public Safety in Implementing the Requirements of Fingerprint-based Background Checks. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 742, H.P. 535
An Act to Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (Presented by Representative BUMPS of China)

L.D. 743, H.P. 536
An Act to Make Confidential Certain Information Collected from Maine Farmers and Agricultural Business. (Presented by Representative KNEELAND of Easton)

L.D. 744, H.P. 537
An Act to Change the Way Nursery License Fees Are Established. (Presented by Representative FULLER of Manchester)

L.D. 745, H.P. 538
An Act to Amend the Licensing Provisions Under the Propane and Natural Gas Act. (Presented by Representative McDONOUGH of Portland)

L.D. 746, H.P. 539
An Act to Allow Municipal Review of Actual School Budget and Expenditures. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 747, H.P. 540
An Act to Prohibit Hunting of Migratory Waterfowl on Round Pond in Union. (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Union)

L.D. 748, H.P. 541
An Act to Strengthen the Collection of Money Judgments. (Presented by Representative O'NEIL of Saco)

L.D. 749, H.P. 542
An Act to Amend the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission Laws to Prohibit Fines on First-time Violators of Maine Land Use Regulation Commission Laws or Rules. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 750, H.P. 543
An Act to Establish a Patient's Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative SAXL of Bangor)

L.D. 751, S.P. 256
An Act to Amend the Moose Hunting Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MICHAUD of Penobscot)

L.D. 752, S.P. 257
An Act to Require the Secretary of State to Supply Municipalities with Preprinted, Postage-prepaid Post Cards to be Used when a Voter Moves. (Presented by Senator CAREY of Kennebec)

L.D. 753, S.P. 258
An Act to Amend the Homestead Exemption to Include Homeowners' Cooperatives. (Presented by President LAWRENCE of York)

L.D. 754, S.P. 259
An Act to Amend the Laws Establishing a State Poet Laureate. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 755, S.P. 260
An Act Regarding the Assignment of Insurance Benefits for Dental Care. (Presented by Senator ABROMSON of Cumberland)

L.D. 756, S.P. 261
Resolve, to Create a Task Force to Study Ways to Improve and Streamline the Regulation of Water Utilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 757, S.P. 262
An Act Concerning Recreational Clam Harvesting Licenses. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 758, S.P. 263
An Act to Allow the State's Laboratory Certification Program to be Consistent with National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program Standards. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Penobscot)

L.D. 759, S.P. 266
An Act to Expedite Disputes among Commercial Landlords and Tenants. (Presented by Senator DAGGETT of Kennebec)

L.D. 760, S.P. 267
An Act to Clarify the Residency Requirements for Individual Health Insurance Coverage through a Maine-based Insurance Carrier. (Presented by Senator LaFOUNTAIN of York)

L.D. 761, S.P. 268
An Act to Improve the Collection of Restitution. (Presented by Senator MURRAY of Penobscot)

L.D. 762, S.P. 269
An Act to Eliminate the Requirement That the Employment Rehabilitation Fund Reimburse Employers and Insurers for Benefits Paid pursuant to the Benefits Adjustments. (Submitted by the Worker's Compensation Commission pursuant to Title 39-A, section 152, subsection 11.)

L.D. 763, S.P. 270
Resolve, Authorizing the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Land to Convey a Well and Waterline Easement. (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 764, S.P. 271
An Act to Amend Certain Aviation Laws. (Presented by Senator PARADIS of Aroostook)

L.D. 765, H.P. 544
An Act to Make Materiality a Jury Issue Relative to the Crime of Perjury. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 766, H.P. 545
An Act to Clarify the Criminal Code Relative to Strict Liability Crimes. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 767, H.P. 546
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 311: Renewable Resource Portfolio Requirement, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 768, H.P. 547
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 301: Standard Office Service, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 769, H.P. 548
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 304: Standard of Conduct for Transmission and Distribution Utilities and Affiliated Competitive Electricity Providers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 770, H.P. 549
An Act to Make the Laws Governing State Ambient Air Quality for Ozone and Particulate Matter Consistent with Federal Requirements. (Presented by Representative BULL of Freeport)

L.D. 771, H.P. 550
An Act to Allow Deer Hunting on Sundays. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 772, H.P. 551
Resolve, to Name the Route 160 Bridge in Brownfield Spanning the Saco River the Charles E. Hill Bridge. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TRUE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 773, H.P. 552
An Act to Require the Missing-in-Action Flag to Be Flown on State-owned Flag Poles. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TRUE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 774, H.P. 553
An Act to Make Moving a Mobile Home with Unpaid Taxes Subject to a $250 Forfeiture. (Presented by Representative MACK of Standish)

L.D. 775, H.P. 554
An Act to Revise Hunting and Fishing License Revocation Laws. (Presented by Representative TRUE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 776, H.P. 555
An Act to Amend the Workers' Compensation Law as It Pertains to Employer-selected Health Care Providers. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 777, H.P. 556
An Act to Require Nursing Facilities to Use Standardized Contracts. (Presented by Representative LOVETT of Scarborough)

L.D. 778, H.P. 557
An Act to Require Insurance Companies to Pay Workers' Compensation Benefits until a Hearing is Called if Contesting Payments. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 779, H.P. 558
An Act to Increase Motor Vehicle Inspection Fees. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 780, H.P. 559
An Act to Allow Hunters to Carry and Use a Standard-size Flashlight. (Presented by Representative TRACY of Rome)

L.D. 781, H.P. 560
Resolve, to Provide Vouchers for School Choice. (Presented by Representative TRACY of Rome)

L.D. 782, H.P. 561
An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Commercial Shooting Area Hunting Licenses. (Presented by Representative TRACY of Rome)

L.D. 783, H.P. 562
An Act to Require That Farm Tractors and Skidders Driven on a Public Way be Registered and Insured. (Presented by Representative TRACY of Rome)

L.D. 784, H.P. 563
An Act to Prohibit the Use of Social Security Numbers for Identification Purposes. (Presented by Representative TRACY of Rome)

L.D. 785, H.P. 564
An Act to Restore State Funding for Mediation Services Provided by the Maine Labor Relations Board. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 786, H.P. 565
An Act to Limit the Storage Fee Charged for Impounded Vehicles. (Presented by Representative SKOGLUND of St. George)

L.D. 787, H.P. 566
An Act to Amend the Membership of the Commission on Safety and Health in the Maine Workplace. (Presented by Representative HATCH of Skowhegan)

L.D. 788, H.P. 567
An Act to Clarify the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Dixfield)

L.D. 789, H.P. 568
An Act to Reduce the Amount of Property Acquired by Municipalities for Nonpayment of Property Tax. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 790, H.P. 569
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 380: Energy Conservation Programs by Electric Transmission and Distribution Utilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 791, H.P. 570
An Act to Clarify Sentencing Alternatives Involving Probation and Unconditional Discharge Under the Criminal Code. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 792, S.P. 274
An Act to Allow Preliminary Steps to be Taken in Preparation for the Mandatory Use of Conviction Data in Teacher Screening. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BERUBE of Androscoggin)

L.D. 793, S.P. 275
An Act to Confine Tribal Gaming to the Reservation of the Licensed Organization. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 794, S.P. 276
An Act to Ensure That Child Support Obligations are Met. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 795, S.P. 277
An Act to Except Grading from Definition of Excavation in Dig Safe Law. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 796, S.P. 278
An Act to Require Employees to be Paid at Least Once Every 2 Weeks. (Presented by Senator AMERO of Cumberland)

L.D. 797, S.P. 279
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $9,400,000 to Enable Maine Public Broadcasting to Implement the Federally Mandated Conversion to Digital Broadcasting. (Presented by Senator AMERO of Cumberland)

L.D. 798, S.P. 280
An Act to Permit Local Control and Funding of An Educational Building in Accordance With a Municipal Charter. (Presented by Senator DOUGLASS of Androscoggin)

L.D. 799, S.P. 281
An Act Requiring Labeling of Unpasteurized Milk Products. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 800, S.P. 282
An Act to Create a Tax Credit for Licensing Fees Paid for the Use of University Patents on Wood Fiber Reinforced Products. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 801, S.P. 283
An Act to Strengthen Marine Fisheries Conservation Protection. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 802, S.P. 284
An Act to Make Technical Changes in the Marine Resources Laws. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 803, S.P. 285
An Act to Increase the Penalties for Violation of Lobster Conservation Laws. (Presented by Senator GOLDTHWAIT of Hancock)

L.D. 804, S.P. 286
An Act to Prohibit the Appointment of Lobbyists to the New England Fishery Management Council. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 805, S.P. 287
An Act to Close Certain Areas to the Harvesting of Herring. (Presented by Senator HARRIMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 806, S.P. 288
An Act to Provide Adjustments to Accommodate Increases in the Cost of Living for Injured Workers. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 807, S.P. 289
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Establishing a Rainy Day Fund. (Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford)

L.D. 808, S.P. 290
An Act to Amend the Homestead Exemption Law. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 809, S.P. 291
An Act to Create a Local Option Sales and Use Tax. (Presented by Senator MURRAY of Penobscot)

L.D. 810, S.P. 292
An Act to Encourage Responsible Employment Practices. (Presented by Senator CATHCART of Penobscot)

L.D. 811, H.P. 571
An Act to Amend the Law Regarding the Evaluation of Juvenile Sex Offenders. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 812, H.P. 572
An Act to Allow the State Police to Accept Revenue for Providing Services to Municipalities and Counties. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 813, H.P. 573
An Act to Amend the Requirements of Full-time Students for State-funding Purposes. (Presented by Representative LaVERDIERE of Wilton)

L.D. 814, H.P. 574
An Act to Create a Lemon Law for Inboard Motorboats. (Presented by Representative MUSE of South Portland)

L.D. 815, H.P. 575
An Act to Require Counties to be Reimbursed for Medical Expenses Incurred by Prisoners from Other Jurisdictions. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 816, H.P. 576
An Act to Change the Size of Rings on Scallop Drags. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 817, H.P. 577
An Act to Require 90% of Estate Taxes Collected in Counties to Remain in the County Where Collected. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 818, H.P. 578
An Act to Require Municipal Police Departments to Assist When Called Upon by the State Police on the Interstate Highways under Certain Circumstances. (Presented by Representative FRECHETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 819, H.P. 579
An Act to Provide Funding for the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery. (Presented by Representative ETNIER of Harpswell)

L.D. 820, H.P. 580
An Act to Allow a Car Dealer to Operate a Motorcycle for Purposes of Testing or Transportation. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Farmingdale)

L.D. 821, H.P. 581
Resolve, to Amend the Qualifications for Participation in the Governor's Training Initiative Program. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Bridgewater)

L.D. 822, H.P. 582
An Act to Rename the Harassment Based on Characteristic Law. (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Buxton)

L.D. 823, H.P. 583
An Act Concerning Sheriffs' Annual Meetings with Municipal Officers. (Presented by Representative McALEVEY of Waterboro)

L.D. 824, H.P. 584
An Act Regarding Civil Actions Involving Insurance Coverage. (Presented by Representative SAVAGE of Buxton)

L.D. 825, H.P. 585
An Act to Increase the Frequency With Which Message Boards May Change Their Message. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 826, H.P. 586
An Act Concerning Student Medication. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 827, H.P. 587
An Act to Promote the Cranberry Industry and to Encourage Cultivation of Cranberries in the State. (Presented by Representative SHOREY of Calais)

L.D. 828, H.P. 588
An Act to Coincide Motor Vehicle Registration and Inspection Dates. (Presented by Representative MARVIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 829, H.P. 589
An Act to Increase the State's Contribution for the Cost of Health Insurance Premiums for Retired Educators. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Belmont)

L.D. 830, H.P. 590
An Act to Remove Uninsured Vehicles from State and Town Roads. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 831, H.P. 591
An Act to Limit the Maximum Finance Charge to 10.5%. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 832, H.P. 592
An Act to Reduce the Sales Tax and Review All Tax-exempt Entities. (Presented by Representative GOODWIN of Pembroke)

L.D. 833, H.P. 593
An Act to Decrease the Required Minimum Amounts of Liability Insurance Coverage for Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative MENDROS of Lewiston)

L.D. 834, H.P. 594
An Act to Provide Insurance Coverage for Wigs Required for Medical Reasons. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Augusta)

L.D. 835, H.P. 595
Resolve, Establishing a Commission to Study the Interrelationship Among the Maine State Retirement System, Social Security and Tax-advantaged Accounts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 836, H.P. 596
Resolve, Establishing a Commission to Study the Maine Education Assessment. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MURPHY of Kennebunk)

L.D. 837, H.P. 597
An Act to Provide Special Registration Plates Free of Charge to Purple Heart Recipients. (Presented by Representative MARVIN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 838, H.P. 598
An Act to Provide a Paralegal Assistant to Each Workers' Compensation Advocate. (Presented by Representative TESSIER of Fairfield)

L.D. 839, H.P. 599
An Act to Ensure Proper Identification of Nonresident Concealed Firearms Permit Applicants. (Presented by Representative POVICH of Ellsworth)

L.D. 840, H.P. 600
An Act to Provide Binding Arbitration for Police Departments, Sheriff Departments and Professional Fire Departments. (Presented by Representative MUSE of South Portland)

L.D. 841, H.P. 601
An Act to Exempt All Business Equipment from Property Tax. (Presented by Representative KASPRZAK of Newport)

L.D. 842, H.P. 602
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $100,000,000 for School Construction and Renovation. (Presented by Representative FRECHETTE of Biddeford)

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